After 10 years of global support and solidarity since its official launch by the United Nations in 2009, Nelson Mandela Day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life but also aims to mobilize South Africans and the rest of the world to positively contribute to the lives of the less fortunate. The day encourages people to contribute 67 minutes of their time to give back to their communities in efforts to bring about positive change in the world.
This year’s theme titled Mandela Day: The Next Chapter, focuses on five key areas in which citizens can offer services to improve our world. The five areas are sanitation, education and literacy, food and nutrition, shelter, and active citizenship.
As a developing country, education and literacy remains the basic building block that can eradicate the high poverty rate in the country and this year the HWSETA actively championed the area of education and literacy by visiting Khiphulwazi Primary School situated in Umbumbulu, Kwa-Zulu Natal. On the day, the school’s Grade R’s to three’s received the isiZulu version of HWSETA’s first foundation phase career guidance booklet titled ‘Ufuna ukwenza msebenzi muni uma usukhulile?’ which translates to ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’. This informative and entertaining booklet aims to introduce foundation phase learners to the various career paths in the health and welfare sectors. This special event also comprised of a reading session where the book was read to the pupils in an effort to encourage and promote good literacy habits outside of the classroom. “As a Zulu medium school, they will be comfortable reading the book as it is written in their home language which will further aid in better understanding the various career paths in our sector compelling them to make informed decisions later in their lives”, commented Lungile Ncikazi, HWSETA’s KZN Provincial Manager.
The learners faces lit up as each one received a copy of the colourful and simple to read book that was paired with a colouring book version and crayons for learners to actively engage with the images that represent each career. “Reading is something so simple yet profound that anyone can do. We read to the children in their mother tongue today because they feel at home with the language – it is the language that they’ve grown comfortable to use. We want to instil in them at this tender age that they can read in their home language and that it can be fun. When this habit becomes familiar they will easily maintain it as they grow older”, concluded Ncikazi.
With education an important focus of Mandela’s legacy, the HWSETA is proud to have contributed to the promotion of early reading as this is the basic foundation that determines a child’s educational progress through school, higher education and into the workplace; it is the building block of an educated and skilled society.
Last modified: January 9, 2020