Community Partnership Programme
Making a difference to its rural neighbours
Man’s ultimate survival on Planet Earth will depend on his management and wise use of the environment. Since a great percentage of southern Africa’s population and Waterberg Academy’s neighbours in particular, exists within the natural surroundings, it makes sense, that these people too, are educated in the judicious use of the environment within the realms of the prescribed curriculum.
In many of our rural schools the natural environment is the classroom. And since things natural are interrelated, perhaps destiny has both dictated and created an opportunity for the people of South Africa to work in harmony with nature, and through education, evolve a sustainable utilization of our planet.
At the Waterberg Academy, we believe there is an opportunity for partnerships to be formed with all schools in order to facilitate development in a holistic manner.
As part of our philosophy and ethos we aim to:
1.Serve and grow with the broader community.
2.Meet with all stakeholders and facilitate the design and implementation of educational strategies.
3.Assist local educators in their personal progress, so playing a role in individual growth and development.
4.Bring together future generations to work as teams, solving real world issues and implementing their solutions. Ultimately, these students will become effective and proactive members of their own nation and of our global community.
5.Promote a culture of service beyond self, and thus foster a commitment of working towards a better future in our country.
The programme is multi faceted and has a number of arms in its umbrella.
The school has established a bursary fund and is continually seeking out donors who wish to make a difference. The monies raised are added to the fund, and worthy recipients are sourced and offered the opportunity of attending the school as a full-time student. The growth and achievement of the already fortunate children has been a humbling experience.
Working with the local rural teachers
Through the organising of workshops and discussion forums, interested stakeholders are brought together to share, debate and grow. It is relevant that during these interactive occasions, the emphasis is placed on support. The Academy staff work side by side with the participants, and together they evolve ideas given the meager resources available in their schools.
Experience has taught us that the programme cannot exist in isolation, and as such has to be researched and planned with the community.
Currently a fund is being investigated with the intention of assisting underprivileged school leavers who wish to study teaching. These student teachers will remain at the school for the duration of their studies, where they will be tutored in the required teaching skills and gain first hand experience.
This is a programme, in which the pupils at the school are encouraged to give service beyond self. The children volunteer to join this movement and run the programme themselves. Although in its infancy, the boys and girls already service a weekly feeding scheme which supports up to three hundred children, mostly below the age of twelve. They support the underprivileged children in Leseding through numerous schemes and serve in an Aids orphanage.
The end in mind
The dream is to continue to make a significant contribution and a difference to our wonderful country.