Launch of College’s Anti-Discrimination Policy
ADP – Product of College’s unique Social Awareness Council
The Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP) was drafted by a representative and diverse panel of stakeholders from Maritzburg College. The process began with learner engagement, surveys, focus groups, interviews and a series of workshops facilitated by Shikaya which eventually culminated into the essence of this policy.
The key purpose of the ADP is to ensure that every member of our school community feels that this school is a safe space for him/her and that he/she feels accepted as a valued member of the College family. The ADP firmly acknowledges the bruised history of our country but explicitly affirms the school’s stance to move forward and build a positive future for our boys. Further, College remains firm in our belief that any difference — racial, cultural or economic — is not a dividing factor in this school but serves to enrich and enhance our vibrant school community.
Our “College Culture” supports unequivocally the dignified and fair treatment of everyone within the school community irrespective of race, gender, sex, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, pregnancy, family responsibility, marital status, HIV status, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language, birth or on any other arbitrary ground. The ADP solidifies this stance in its fundamental respect for the human rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms of all as entrenched in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Any occurrence of Unfair Discrimination will therefore be dealt with and has no place in this school where our aim is to create a safe and enabling environment for all our boys, staff and visitors. We recognise also our responsibility to produce young men who are engaged, aware and conscientious citizens of this country.
This policy therefore explicitly identifies acts of discrimination based on the grounds of race, religion or cultural association; gender and disability. Further, it outlines the process to report such incidents to ensure the overall well-being and safety of all concerned. By being explicit, we aim to not only expose those who go against the culture of our school but to support those who for no reasonable reason are made to feel humiliated. This is therefore a document that not only speaks to a process offering support and consequence; but one that speaks to the heart of our school.
The full Policy can be downloaded here