ELADIN, located in the Faculty of Education at Nelson Mandela University (NMU), in collaboration with the New York University, is a multidimensional leadership case study of school-university-community collaboration. This comparative exploration and theorisation of a contemporary value-based leadership framework (VBLF) in South Africa is based on the leadership praxes of four individuals in an educational pipeline. Within this pipeline our key roles are: the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Mandela University – Dr. Muki Moeng; a school principal, Ms. Nombulelo Sume, and a classroom educator Mr. Jarren Gangiah, both at Charles Duna Primary School; and a university Director, Dr. Bruce Damons at Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha (formally known as Port Elizabeth); who all work together with Taffie Chizu, a program assistant at Mandela University, and Prof. Carol Anne Spreen, a partner from New York University, US.
The ELADIN project illustrates a “Golden Thread of Leadership” woven through our different roles and leadership spheres. By envisioning education as a pipeline our team was able to explore a range of skills and capacities needed for leaders to improve education quality – from the classroom to school, school to community, community to university. This pipeline further represents the different teaching and learning spheres we work in – from individual to interpersonal, from formal and institutional, to social and community-based.