Education is central to transformation

2016-11-10 06:00

A MULTIDIMENSIONAL approach is needed to tackle corruption and self-aggrandisement in South Africa in order to improve the lives of the less-fortunate people.

I believe that through the concept of active citizenship grounded in ubuntu, transparency, rule of law, accountability, good governance and democratic values, we can move South Africa forwards. A democracy requires both a skilled leadership and a forceful and energetic citizenry.

We need to develop educational programmes to improve skills like responsibility, co-operation, deepening, building and maintaining democracy, effective dialogue and communication.

These skills need to be taught at learning institutions in order to increase critical thinking and vibrant ability, to reduce intolerance and discrimination, and to build tolerance, understanding, compassion and openness to diversity and different cultures and religious practices.

Education is central to transformation and change.

An active civil society and service-orientated political culture will prevent entitlement and will combat authoritarian attitudes and herd mentality, and will encourage the development of intercultural and democratic values and systems.

To quote Dr Mamphela Ramphele: “True liberation is only possible if we liberate our consciousness and start behaving as active citizens, rather than as passive subjects.”

We need to defend fiercely and protect our Constitution and deepen democracy.

Every conscious-driven individual should serve notice that we, the citizens of South Africa, refuse to bow or back down against the corrupt who seek to defile our Constitution.

Mohamed Saeed

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