One of the aims of RUCE office is to promote leadership development of students in order to foster and enhance civic and social responsibilities.
Community Engagement at Rhodes has become a far-reaching activity, with over 600 students organising and initiating their own engagements in sports clubs, societies and residences; on a weekly basis.
These are some of the amazing examples of student leadership at work here at Rhodes University:
Inkwenkwezi Early Childhood Education Society
Inkwenkwezi is an Early Childhood Education (ECE) volunteer programme run by Rhodes University students. Its primary focus is on the weekly paired reading sessions it organises with 5 schools in the Grahamstown area. Rhodes University students sign up to volunteer to tutor foundation phase learners in a comprehensive weekly paired reading programme.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilise students to make a difference in their communities while developing skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Enactus mission is “to bring together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business”.
Sailing and Kite Surfing Club
The Sailing and Kitesurfing club has established themselves as a meaningful partner with Eluxolweni Boys Shelter. In the first half of the 2019 they committed to refurbishing the library and with this goal completed much earlier than anticipated they ensued to build on their work.
The club, now facilitates weekly reading sessions with the Eluxolweni boys and has started regular soccer training sessions. With this solid relatiosnship settling down the club embarked on another task. They accepted a challenge from the Canoe club to clean up an area of Makhanda. They did this, and realizing how much waste had piled up they, again, took the goal and stretched it. They now do regular beach clean up whenever they go on sailing and surfing trips.
As newcomers to the Community Engagement scene, the Canoe Club has been on a learning journey this year. They’ve been at the forefront of encouraging other sports clubs to dig deeper and do more. They’ve hosted community clean ups that brought several civil organisations together and have consequently challenged other clubs follow their trend. The club has also established a relationship with Nombulelo High school geography pupils. Togehter with these pupils they go paddling at Settlers dam and expose the learners to the practical element of geography. The club has had a highly successful year which they believe “adding Community Engagement to [their] agenda” has played a role in.