Campaign wants to foster pride

2016-02-10 06:00
LEFT: Flag hoisters Goitsione Olivier (left) and Falu Gueye, both in gr. 7, observe the singing of the national anthem during the vi­sit of Sylvia Lucas, premier of the Northern Cape, to the Sol Plaatje Primary School.

LEFT: Flag hoisters Goitsione Olivier (left) and Falu Gueye, both in gr. 7, observe the singing of the national anthem during the vi­sit of Sylvia Lucas, premier of the Northern Cape, to the Sol Plaatje Primary School.

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LEARNERS were able to experience the importance of the national flag and learn about the protocols of South Africa’s national symbols in the presence of dignitaries at the Sol Plaatje Primary School.

The Provincial National Identity campaign was launched in Galeshewe by Sylvia Lucas, premier of the Northern Cape, and Lebogang Motlha­ping, MEC of sport, arts and culture in the Northern Cape.

Emphasis was put on teaching the learners the correct way to sing the national anthem, as well as teaching them the African Union anthem as per the primary objectives of the National Identity campaign initiated by president Jacob Zuma last year during his State of the Nation address.

Promoting the constitution by reciting the preamble during assembly and promoting patriotism at all schools is also among the objectives of the campaign.

Through the programme, government wishes to reach all South Africans – young and old, in public schools, of different racial groups, in civil organisations or formations, including business – in an attempt to strengthen relations among South Africans and work towards a common identity.

“This programme is aimed at building a common national identity in which children, not only government, have an important role to play. They can start off by reporting at home the meaning of this programme, that South Africa and the African Union emphasises living together,” said Lucas.

Speaking about how today’s children have the advantage of experiencing unity, as they did not experience what their parents had suffered through, Lucas emphasised the importance of learners knowing their code of arms and being able to teach it at home.

Lucas also reminded teachers of their responsibility to lead children in the right direction regarding the issue of being being proudly South African and African.

She highlighted that the programme was starting with the children, because adults had their own differences motivated by anger, but children needed to be taught from a young age that, although we are different, “we must still be united in our diversity”.

“It is possible to build a better South Africa with our children, because they will be the adults of tomorrow; we are positive that, through programmes such as these, we can build a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa united in its diversity.”

Learners broke into cheers after the recital of the preamble of the South African constitution by fellow learner Sthembiso Makheleni.

Henceforth, it will be expected that all learners recite the preamble during assembly to remind learners that people should be united as South Africans.

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