Minister Angie Motshekga Addresses the 2023 RCL Conference: Advancing Learner Participation

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On June 29, 2023, the Premier Hotel in Arcadia, Pretoria hosted the 2023 Representative Council of Learners (RCL) Conference, where Mrs. Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Basic Education, delivered her speech. The conference aimed to improve the functionality of RCLs and provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss potential improvements. This article summarizes the main points of the conference and highlights the importance of empowering student leadership in South African schools.

The Role of Representative Councils of Learners

Representative Councils of Learners play a vital role in promoting student leadership and addressing learners’ concerns in their respective schools. However, some RCLs struggle to function effectively in their designated roles. The conference aimed to address these challenges and collaboratively find solutions to enhance the effectiveness of RCLs in South African schools.

Empowering Student Leadership

Minister Motshekga stressed the importance of nurturing a culture of active learner participation in the decision-making process and developing strong leadership skills. Empowering students to take charge of their educational journey is crucial to fostering a generation capable of driving the country forward.

Topics of Discussion

The conference brought together a diverse group of participants, including educators, government officials, and students. Discussions and debates centered around enhancing RCL functionality, accountability, and the role of technology in promoting student leadership.

Consistent and Transparent Communication

A key issue discussed at the conference was the need for consistent and transparent communication between RCLs, school management, and students. Effective RCLs must advocate for learners’ needs while maintaining a collaborative relationship with the administration. This requires open channels of communication and mutual respect among all parties involved.

Necessary Resources and Training

The conference also emphasized the importance of providing RCLs with the necessary resources and training to excel in their roles. While RCLs are expected to be knowledgeable and skilled in various areas, they may require guidance and mentorship to reach their full potential.

The 2023 RCL Conference proved to be a fruitful endeavor, with stakeholders engaging in thought-provoking discussions and exploring innovative solutions to the challenges faced by RCLs in South African schools. The Department of Basic Education and Minister Angie Motshekga’s commitment to addressing these issues bodes well for the future of student leadership in the country. Empowering learners to lead and shape their communities is crucial to contributing to the country’s growth and success.

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