Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, joined by Ms Elinor Sisulu, a representative of the Sisulu family, hosted a Women’s Day celebration in honour of Mama Albertina Sisulu under the theme: “Albertina Sisulu, a woman of fortitude: Be the legacy in moving South Africa forward”. The event, which took place at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on 11 September 2018, was organised to give learners an opportunity to draw on lessons from struggle icons such as Albertina Sisulu who dedicated her life to the liberation of South Africa.
Ms Elinor Sisulu is the author of the biography, “Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In our Lifetime”. Ms Sisulu took to the podium to share the struggle journey Albertina Sisulu undertook as one of South Africa’s freedom fighters. “My mother-in-law was a kind and strong woman who always stood for peace and social justice. She always embraced humanity and human dignity. Albertina Sisulu was known for her caring spirit amongst people who interacted with her personally. She also loved children and contributed to the strengthening of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in South Africa”.
Learners selected from five schools in Johannesburg and surrounding areas participated during the celebration. As part of the interactive sessions, Minister Motshekga highlighted the significance of celebrating the Centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu across the country. Learners also shared their commitment in emulating Albertina Sisulu’s legacy to build a united South Africa. Nomhle Ngwevu from Fons Luminis Secondary School in Johannesburg, said: “This event has been fruitful because it enhanced my understanding of the history of South Africa better. I salute Mama Albertina Sisulu for being a role model for many women in this country; her legacy will live on for many years to come”.
In her address, Minister Motshekga said that the DBE continues to celebrate the Centenary for learners to understand their role in society. She added: “You are our national asset; you have to take care of yourself and abstain from social ills such as drugs, alcohol and substance abuse.” The Minister further called upon learners to internalise the preamble of South Africa to work together in building a non-racial, non-sexist and a united South Africa.
Voluntary food handlers from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) and ECD practitioners were also given an opportunity to honour the struggle icon. Minister Motshekga acknowledged the work done by them in several school communities and added: “Your contribution to education makes a significant difference in this country; please keep up the good work”.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) continues to rekindle the legacy of Mama Albertina Sisulu through a series of learner interactive sessions aimed at promoting social cohesion, humanity and social justice in the schooling system.