At Redhill, we believe that it should be every student’s goal to make and leave a lasting impression on their society and on the world. Learning to give back to one’s community is an important step in the positive development of young people. With the right community engagement opportunities, our students can become active participants in helping solve societal problems and perhaps world issues.
Learning, through community engagement programmes, enables young people to connect what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations. Often, these experiences push them out of their comfort zones to see the world in new ways. These experiences encourage young people how to think critically about the world around them and prepare them to confront moral dilemmas and reflect on their own values.
Our students are capable of understanding complex issues and exploring complicated problems. Community engagement experiences will present them with opportunities to innovate by effecting change in their communities and beyond. At Redhill, we want our students to investigate and explore solutions to national and international problems. We need them to question and respectfully debate how to improve the society in which they live. For this, we need an engaged citizenry, who care enough to change established systems that are inefficient or unjust.
The various Redhill community engagement programmes, under the guidance of our Director of Community Engagement, Siphiwe Vilakazi, will give our students the opportunity to engage with such issues, developing them into questioning, caring and innovative young people.
Presently, we are partnering with The Tomorrow Trust in running a Saturday school programme at Redhill, providing comprehensive academic support to orphans and vulnerable children. We are hoping to involve our Grade 11 and 12 students in tutoring sessions.
Our Grade 10 students will be embarking on a community engagement programme, at Siyakhula Childcare and Support Centre in Orange Farm. This is a centre for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Our students will be involved in clearing, building and painting work.
We have also teamed up with Community Service Hours SA, who have created a portal, where our students will be able to find community engagement opportunities, in organisations that have been verified and approved.
I encourage all students and their families to get involved in the many community engagement programmes that are available at Redhill as well as those that are already operating within the broader community.