Social Responsibility Overview
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 semi-rural Limpopo, Tapologo Aids Hospice, and Seolo Middle School in semi-rural North West. 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.