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Logo and visual identity for the Bambisanani Partnership – a unique collaboration developed by St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Menston in the UK… Read More
Logo and visual identity for the Bambisanani Partnership – a unique collaboration developed by St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Menston in the UK, and Mnyakanya School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. The logo was created entirely by our school. Read Less
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Bambisanani Partnership logo
Logo creation for acclaimed international partnership between two schools
In 2007, David Geldart, recognised that school- based fundraising was never going to be enough, so efforts began to engage the business community through a variety of meetings and presentations. At one such meeting a group of businessmen asked what the name of the project was. They were informed that it was the Mnyakanya School, Kwa Zulu Natal, St. Mary’s School, Leeds, Partnership: not the snappiest project name it was agreed.

As a result, St. Mary's Menston in the UK and Mnyakanya High School in South Africa began to discuss a project name that would best symbolise what their collaboration was about. Discussions took place over several months but eventually the schools came up with ‘The Bambisanani Partnership’, Bambisanani being the Zulu word for “working hand in hand”.

Having agreed a name, a logo was then drawn by St. Mary's Menston teacher Helen Booth and students to symbolise the nature and ambition of the partnership. It is a traditional Zulu handshake. This process took months but was worthwhile as it gave the two schools a real focus and unique identity. As such, the Bambisanani Partnership officially emerged in October 2007.

The sketched logo was turned into a vector using Adobe Illustrator and recoloured with skin tones.

The typeface of the Bambisanani Partnership was chosen to be Adobe Garamond (because the serifs look good in the logotype and it is also readable in long passages of text).

The recognisable logo has been used online, on large displays, items of clothing, certificates, greeting cards, in our book Bambisanani: The First Five Years, newsletters, flags, posters and more.

bambisananipartnership.com
Bambisanani Partnership [WIKIPEDIA] 
'Students Serve Poor in South Africa' [CATHOLIC HERALD]
'National Acclaim for Menston globe trotters' [YORKSHIRE EVENING POST]
We had pin badges made in gold, silver and bronze for our Bambisanani Award scheme open to pupils at our school. The logo looks good when adapted to 3D (in one colour).