Pupils know of peace and pride

2015-09-29 06:00
Emile YX Jansen from Afrikaaps says pupils must take pride and ownership of the Afrikaans language


Emile YX Jansen from Afrikaaps says pupils must take pride and ownership of the Afrikaans language PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Kensington High School pupils were taught a new lesson on Tuesday last week – how to be peace ambassadors and be proud of their Afrikaans language.

An outreach programme, called “the peace and pride”, was organised by the Wes-Kaapse Kleurlingontwikhelingsorganisasie (WKKOO) and the KenFac Concerned Residents group. Grade 8 to 10 pupils packed the school hall as they listened attentively.

They also watched a documentary which focuses on a theatre piece, entitled Afrikaaps, and is based on the creative processes and performances of the stage production.

Using hip-hop, the film and the stage play attempt to reclaim Afrikaans – long considered a language of the oppressor – as a language of liberation. The film “liberates” Afrikaans from its negative reputation, taking it back to the people who own it.

The aim of the school outreach programme was to make the pupils aware of the good things they can do for their communities by having inner peace. Despite coming from different backgrounds their school is a prominent school. They were urged to make a collective effort to keep it like that.

Ricardo van Niekerk, WKKOO chairperson, said at the school: “A lot of kids are surrounded by negativity and we want to change that, we want them to see the good.

“It has taken a lot from us and it has disturbed our peace but our aim today is to make them find inner peace and see the good in the community other than seeing the bad that surrounds them. But before going out to seek peace or plant peace in the community, they must have peace within themselves.

“There is a lot that can be done and we are targeting pupils as they are the future leaders of the country, so we must teach them and make then understand the true essence of standing up for the community and doing good.”

Emile Jansen from Afrikaaps told the students they must be proud of speaking Afrikaans.

“We come from a rich history and most of it is not even taught here at school. Take pride in your language, know where you come from, be interested in learning other things as well about your language. Afrikaans is spoken by many people and what we must learn is to talk the language with pride. When you look or talk Afrikaans don’t talk like you’re burdened. This is our language and we must be able to speak it properly and any time. No-one should feel ashamed; there is so much to learn and share about this language, so take pride,” says Jansen

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