The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) and the Western Cape Government’s Eden and Central Karoo Department of Education, on 4 March 2017, held a Learner Summit at PW Botha College in George.
The aim of this initiative is to help learners fulfill their role as members of School Governing Bodies. The Schools’ Act requires that high school learners must be represented on school governing bodies; this is done specifically to expose young leaders to responsible governance and leadership as early as possible.
Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) offered help to the success of the by donating lunch packs for learners, as well as to give a message of support to everyone on the day. Mr Siphiwe Dladla, Personal Assistant to the Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, represented the Mayor’s office and delivered a speech that focused on leadership tips, which he received from the Executive Mayor over the past decade. Mr Dladla urged learners to lead by example and to stay true to themselves; to encourage two-way communication between other learners and themselves; to find a mentor and to always strive to improve themselves.
“Today, you will be taught of your roles and responsibilities as a member of a School Governing Body. Listen attentively and make notes, because the mentors here are the experts and they will guide you on the best path forward,” Mr Dladla said. Lastly, Mr Dladla also thanked educators for attending the summit while their families were at home.