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Youth learn about citizenship Print E-mail
14 March 2011

The rights and responsibilities inherent in building a strong, united community were discussed by learners at a citizenship summit.

TALKS and teachings about Africa opened the Citizenship Learners Summit, the second year the gathering is being held.

 

Learners work on their first project
Learners work on their first project
The four-day summit, hosted by the Office of the City Speaker in conjunction with the Joburg Student Council, began on 11 March at Konka Camp in Magaliesburg. More than 150 learners from various high schools in Joburg took part.

 

“The idea of bringing learners from different backgrounds together is to promote the spirit of unity,” said the manager of civic education in the Office of the Speaker, Brenda Andrews.

Reinforcing this idea, team building activities were arranged to build unity between the learners. On Friday, the participants were divided into groups and had to prepare and present projects about Africa, on topics such as culture and tradition, religion, music, languages and politics.

Cutting up cardboard and painting was the order of the day as learners worked on their projects. They shared information and ideas. “Africa is all about ubuntu,” said Triston Marot from King Edward Vlll School, presenting the project of behalf of his group. “You make Africa great.”

The crowd cheered when Tebogo Debele from Johannesburg Secondary School recited the oft quoted speech by former president Thabo Mbeki, given when the South African Constitution Bill was adopted in 1996 – “I am an African”. All learners and mentors stood up and applauded Tebogo.

“We must instil patriotism in these children by teaching them African roots … It is important to revive the spirit and patriotism that prevailed among Africa people during the World Cup,” said Andrews.

The summit was all about grooming a generation of young people who would provide genuine leadership in future, she explained. “We need to invest in the future of our children. It takes a village to raise a child.”


 

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