Reach Out South Africa
Reach Out South Africa (ROSA) is a FABSA outreach programme, which focuses on the development of school-based family and community programmes that support teachers and learners, focusing mainly on psychosocial issues. It is through this initiative that we aim to transform communities, one school at a time. FABSA promotes goals 1- 5, 8, and 16 of the United Nation's Sustainable Development (SDGs) www.undp.org. FABSA's intervention programmes are guided by these seven goals. Through its ROSA Programme FABSA utilises the skills and experience of retirees, keen to plough back and be of service to their communities. Also, FABSA serves as a catalyst for galvanizing communities to be part of the societal change they desire, through homegrown solutions that get community members involved.
ROSA supports teachers, parents, learners and communities in creating an environment conducive to learning. It provides support for school governing bodies (SGBs), school principals and teachers to reach out to parents by providing them with support and skills enabling them to actively participate in their children’s schooling and be part of the decision-making processes affecting the education of their children. In conjunction with the SGB, the principal and teachers ROSA focuses on building strong partnerships between parents, communities and schools. The aim is to mobilize broader society to rally behind schools helping them to develop into communities' nerve centers. From tending school gardens, providing school lunches, to manning the libraries, conducting reading classes, homework supervision, sports coaching, mentoring of both learners and teachers ROSA will provide support in encouraging parent and community involvement. Where there is a need, ROSA will stand in the gap for parents. Retirees, who are not already skilled in the above areas, will be up skilled in order to fulfill their assigned roles.
A learner comes from a home; a home comes from a community, communities form societies. Social problems that exist in a home/community often play themselves out at school. It is often the case that children who are troubled at home, who face problems such as neglect from parents who work 24/7, hunger, violence, abuse, etc. display a troubled character at school as well. Whether it is an abusive home, absent parents, drug use in the community, or problems related to extreme hunger and poverty, learners cannot turn into angels as soon as they enter the school gates.
It is for this reason that FABSA wants to build bridges between schools and families/communities. Schools should not be stand-alone entities, hoping to correct preexisting community social ills; instead they should become communal centers around which whole communities are mobilized for solution seeking strategies. Could it be that as Mark Friedman said: the social ills facing our communities are opportunities, camouflaged as problems?
Join us in our Pilot Project
For the past year FABSA has been piloting the ROSA project at Athlone Girls High in Observatory, South of Johannesburg. The school has about a thousand girls; mostly from poor backgrounds At least ten percent are foreign nationals. Although Athlone is a fee-paying school, almost fifty percent of the learners have applied for exemption since they cannot afford the fees. What FABSA will look at is:
- Poverty and hunger alleviation
- Establish a school garden
- Reading, library services and English proficiency
- Tutoring and mentoring program
- Promotion of parental involvement and family literacy
- Drug and violence prevention programs
- Counseling programs
- Character building programs
Click here to join us or enquire if you are interested.