Happy Saturday everybody! Hope you guys are having a good day.

So, on Wednesday it was International Literacy Day (exactly a month after Women’s Day, but people weren’t advertising this holiday quite as much). The picture below shows Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga reading to primary school pupils in Philippi.

'Angie Motshekaga reads to hundreds of pupils at Masivuke Primary School' story by Cape Times
‘Angie Motshekaga reads to hundreds of pupils at Masivuke Primary School’
story by Cape Times

Days like these are bitter-sweet victories in my opinion – so only today we express the importance of literacy? What about the other 364 days?

The story on International Literacy Day on pg 4 compared to an ad - Cape Times
The story on International Literacy Day on pg 4 compared to an ad – Cape Times

I understand that news follows the order of importance, but what I will never understand is when my brother’s former Grade 3 teacher said that they will no longer receive homework after May or starting the new term. She made it seem as though homework had an expiration date. True to her word, he does not receive homework and I’m left having to convince him that he can do revision even though he doesn’t have homework. The boy’s 8, most of the time I just force him to do it because it will only benefit him in the end. And when he writes things like this …. I’m convinced that lady knows she’s not in my Top 20 of Best Educators.

It should say: ' Prince of Persia' & not Prince of Purger
It should say: ‘ Prince of Persia‘ & not Prince of                                 Purger

My brother enjoys reading books he has paid for himself, like he has a job or something. We all prefer it this way because he WILL read the books he chose himself. We can’t have teachers promoting the importance of Literacy when they believe homework has an expiration date.  She became fed up with all the parents complaining over the lack of homework that now on Tuesdays and Thursdays they start school half an hour earlier. But when my brother was about 5 minutes late, she refused to let him in. Seeing as no parent would be pleased about someone denying their children their right to education, she eventually let them in and said ‘ She couldn’t hear him knocking over the chatter of children who were present and working in class’. 

Here I am ‘fighting’ with his teacher while my neighbour lets her 11-year-old son stay at home. He left school ‘ because it was boring and playing Play Station with the cheats was more stimulating’. I asked her (Lucy) how could she let her son make such an important decision at such a young age. Lucy says he can make his own decisions and she respects him for it. This is the same kid who swore at his mother when she bought me Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas instead of Grand Theft Auto:V.There are the few exceptions. Education is very important and I hate it when I see all the kids just hanging about when I came home knowing that they chose to sit at home… It breaks my heart

I’m a firm believer that education is the key, the light to fight the shadows, but if we don’t give ourselves that chance, how will we or the world ever get to know what we have to offer.

Read all about it by Emeli Sande'
Read all about it by Emeli Sande’

You’ve got a heart as loud as lions

So why let your voice be tamed?
Maybe we’re a little different
There’s no need to be ashamed
You’ve got the light to fight the shadows
So stop hiding it away’

Read all about it (Part III) – Emeli Sande’

 ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world’ – the late Nelson Mandela.

Let your minds wander at the possibilities of tomorrow.

 – Christine Diampovisa


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