Five boys represented St Andrew’s College at the Round Square Junior Conference hosted by St Stithians College from 6 to 10 March. We were represented by our delegation of David Brits, Matthew Baisley, Anga Mayatula, Oliver Hutton and Jack Cullinan accompanied by Mr Ryan Dewey (Director of Outdoor Education) and Mr Ben Whitfield (Round Square Representative and HOD: History). The conference took place in the Dinokeng Game Reserve in Limpopo Province.
Our delegation was privileged to meet and interact with like-minded pupils from around the world including representatives from 19 different schools across 8 different countries from as far afield as Brasil, India and Denmark. The conference theme, ‘Inhlaba’ (Aloe), embodied the spirit of Environmentalism and the importance of recognising the inexorable connection between humankind and the natural environments that we inhabit. The conference challenged delegates to reconsider their place in the natural world and assess their sense of responsibility in committing to a more sustainable interaction with nature on a global scale. Delegates were encouraged to work together to engage with problem-solving exercises that required a sense of self-awareness as well as teamwork. A most valued outcome of the conference was the understanding that environmental issues and sustainability are issues that need to be raised at the highest levels of global leadership. This commitment to environmental leadership on a global scale provided much food for thought.
Highlights of the conference included a keynote address by the world-renowned trackers from the Tracker Academy at Londolozi Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands. This address drew on an impressive depth of knowledge and experience to challenge our delegates to adopt a ‘trackers mindset’ when they are in pursuit of their own goals. They presented a powerful allegory for responsible and compassionate leadership in the face of environmental crises.