As part of the Life Orientation curriculum, children in south Africa from grade 8 to 12, are required to do between 20 and 100 hours of community service.
Parenting expert Nikki Bush joined by Karen Landi, the co-founder of Community Hours SA, give tips on how parents can teach their children to get involved in community service.
Community Hours SA also help schools, parents and learners get maximum benefit out of their community service endeavours. They match the needs of charity organizations with volunteers.
The option of doing community service gives children the opportunity to become contributors in society— Nikki Bush - Parenting expert
Listen to the full conversation below:
Nikki says children these days are brought up in a consumerist society. They are taught to buy and own things, and so are at risk of becoming takers and not contributors.
It is important to teach children how to be compassionate and give back to society, she says.
What we are finding now is that companies who are offering bursaries to students for university, are looking at the student's community service hours. And if you don't have 70 or 80 hours of community service they wont even look at you.— Nikki Bush - Parenting expert
Community service can happen in different ways. It can be in you own community closer to home or an adoption home with children to be taken care of or play with and etc— Nikki Bush - Parenting expert