TVET students from the Safety in Society vocational programme and DBE staff collaborated on running interactive democracy education sessions on the South African Bill of Rights using a Civics Academy video just published as part of the new Constitutional Rights Series, “What is South Africa’s Bill of Rights?”
They also conducted a pop quiz to encourage learners to participate and reflect on the legacy that the Bill of Rights is meant to address.
Civics Academy was just one of the multi-sector providers that arranged programmes for the approximately 4000 learners from all provinces across the country. Other topics included road safety, preventing child sexual abuse, reading for pleasure, a physical education challenge, cyber safety and safe driving.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation, through its Civics Academy project, has been working to support Life Orientation teaching and learning at schools, TVET colleges and other educational institutions. Civics Academy is a democracy education project which aims to empower people to be active and responsible citizens. Through the Life Orientation Advisory Committee, led by the Department of Higher Education and Training, experts from both the DHET and the Department of Basic Education meet on a regular basis to guide the development of teaching and learning materials aimed to benefit students and learners across the country.
It was an honour and a privilege to participate in the recent event, which was a learning and inspirational experience for everyone involved. It is hoped that the TVET students, who are themselves active and responsible citizens, will get more opportunities where they can develop and apply their skills in collaboration with the DBE and other stakeholders for the benefit of students and learners across the country.