Ubuntu Award 2017

The UBUNTU Award (instituted by the Es of 1956) is presented annually on Founders’ Day to the girl who shows awareness of and concern for the plight and needs of others and reacts compassionately and humanely to these needs.

This year, the recipient of this reward is not an individual, but a group of girls who have made an impact on a school community in the Transkei as part of the Isolomzi Outreach project with Rondebosch Boys’ High School.

In the June/July holidays of 2016, 10 girls from Rustenburg joined the Rondebosch boys on this trip. During this time each girl taught two subjects: Mathematics and either Physical Science or Accounting. Each day they taught 3 sessions compromising of 2 hours each. The girls were given old exam papers as resources to work through with the learners and through that, taught them basic concepts which they were struggling with. They realised what a challenge it is for some learners to get to school, with some taking 2 hours to school and another 2 hours back. In the afternoon after teaching the girls would play sports and games with the learners on the field.

Prior to the trip the girls helped to compile sanitary packs for the girls and collected stationery and clothing during a fundraising campaign.

One of the participants, Lauren Schaefer says: “Our experience truly left us feeling humbled and grateful. The trip was eye-opening and we realised how blessed we are to attend a school like Rustenburg. Many of the girls who went last year will be going on the trip again this year.”

Since the start of the Isolomzi Outreach project, under the leadership of Rowan Harmuth, a past maths teacher at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Isolomzi Senior Secondary School has experienced a drastic rise in its overall matric pass rate from 48% in 2011 to 90% in 2014. And in 2016, a pass rate of 97% was achieved!!

Congratulations to Holly Rowe, Megan Lodder, Alexandra Smith, Lauren Schaefer, Katrin van der Merwe, Nina Beckurts, Hannah Rens, Jennifer Darley Waddilove, Francesca Palmieri and Kia Arendse.