Penryn College hosts Round Square International Conference

| November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Between 26 September and 2 October 2012, Penryn College in Mpumalanga hosted the annual Round Square International Conference. Round Square is an international association dedicated to the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn and drives formal programmes that develop international exchange, scholar democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and community service.

The conference brought together 500 delegates (scholars, teachers, heads and governors) from more than 30 countries and was themed ‘There is no existence without co-existence’.

Speakers at the conference included Sibusiso Vilane, the first black South African to complete the Three Poles Challenge; Professor Bruce Rubidge, a specialist in vertebrate palaeontology at the University of the Witwatersrand; Buhlebethu Dlamini, a member of the LoveLife organisation; and Kim Wolhuter, whose grandfather was the first game ranger in the Kruger National Park. Senior South African National Parks investigator Frik Rossouw spoke to the delegates about rhino poaching and, in a community Penreach workshop hosted parallel with the conference, Oprah Winfrey addressed more than 1 000 teachers from surrounding schools, via a live feed.

Delegates then took part in community service in under-resourced schools in surrounding communities to see first-hand the effects of committed interventions in impoverished communities.

Category: Summer 2012

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