Social Responsibility Junior School
The Social Responsibility Programme is based on putting Roedean’s core principles into practice. The critical analysis and thinking it promotes is part of a holisitic approach to education. This vision upholds the notion of responsible citizenship: one cannot exist in isolation from the community in which one finds oneself.
Vision and Aim
The community in which Roedean is located is diverse and dynamic, creating unique opportunities for pupils to engage with a variety of community-based organisations. Formal partnerships are nurtured with all the groups with whom the pupils interface, ensuring that there is joint ownership of the project outcomes.
Owing to the nature of social development in South Africa, many of the organisations assist and support orphans and vulnerable children. Such support has become a focal area of many of the projects.
Structures within the programme create opportunities for pupils to become part of a reciprocal learning-process through a commitment to the weekly and five-day residential projects with Phedisang in rural Limpopo and Nkobong Secondary School identified by in semi-rural North West province. Campaigns and drives are initiated by the Social Responsibility Board, which consists of elected pupils who are the social change agents within the student body.
Building the capacity of the pupils is paramount when one is striving for successful project-implementation. Therefore, training on the ethics of volunteering takes place, and emphasizes the value of integrity and respect. Social-responsibility initiatives develop pupils’ attitudes and values through direct experiences that deepen their understanding of the complexities that exist in a country, still in the process of transformation.
Internal Social Responsibility Structures
Social Responsibility Period
In a timetabled social responsibility period senior school pupils work on projects in collaboration with various partners. The senior pupils created resource boxes in line with the early childhood development curriculum for the Flying Children, an early childhood development organisation based in Slovoville, on the west rand. Pupils have also participated in making sandwiches for the Yeoville Community School Feeding Scheme.
Constitution Hill and Lawyers against Abuse are our more recent partners and Roedean pupils will walk on Women’s Day and deliver a memorandum to a Justice of the court on gender-based violence which will be followed by a panel discussion in the Women’s Jail. Pupils are preparing for this walk through various presentations and the making of banners and posters. Past projects have included partnerships with some of the following NGOs; Soul City on the Soul Buddyz programme, The Electoral Institute of Southern Africa, Heartlines and South African Human Rights Commission.
Social Responsibility Board
An elected group of representatives (15 in total) from each class are responsible for in-house initiatives. Initiatives include commemorating important days i.e. Youth Day, Women’s Day, World Aids Day, Human Rights Day, Mandela Day etc. involving pupils in various activities at the school, and making one-off volunteering days available to the pupils.