Leadership Development: Eagles Rising

Another successful teambuilding for the new Eagles Rising students was facilitated during the week of 19 to 23 January 2015.

During this week, students had the opportunity to face their fears, learn teambuilding skills, sharpen their problem-solving and develop leadership through the completion of various challenging assignments. This year we were fortunate to have a sleepover at Manyano Centre in Paarl, where students climbed a wall, crossed a river, climbed a rock on Paarl mountain, did a mountain hike and walked up and down 400 steps through a forest.

Back at the Eagles Rising campus, they had to use their negotiating and problem-solving skills to build their own shelters and secure resources for their teams. On the Friday, they participated in an Amazing Race from Paardevlei to Harmony Park where the week was celebrated with a swim in the natural sea pools. The week was concluded with the traditional Walker Bay nature reserve hike in Hermanus.

These are the comments from some of the students on what they have learned during the week:

  • I learned that no matter how hard it is, one must always have hope.
  • I conquered my fears and realised that everything is possible if we think positive.
  • I’ve noticed that you won’t win all the time – it depends on how hard you work.
  • Work as a team, with God everything is possible.
  • All things are possible through Christ and faith develops endurance.
  • You must have faith and patience.
  • When you want something for your life, you must not give up.
  • Where we built the houses, it made me realise again for the first time after school that education and skills are important.
  • It is not easy to reach your goal alone – you need people to support and encourage at the same time.

For more information on the Eagles Rising programme, visit their website at www.eaglesrising.org.za.