Building a generation of active citizens
During a routine volunteering event that her school, Kingsmead College, had organised at Hillbrow based learning and fun center, DlalaNje, Jenny Venter noted that there were many children who were of Francophone origin but who were losing their mother tongue.
Driven by her passion for volunteerism and active citizenry, Jenny collaborated with the school's French department to launch a Saturday school for the French speaking children of Ponte towers, to be run with the French learners of the college.
The Saturday classes are beneficial to all who take part, whether they are practicing for an exam or holding onto their heritage. When the French embassy found out about the initiative they donated 200 new French books to the cause!
Although this initiative is certainly one to brag about, Kingsmead College have a great respect and drive for active citizenry and it forms part of their values as a school. We invited Jenny and her team into studio to chat with 947's Alex Caige about their work:
"Our vision is founded on considerations and care for others. We expect all our girls to get involved in community service...our ultimate goal is to instill and activate active citizens."— Jenny Venter, Head of Service at Kingsmead
"We have amazing projects, and we've developed some mutually beneficial relationships because it's not just doing for, it is doing with."— Jenny Venter, Head of Service at Kingsmead
Listen to the full interview below: