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Speaking notes for Minister Naledi Pandor at National Concert, celebrating 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, 26 June 2005, Minister Naledi Pan speeches

 

Speaking notes for Minister of Education, Mrs Naledi Pandor, National Concert, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter at the University of Pretoria, Groenkloof Campus

26 June 2005

Programme Director
Parents and pupils,

It is a pleasure to be here at this national concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter with you.

We need to take additional measures to familiarise greater numbers of our school children with the Freedom Charter. We say this because the Freedom Charter is not merely an historical document. It remains an important guide to the values and principles that are embodied in our constitution.

The Freedom Charter’s message is clear and simple; South Africa belongs to all who live in it!

The profound meaning of this statement goes deeper than the legal recognition of citizenship rights. It means that the authority of those who govern the country must be derived from the will of the people. But it also means that all of us have the responsibility to contribute to its development and progress.

The Freedom Charter’s education clause is entitled “The Doors of Learning and Culture Shall be Opened”. We have taken important steps towards giving effect to the clause: compulsory school education, broadening participation in higher and further education, and a successful scheme for financial aid to students.

Social and economic transformation of this country towards a non-racial and non-sexist society would be a dismal affair without the accompanying transformation of the arts in all its imaginative and exciting splendour.

Arts and cultural activities have an important role to play in promoting social transformation, cohesion and national identity. Our enrichment programme in schools is aimed at promoting stable, functional and vibrant institutions of learning and centres of community life.

Thank you.

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Written By: Administrator Account
Date Posted: 6/30/2008
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