Celebrating a right to live, a right to be heard and a right to learn!

Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.This national day is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique Constitution, which gives equal rights to all.

The celebration provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights. South Africa is regarded as a beacon of hope on the continent, and internationally, in the promotion and protection of human rights. South Africans are called upon to celebrate living in a country that guarantees that humanity and dignity will never again be taken away from any South African, irrespective of their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.

Human Rights Day is a day to seek the elimination of schools-related-gender-based violence (SRGBV) and racism in schools. 70% of teachers in South Africa are women, therefore women in education should use their voice through platforms created by unions and other structures to engage and share experiences. Women in education should realise their unique role in promoting gender equality in unions and the teaching profession.

The Right to Education is entrenched in the Bill of Rights. Therefore, teachers are key role players in the realisation of this human right.
NAPTOSA calls on all teachers to unite for the rights of all learners to have access to quality public education, a healthy school environment and quality resources.

Teachers celebrate a right to live!
Teachers celebrate a right to be heard!
Teachers celebrate a right to learn!
Teach with dignity!