ECDoE capacitates Learners on Leadership

Posted on Monday, 26 February 2018

By Cheera Dee Robinson

Category: Latest News

The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) hosted a Provincial capacitation of learner leadership at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in East London from 20-22 February 2018, to capacitate learner leaders on key commitment areas within the department.

Representative Council of Learners (RCL) members from all education districts gathered to listen and engage on key areas with the department such as, language policy, curriculum, infrastructure, school safety and much more.  Learners were listening attentively when their roles and responsibilities were outlined as leaders of their classes and schools.

WonkeManilegrade 11 learners from Nathaniel Pamla High School, in the Amathole District enjoys his role as a RCL member at his school.Manilesaid, “We ensure our fellow learners safety and good behaviour at school.”  He further went on to say that, “one of our responsibilities is to organise extra classes on Saturdays and Sundays, and we encourage our learners to go to extra maths classes.”

Manile also sits on the National Executive Committee for the Congress of South Africa Students (COSAS), where learners are a priority, “We push for students’ rights.”  Manile is passionate about students’ rights and assists in every way he possibly can.

“However, although we try our best for our learners we do face many challenges.” He outlined them as follows:

  • 1. Teachers get involved in the election process of RCL members – “they choose their favourites”
  • 2. Sometimes they reject submissions, when we play sport matches against other schools – “they feel it is not important”
  • 3. We would also like more access to address all learners at school, but don’t get many opportunities to do that.

With the theme highlighted, “Informed learner leaders, assist the system, MzimhleMabona, Acting Chief Director for Assessment and Examinations gave a very informative presentation provoking the thoughts in the learners’ minds, “The starting point of all achievement is desire.  Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

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Cheera-Dee commented on 27 Feb, 2018 06:17

Wow what an informative event, very well organised. Well Done!!!!

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