As a Mercy School our core values include Global Responsibility, Compassion and Collaboration which we try to embrace on a daily basis. When the Rosies Beyond Borders Outreach Programme was launched a few years ago it aimed to unite the community service activities of all Rosies under one umbrella with these core values in mind.
With this in mind, St Teresa’s founded Ububele in 2015, a Saturday School for girls from a less resourced school. What better way to become involved in meeting the needs of South Africa than by paying forward the wonderful educational knowledge and opportunities that we all enjoy at St Teresa’s. Ububele means Mercy and Kindness in Zulu and is a fitting tribute to our founders, the Sisters of Mercy.
As Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy said...
“No work of charity can be more productive to society… than the careful instruction of women.”
Based on the principle of “pay it forward”, our learners and staff pass on their knowledge in English, Maths, and Computers to 20 Grade 6 girls and undertake a reading and development course with 15 Grade 2’s from a less resourced performing government primary school. Lifeskills such as swimming, netball, beading, knitting, self defence, public speaking, yoga, crafts etc are taught and enjoyed by the girls. By acting as teaching assistants, sports coaches and life skills facilitators at Ububele, St Teresa’s learners and staff are helping educate many young girls with the aim of giving these young girls the opportunity to be accepted into Model C government high schools. By supporting Ububele, they are directly involved in the education of women in society.
How Rosie girls from Grade 6-12 are involved in Ububele:
- Acting as teaching assistants in the Maths, English and Computer classes so Ububele children can have extra assistance if needed (hours can go towards community service hours needed for LO);
- Volunteering to do sporting activities with all Ububele learners;
- Life skills learnt in Grade 7-10 are PAID FORWARD to the learners at Ububele. Therefore the Ububele School and the Life skills programme works together;
- Catering and Housekeeping;
- Bus monitors and registers;
How ALL Rosies are involved in Ububele by:
- Raising funds for the sustainability of the school on MERCY DAY celebrations each year. On this day the whole school is involved in an Ububel-a-thon.
- Obtaining donations for the Ububele School from all your friends by supporting the Ububele online donation page;
- Grade 00-5s show support Ububele by holding numerous events for Ububele eg donations of swimming costumes, towels, stationery, holding Read-a-thons etc;
- Offering to do breakfast or lunch meals for the Ububele learners.
We are very proud of the interest our Rosies show in the community beyond our borders and in their incredible support for Ububele. As Catherine McAuley said “It is a special favour of God to be made a teacher” and we know many of our Rosies are loving passing on their education and knowledge to our Ububele girls.
Please click this link to see our special online card from the Deputy Head of Parktown Primary.
If you would like to get involved please see the dates for 2017 below.