Values in the Lead… Looking within first!
In Ilembe, Amajuba and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal, and West Coast in Western Cape, our School Management Teams have agreed that their school’s vision and mission are very often dated, and not known by all stakeholders. The focus is on Excellence in Education but not defining it. Firstly, they had to reflect on the meaning of key words forming part of their vision. It was noticed how the articulation of the school’s vision is essential as it makes a school unique, strengthen the values we wish to internalise and experience through behaviour from our teachers, learners and parents and it should form the spine of how we deliver teaching and facilitate learning.
In Ilembe District, looking at their practices of “Open Communication”, Openness was associated with teamwork, responsibility, honesty and effective delegation. The thread defined as the challenge in many schools was about trust. Our School Management Teams and teachers, as servant leaders decided to seize the opportunity to reflect on their School’s Vision. The goal was to reinforce the meaning and simultaneously creating a Values Committee to ensure that regularly a value is explored by learners and educators underpinning a commitment towards building social cohesion within their school communities.
Openness for Transparency and Accountability!