21 MARCH 2013


South Africa Human Rights Day (21 March) was declared International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the United Nations, following the Sharpeville massacre that took place on the 21 March 1960 , where 60 people were killed and 180 people suffered injuries. This day marked a watershed in the country’s liberation struggle. Human rights Day was officially declared a public holiday in 1994, following the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela.


 Human Rights Day in South Africa is a day where all citizens are given the opportunity to reflect on the provisions in the Bill of Rights in the country’s constitution, which aims to promote and uphold respect for Human Rights. It is a day of promoting Human Rights by engaging in activities that promote equality and promotion of Human Rights in our schools and communities.


The Right to Education is entrenched in the Bill of Rights. Here is an example of how you and your learners can commemorate Human Rights Day. Go to “How is the Human Rights temperature in your school”, by clicking on the link below: .

Find activities on the Human Rights Resource Centre website to get staff and learners to engage in, follow the link;


NAPTOSA also encourages teachers and learners to sign the pledge to Stop Rape. This pledge is based on the Bill of Responsibilities.

The Pledge:

·         I pledge to uphold the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa

·         I pledge to abide by the laws of the country

·         I Pledge to respect the rights of others irrespective of age, race, sex or sexual orientation

·         I pledge not to rape or commit any form of sexual harassment, abuse or violence

·         I pledge to report any form of wrongdoing to authorities

·         I pledge to honour the responsibilities that come with these rights and to be a good citizen.