SGB role has been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Motheo Mmo­lawa Mmat­satsi

BE­ING a school gov­ern­ing body mem­ber is time-con­sum­ing and a lot of work. Yet, I en­joy learn­ing more about the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and sup­port­ing my chil­dren’s school.

I feel it’s very im­por­tant to be in­volved in our chil­dren’s learn­ing, and be­ing par­ent gov­er­nors al­lows us to voice con­cerns/opin­ions in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

I feel it’s a com­mu­nity ef­fort to make the school and the chil­dren achieve their best, and I feel proud to be part of the school.

I’m hum­ble be­cause, from the mo­ment one walks through the doors of Dikakanyo Pri­mary, there is such a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere and you can feel the en­thu­si­asm of the staff and pupils.

The chil­dren are en­cour­aged to work hard and do their best in stim­u­lat­ing sur­round­ings. I think I con­trib­ute by sup­port­ing the staff and at­tend­ing meet­ings and events where the school is tak­ing part.

As a par­ent, how a school works can be a bit of a mys­tery, but be­ing a gover­nor has helped me un­der­stand a lot more about my chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

Schools need lively gov­ern­ing bod­ies to help shape and over­see their run­ning, and it is sat­is­fy­ing to feel that you can have a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence. It is also good to know that the work you are do­ing with the school is help­ing to im­prove your own child’s ed­u­ca­tion.

I think peo­ple from all walks of life prob­a­bly have skills that can be use­ful to schools, although they may not re­alise it. For ex­am­ple, I see be­ing a gover­nor as a way of putting what I have learnt in life to good use.

Be­ing a gover­nor is more than just con­tribut­ing to the school; it’s a way of giv­ing back to my com­mu­nity.

All par­ents have some­thing to of­fer, what­ever their level of un­der­stand­ing of ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments.

My time as a par­ent gover­nor is re­ward­ing and has helped me de­velop a more rounded un­der­stand­ing of what hap­pens be­hind the school gates. Ma­go­goe Vil­lage, Mahikeng

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