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Celebrating our Liberation Partners

By Kgomotso Kgoale

On 18 October 2018, Kgwebong Consulting in partnership with Tshwane North District: Gauteng Department of Basic Education hosted the Embassies of Russia, Iran and Algeria at an event held at the Tshwane North District Department of Education campus. The theme of the event was “Celebration of South Africa’s Liberation Struggle”.  It also marked the 100th anniversary of the freedom icons Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

The aim of the event, the first in a series of events planned, was to acknowledge South Africa’s Liberation Partners, and to expose teachers and officials from the Department of Education in attendance about the countries’ history with South Africa pre- and post-apartheid.

The event was a success and representatives from the different embassies presented on their countries’ involvement in South Africa’s liberation struggle and how that relationship changed since democracy. They expounded on their bilateral relationship with South Africa detailing politics and trade. They also shared with the audience information about their countries’ culture, art, music, food, etc . The teachers had an opportunity to sample cuisine from the different countries.

Mr. Sello Motsei of Kgwebong Consulting implemented this initiative realising that South African youth are not knowledgeable about other countries' histories and their contributions in South Africa. He saw this initiative as an opportunity for the teachers to gain first-hand knowledge so that they can share with their learners.

Mr. Motsei further suggested that the embassies initiate a Teachers Exchange Program that will give teachers a holistic experience which they could then share with their learners at schools. He also committed to writing and publishing a book about all the countries that have contributed to South Africa’s liberation struggle. A video of the event will be distributed to schools.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January/February 2020

 
 
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