Hendrik Verwoerd
Architect of Apartheid

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behind education,

we are fulfilling
his legacy.

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All children have the right to a decent quality, basic education in a conducive learning environment with proper and safe infrastructure. It is one of the most powerful ways to give people equal opportunities, because being able to read, write and do simple maths can be a ticket out of poverty, and a chance to build a better life.

If Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid and apartheid education, looked back now, he would be smiling. Because unless we tackle the deep inequality he created in our education system, we risk fulfilling his legacy.

Decades after apartheid ended, and despite current government undertakings, here are some facts:

  • Almost 50% of learners drop out of school between Grade 1 and Grade 12.
  • 78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language.
  • 61% of Grade 5 learners cannot add or subtract.
  • 46% of schools lack basic sanitation, including 17% where pupils are forced to use highly dangerous pit latrines.
  • Only 14% of pupils that enter our school system will qualify for university.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE

Sign this petition and together we can force the government to act. Together, we will urge South Africa’s leaders to guarantee all children their constitutional right to a quality basic education

  • Providing all schools with proper resources to teach basic, quality skills in reading and mathematics by 1 January 2021.
  • Replacing every school pit latrine with safe, clean toilets by 1 January 2021.

MORE FACTS ABOUT EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Just 1 in 3 schools has a library.
Source: Education, the single greatest obstacle to socio-economic advancement in South Africa, published by the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA) at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) April 2018.

Progress in learning outcomes for maths and reading has stalled.
Source: Priorities for Education Reform in South Africa by Nic Spaull.

Nearly half the Grade 1 class of 2007 did not write Matric in 2018.
Source: https://bit.ly/2V4WNQy

Just 28% of people aged 20 or older have completed high school.
Source: Education, the single greatest obstacle to socio-economic advancement in South Africa, published by the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA) at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) April 2018.

Among the poorest 25% of schools in South Africa, less than 1 out of 100 Matric pupils will earn a distinction for mathematics.
Source: Education, the single greatest obstacle to socio-economic advancement in South Africa, published by the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA) at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) April 2018.

Together, we can tell our government to avoid fulfilling Verwoerd’s toxic legacy and instead give all children in South Africa a future to smile about.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM

“What is the use of teaching the Bantu child mathematics when it cannot use it in practice? That is quite absurd. Education must train people in accordance with their opportunities in life, according to the sphere in which they live.” - Hendrik Verwoerd, Architect of Apartheid.

The Bantu Education Act was introduced in 1953, five years after the National Party instated apartheid policies in South Africa. This system was created to separate learning institutions according to race.

During this time, African education was neglected, underfunded and underdeveloped. Fast forward to today, 25 years into democracy and most of these issues still remain in our current education system.

Sources:
https://bit.ly/2V4WNQy
https://bit.ly/2DRS2D1
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