About SAPA

Founded in 1995 during a launch conference in the Western Cape, the South African Principals’ Association (SAPA) adheres to the principles of non-alignment with any political party, organisation, or other educational bodies. This unique approach allows individuals to maintain membership in major teacher unions across South Africa while also being active SAPA members.

While SAPA serves as the national umbrella organisation, its effective operations occur at the provincial level. Each province elects its own executive committee, responsible for organizing activities such as conferences, local seminars, newsletters, and negotiations with provincial education departments on behalf of its members.

Benefits that SAPA can offer you!

The SAPA National Executive Committee convenes once per term, typically in Gauteng (either Johannesburg or Pretoria), and these gatherings often involve interactions with the National Department of Education. The President and members of the Executive Committee regularly engage in discussions with the Department of Education, notably with Mr. James Ndlebe (Director: Education Management and Governance Development), addressing a range of issues pertinent to school management.

Your Membership

Our professional body is dedicated to enriching your skills and fostering your professional development, empowering you with the confidence needed to effectively lead your school. By joining our organisation, you not only enhance your own abilities but also bring valuable resources and insights back to your school, ultimately benefiting the entire educational community.

Discounted Services

Our partners provide special pricing on their products and services, which is exclusively available to SAPA Members. This collaboration aims to expedite educational progress, and these discounted rates for our members streamline the process by enhancing affordability and accessibility to resources.

The 4th Industrial Revolution

By joining SAPA, you're not just becoming a member; you're equipping your school to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution. As a member, you'll gain access to cutting-edge advancements in the educational sector, tailored to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving technological landscape. From innovative teaching methodologies to digital learning tools, SAPA ensures that your institution stays ahead of the curve in preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century workforce.

The National Conference

Attending the yearly national conference ensures that you stay up-to-date with educational advancements through engaging keynote speakers and hands-on workshop sessions. Each year, a different SAPA provincial executive hosts the conference, providing a diverse experience.

Conferences and Workshops

As a member, you have the privilege to participate in local and provincial workshops, seminars, and conferences arranged by your executive, specifically tailored to address local requirements. Your active involvement at these levels plays a crucial role in assessing the efficacy of SAPA-MP.

Educational Leadership

To prevent any sense of isolation from global educational trends, SAPA offers avenues to stay connected with both national and international developments in educational leadership. This includes membership access to the International Confederation of Principals (ICP) and the African Convention of Principals (ACP), enabling you to stay informed about current world developments.

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