After 1994, as part of our democracy, SGBs 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.
It is vital to train our youth to take up positions of leadership in their communities and regions.
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 discover the qualities needed by good leaders. They learn about different leadership styles. RCLs learn ways of improving their people skills and how to build teams by understanding the people who form part of them.
RCLs will create a cadre of learners who will be ready to take the mantle of leadership and wear it competently to become our leaders of the future.