The South African Principals’ Association welcomes Principals’ into a professional group where current issues facing teachers are discussed. It also provides principals with invaluable support material, collegial interaction and workshop opportunities.

We encourage all South African Principals to join the Association. The South African Principals’ Association is in turn, affiliated to the International Confederation of Principals. The ICP has established links with principal associations in many countries and hosts a biennial international conference of principals.

History

SAPA was formed in 1995 at a launching conference in the Western Cape. It is based on the principles of non-alignment to any political party or organization, or to any other educator body or union. This paves the way for individuals to be members of the major teacher unions in South Africa and also be members of SAPA. While SAPA is the national umbrella body, the association effectively functions at provincial level. Each province elects its own executive committee to organize activities within the province, such as conferences, local seminars, newsletters, negotiations with provincial education departments in the interests of members etc.

Mission Statement

We, as members of SAPA, recognise and acknowledge our role as educational managers and leaders, and through our collective and professional conduct at local, provincial and national levels, strive to excel in our task through self-development and interaction as an independent, non-discriminatory and non-aligned Association.

  • Promote and enhance educational leadership and effective school management teams.
  • Provide opportunities for the professional development of Principals.
  • Participate in curriculum development and educational restructuring.
  • Recognise and promote the role of the Principal in the school and in the community.
  • Facilitate communication among educational leaders.
  • Undertake educational research, publish journals and or news sheets and disseminate professional literature.
  • Promote liaison with teacher associations and unions.
  • Establish links with international associations of Principals Promote the interests of members