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Our four pillars – Learn

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Learning is an important part of life for all humans.

From a tender age to where we are in the life stage at the moment. We learn to talk, walk, write, behave – all pretty basic skills yet so critical to master. Still, not many can master it all without a little help and some practice. As we grow older, we learn new things as well.

We learn how to deal with peer pressure, manage our emotions, complex formulas and equations, solve  various problems, make friends and how to help around the house. We also learn how to draw up and stick to a budget, guard our peace and how to take good care of our health.

Learning is clearly a process, one that should be constant and consistent. Others prefer to say learning is a journey – one that never ends. We believe in learning as a gateway to success.

No one succeeds without learning something – be it a technical skill or qualification, developing a right attitude and outlook towards life or the desirable conduct to treat others on your journey towards the top. Learning is a journey, meaning it is on-going and it does not end.

American author, Brian Herbert is quoted to say: “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”

At Lebone, we hold a strong work ethic towards learning in all that we do. We believe that learning is a choice, one that is encouraged and offered to everyone at Lebone. We also believe that learning goes both ways – I learn from you and you learn from me.

It is not always true that mentors must and should know it all, they depend as much on the mentees in executing their duties. Through this interaction, a lot of learning takes place!

We learn to work well as a team because we believe that each person on board is a vital component of the engine that drives Lebone. Learning must also be colourful; not dry and dull. A fun and safe space brings out the most in people and we try by all means to ensure that such a conducive environment is encouraged.

Learning does not only refer to academics and school work, it is a broader term that encompasses a holistic approach which address the often ignored soft skills that are as critical in the learning process. These include discipline, time management, memory and concentration skills and being able to co-operate with others as the learning process includes others. You need to learn from your tutors, mentors, teachers, parents, guardians and any other stakeholder that offers assistance. We are blessed to also have inspirational guests that offer their time and expertise to the organization on our sessions – it is important to also learn from them too.

In 2020, we also launched our academic support programme that runs on Saturdays between 9am and noon where our qualified tutors are on duty to cater for school subject requirements. Our lessons will go virtual in an attempt to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations in place.

Keep your sights on the website for updates and remember that there is no age limit to learning, so don’t stop learning!

Learn to grow, be a better human towards others and the world and to succeed.

 

Our four pillars – Serve

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American author Dr Eugene B. Habecker is quoted saying “The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests and in doing so, will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.”

Kneeling down in front of those you lead is not a sign of weakness.

Using words like ‘Please‘ & ‘Thank you.’ does not make you any less of a leader.

Saying ‘I am sorry, I made a mistake‘ does not make one any less of a good leader.

For there is immense power in vulnerability, humility and honesty. At Lebone Rivoningo Developments, we believe in the ethos of serving. We are an organization rooted in the active and lively streets of the township community where the needs of the people are our most prized possession.

Our existence is for the benefit of our broader community with its many components that often inter-related.

People need to be heard, appreciated and their presence, always acknowledged. In the words of soul songstress, India Arie, in her latest body of work simply titled “Worthy” released in 2019,¬† “Everyone of us is worthy.”

Humanity and ubuntu dictates that we embody the values of human rights as enshrined by our constitution. Being human, means having a special kind of understanding and compassion for the multifaceted elements that make up personal development. The kind of compassion that listens, observes without judging, is open to change and has heart.

It’s is a special type of understanding that comes from a place of love. For we all know that all good things of the world, thrive when they are rooted from a foundation of love.

Our cups are so full that serving is one of the ways we show our commitment to the vision and bigger picture of the organization. To serve is in us. To serve makes us whole. To serve gives us meaning to what we do. And we do all of this, because we value what we do and we find pleasure in making a difference. We find pleasure in being at your service.

To all our mentors, who dedicate their time, efforts and at times, finances in order to ignite the fire that makes more magic at Lebone. We salute you.

To all our stakeholders that work consistently to lend support, care and guidance, where needed. We are thankful and encouraged by the partnership.

We are anchored to serve our community, a need epitomized so beautifully by our former president, the late Nelson Mandela when he said “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of

We are here to serve.

We are here to help.

We are here for you.

#WeAreLebone

Our four pillars – Voice

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Voice is one of the tools we use to communicate with others. Voice enables us to be heard and our individual contributions to be noted.

We encourage both mentors and mentees to speak up and voice out any ideas or concerns that they may be having -it’s the one way the team can be able to assist.

In our pledge, we boldly say: “I have a voice.” because we believe that each and everyone who is part of Lebone has a say in determining the course of their future. They have a say in where the organization is headed. We all have a say in what needs to be done to ensure that personal development goals are achieved.

We use voice to interact with one another, to constructively engage, to gain knowledge, to enquire and to also listen to others.

Our voices are powerful tools we need to use in order to be heard. We encourage and facilitate healthy conversations on various issues affecting young people at all our sessions. In doing so, we promote a two-way dialogue that seeks to promote real-time interactions and feedback to our various themes as we gauge and assess the state of our mentors and mentees throughout the process.

Use your voice to build, motivate and support and not to harm, ridicule and undermine others. The manner in which you use voice is an important tool towards showing respect and care to others.

At Lebone Rivoningo Developments, we pride ourselves in ensuring that we create a comfortable and safe space for everyone to belong.

Our four pillars – Play

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At Lebone Rivoningo Developments, we make use of the four pillars of education as part of the core functions in executing our duties.

Play is one such pillar, and it’s one of the most popular pillars we make good use of.

Playing is a fundamental principle and skill that has psychological benefits towards learning and the overall well-being being and development of a young human being. It’s one of the popular pillars, I must add where mentors and mentees team up to step up to a creative challenge.

The Play pillar enables us to be innovative in conceptualizing our games so that we can enhance the thinking capacity to be able to think outside of the box. We get flexy, active, down and dirty, all in the name of healthy fun. We laugh, cry and cheer, all in the hope of boosting morale and showing camaraderie.

There is always a lesson and skill to learn from all our games.

30 seconds helps us think on our feet and be resourceful in coming up with good descriptions for words. It also teaches team work ethics.

Other games include, the one pictured, where the mentees were split into two teams and had to move marbles using sticks and not their direct fingers on the marbles, from one bowl to the next. This game requires exceptional balance and hand-eye co-ordination skills.

We had an exciting session play session indeed.

At Lebone Rivoningo Developments, we always learn and play together.

The people behind all the magic

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It’s often said how in most organizations, that it’s the people who are part and parcel of it that are the biggest assets.

Well, at Lebone Rivoningo Developments, it’s a mantra we enshrine and completely believe in.

As we abide by the lockdown measures put in place, let us take the time to acknowledge and celebrate the many lively, active and passionate souls that are behind all the magic at Lebone.

Yes, our super stars – that make all the magic happen!

Thabang – you’re our engine and that’s a given!

Diketso – you’re a tech genius!

Dineo – we’re always on the move with you by our side.

Khanyi – you’re a classic visionary!

Mikateko – your calm personality is unique.

Thembisile – your culinary skills are exceptional.

Kamo – your energy and youthfulness are contagious!

Koketso – your inputs are always profound.

Nomhle – we’ve got a disciplinarian in you

Motlatso – you’re an incredible all-rounder of note!

Tiani – you’re an entrepreneurial Goddess!

Snenhlanhla – we’re financially savvy because of you.

Talent – you’re one of a kind

Kerry – your tenacity is unmatched!

Modjadji – We are all because of you!

To all our stakeholders, who remain committed to the vision by supporting and encouraging us – we are grateful.

We celebrate all our leaders for the commitment and passion towards the organization. We look forward to more engagements and fruitful relations with each of you. Continue to be the light and ignite that spark in our communities!

Lebone Rivoningo Developments takes pride in its team, which is filled with incredible and dynamic leaders from all walks of life.

A new normal for Lebone

Our new normal
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Our hall is vacant. Chairs that would normally be packed to capacity are now unoccupied.

Our electric monthly impact sessions have been dealt a huge blow.

Our hearts may also be empty as well with the Covid-19 pandemic that is gripping the entire world – gripping our world too.

As Lebone Rivoningo Developments, we remain committed and are in full support of the various measures as put forth by the national government under the guidance of the World Health Organization to help flatten the curve of infections. We continue to remind all mentees and mentors to be exemplary citizens who wear a mask whenever they are in public spaces, wash hands frequently and daily with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers, practice social distancing and acceptable coughing and sneezing etiquettes to promote a healthy lifestyle.

These measures are part of our new normal.

We have also had to limit the amount of contact meetings and sessions that are usually held.

We are hard at work to map out a strategy for our way-forward with regards to how our work will have to be refined going forward. We also remain committed to the spirit of humanity during this time with the various interventions we have had to implement to assist our mentors and mentees cope during this difficult time.

As the famous adapted saying by American televangelist Dr Robert H. Schuller goes – the tough times will never last, it is the tough people that will. We are optimistic in adapting to the new normal as we aim to come out of this pandemic more stronger, united, healthier and determined to continue making a difference in our community.

Keep safe and watch the social media spaces for all our updates.

#WeAreLebone