After 1994, as part of our democracy, SGB's were set up in our schools to ensure that every part of the school community had a say in the process of teaching and learning. As part of this democratisation process, learner’s organisations were also given formal legal status by means of the South African Schools Act (SASA) which states that a Representative Council of Learners (RCL) should be set up to represent the interests of the learners in every public school which has learners from Grade 8 and above.
Leaders need to learn conflict resolution skills as conflict is inevitably a part of life.
Learners from Grades 8 to 12, who have been elected to form part of the RCL at their school. The RCL consists of two elected representatives from each class in a school – one male and one female. Single sex schools have just one representative from each class.
Learners find out the difference between competition and conflict. They learn to diagnose the causes of conflict by gaining an understanding of the different interests and issues which come into play. These learners are also taught negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills.
RCLs who are able to identify areas leading to conflict as well as learning the valuable skills of negotiation, mediation and arbitration which will help them as they take their rightful place in society.