Story by:Brand Arc
As the African proverb goes; “It takes a village to raise a child” and as Brand Arc, we wanted to be part of that village for Tshitso Primary School in Sebokeng.
We feel that teachers play a very important role in the lives of learners. School is where kids, young and old spend most of their hours in a day, and education, is the most import part of any child’s growth and development. Therefore it becomes very necessary, and it should be a priority that teachers and schools are adequately equipped to carry out the task I’m sure we all agree, to be most important in our children’s lives.
For this year’s Mandela Day, we decided to spend our 67 minutes with the learners and educators of Tshitso Primary School. The teachers, to say we acknowledge and appreciate the role that they play in our children’s lives. The learners, to remind them that they do matter. To encourage them to dream, and give them hope that dreams come true. That they must just focus on their studies and do the best, God will do the rest!
We chose Tshitso Primary School in Sebokeng, because we were very touched by their story. We learnt that learners at that school have to share tables and chairs. That during the course of the lessons, the learners have to keep taking turns to sit down. One stands and when he/she gets tired, he/she swops with the one who was sitting. This truly broke our hearts because that is no way for innocent children to live. However, that very innocence is the reason we left Tshitso primary inspired by the learners. The hardships that they are facing did not stop them from being taught and allowing their minds to grasp the education. During the presentations they prepared for us, we got to experience their enthusiastic energy levels and their sharp minds.
For those that do not know; Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. The Mandela Day campaign message is: "Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We are being asked to start with 67 minutes."
No matter how small the action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day & as the man said himself: it is in our hands.