SONDELA DIALOGUE

South Africa celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Constitution and as a country we have realized that our Rainbow Nation has celebrated diversity through curriculum exercise in schools and through policies, but did we really engage as a nation to build pride in our identity, our constitutional values and who we are?

Through Sondela Dialogues, learners understand their role as active citizens, and take action through their Valued Citizens Clubs to enhance constitutional literacy and have a voice. The programme consists of open dialogues which are then translated into visual art. This exercise deepens the understanding of our constitutional rights, our responsibility as citizens, and the importance of nationhood.

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VALUES IN THE LEAD: EDUCATORS ARE THE PILLARS OF OUR SOCIETY, WHEN RECOGNISED THEY DEVELOP THE TENACITY OF OUR LEARNERS TO COMMIT TO THEIR EDUCATION

Over the years there has been a deep-seated sense of loss in the hearts of society and communities regarding how certain professions, previously viewed as vocations, have lost not only their appeal but their dignity and integrity. I dare say ‘ziya jika izinto’ (things are starting to change) and we at Valued Citizens Initiative are enthralled to be at the front line of that change through our Values in the Lead professional development programme.

This month we honoured, celebrated and rewarded 149 educators and School Management Team members from 25 public primary and high schools that have completed successfully this programme. Teachers are the backbone of our society, they not only teach and mould our children but they help groom and raise our leaders. Leadership is transferrable, and through this programme we assist educators to ignite and reignite their own leadership flames in order to awaken learners they encounter.

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