The School Elections Campaign and I Love My School Campaign launched on 23 January at Waterkloof High School in Pretoria.
Interested parties, including parents, teachers, principals and members of school governing bodies (SGBs) were in attendance.
The programme included speakers such as Paul Colditz, the CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS), Daan Potgieter, the principal of Waterkloof High School as well as representatives from unions NAPTOSA and SAOU (Teachers’ Union).
A wide range of important topics pertaining to the importance of SGBs were discussed. Speakers listed the key functions of SGBs, such as financial management of a school, admissions and language policies.
The proposed Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill was also discussed. This bill aims to limit the above mentioned functions of SGBs and place those duties under the control of the state. SAOU said during their session that they are unequivocally against the Bill and that it threatens our democratic dispensation. Several of the other speakers agreed.
The School Elections campaign was introduced as a tool that informs parents of their rights with regards to their child’s education. The aim is to mobilise parents to participate in the National School Governing Bodies Election taking place in March this year.
The I Love My School campaign uses a much more emotive narrative. The focus of this campaign is to highlight the importance of voting to ensure that your child has the best possible learning environment. If you love your children, you have to go out and vote in March to keep their schools well-managed and to maintain a high quality of education for them.
Parents, family members and organisations can get involved with the campaign by following news about the campaign on Facebook at I Love my School (@LoveMySchoolZA) and School Elections (@SchoolElections). They can also visit our websites, www.schoolelections.co.za and www.lovemyschool.co.za