On 15 March 2014 Wynberg Boys’ High School hosted an International Boys’ School Coalition Conference in Cape Town. The conference was attended by principals from various boys’ high schools in South Africa.
The keynote address was given by Anthony Farr, the Foundation’s CEO. He explained the key features of an entrepreneurial mindset and how to develop it. Anthony highlighted the importance of developing such a mindset at a young age, that is, at school. He suggested some measures for principals to implement in their schools in order to ensure such development, but also encouraged creative thinking and collaboration among principals to come up with further ideas.
A number of Allan Gray Fellows were given the opportunity to share with the principals. Douglas Hoernle, Mbali Khanyi, Ludwick Marishane, Tokologo Phetla, Matthew Piper, Aldrin Boraine, Patrick Kayongo and Kevin Rodrigues each led discussion groups that centred on the themes of innovation – the consciousness thereof, its usefulness in education and its snowball effect – school motivation and leadership systems. These Fellows were also able to provide suggestions for introducing and nurturing entrepreneurial thinking at school.
The conference offered the hosts and participants an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas around entrepreneurship and its development from a young age. It was especially encouraging and inspiring to see the effect that exposure to entrepreneurship from a young age has already had in the lives of the Allan Gray Fellows.