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Communication Directorate of Department of Education and Sport Development hosted the annual Representative Council of Learners (RCL) Summit at Camelot Lodge, Stilfontein from the 08_10 September 2017. The purpose of the summit was to commemorate the 41 years of 1976 language uprisings where 200 RCLs from all the four districts of the province were invited to discuss the language, culture, sport and recreational challenges experienced by the youth today.

Among the attendees was the Honorable MEC Sello Lehari, Acting Deputy Director General (DDG) for Curriculum Management and Delivery-Ms D. Mohube, Acting DDG for Institutional Management Governance and Support-Dr S.H Mvula, Senior Management Team Members, Institutional Governance Support Services (IGSS) Co-coordinators & officials, Teacher Liaison Officers (TLOs), Corporate and district officials. Guests who graced the summit were Rev G. Letebele, former RCL Summit beneficiary- Mr.T. Mokhele, PanSALB (NWPLC) Deputy Chairperson- Ms N. Sonakile- Mbokwela, Prof. S.J Shole from North West University, Mr. G. Sechogo from Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) Head Office, 2015 comrades’ marathon champion- Mr. G. Kelehe, Parliamentary Liaison Officer (PLO) from Community Safety & Transport Management- Mr. S. Motlhabi, Films & Publication Board officials, Love life peer educators, publishing companies and Library Services officials.

On day two of the event, learners braked into four groups for commissions and the topics were as follows: 1. The non-existence of curriculum offering of African languages in public schools.  2. Why is there less visibility of sporting and recreational activities by youth today? 3. The pros and cons of social media with emphasis on how can the social media be used to benefit the learners. 4. With the advent of technology and its effect on young people, how can we still imbibe our traditions and ubuntu to maintain our identity?