Mandela Day originated after Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 where he said “it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”.
Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights, which he did with great personal sacrifice. The United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009.
The Mandela Day campaign calls on individuals, groups and corporates to pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July and as often as possible to give back to society. This can be done by supporting a charity or serving the community no matter how small the action. The aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mandela did.
NAPTOSA PROUD EXHIBITOR AT EDUWEEK (29-30 JUNE 2016)
Education is the foundation for a country’s sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental context. It is also a founding element of the right to a decent life and to individual development and a key factor for reducing poverty and inequalities.
The theme for EduWeek for 2016 is ‘Sustainable Development in Education’. This theme has been chosen to reflect EduWeek’s support of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), which focuses heavily on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. NAPTOSA along with other contributors at EduWeek, intends to play a key role in promoting this change.
In response to the recent service delivery protests and the burning of schools in Vuwani, NAPTOSA, with other stakeholders, were invited by the SAHRC to make a verbal and written submission on the impact of protest actions on the right to basic education. Mr David Millar (Deputy President) and Mr Basil Manuel (Executive Director) appeared before the “Hearing Panel of the Commission” on 13 June 2016 to present NAPTOSA’s response to the SAHRC brief.
Here are some of the salient inputs made by NAPTOSA :
•The right to education cannot be viewed in isolation – there are other competing Constitutional rights like the right to protest (sec 17) and the right to strike (sec 23).
•The manner in which the rights are exercised is crucial – if exercised with responsibility, and as intended, they should not affect the others negatively.
•The distortion of constitutional rights in the South African society must be addressed. People are quick to quote their constitutional rights without adhering to what the right actually determines.
NAPTOSA salutes the teachers and youth of 1976 for their contribution to changing the political course and education in South Africa.
As NAPTOSA celebrates 10 years as a Union, the country commemorates the 40th anniversary of the June 16 uprising. On June 16, 1976, more than 15 000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention of participating in a peaceful march to Orlando Stadium, to protest against the decree issued by the Bantu Department of Education that imposed the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at schools.
The teachers and youth of 1976, lacking fluency in Afrikaans, experienced first-hand the negative impact of the new policy in the classroom. Learners who looked forward to good academic performance saw how the implementation of the new medium of instruction policy and subsequent firing of African teachers who refused to implement it, negatively affected their academic performance. A peaceful march turned violent and set in motion a shift in South African politics both locally and internationally.
International Children's Day is observed annually on 1 June around the world to honour children's rights as per the proclamation of the 1925 World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland. This event coincides with South Africa’s Child Protection week, which is observed from 29 May to 5 June.
The theme for child protection week, ‘Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward’ is based on the spirit of moving South Africa forward. Child protection week seeks to raise awareness and assist parents, child-care givers, guardians and the entire society to be vigilant and partner with government in protecting and creating a safe environment for children. South African children are protected by the Children’s Act of 2005.