OVERVIEW OF THE PARK
Freedom Park pays tribute to the heroes and heroines who suffered the injustice of past colonization, slavery, economic exploitation. The Indian Diaspora/SABC 3 will pay tribute to the Indentured Labourer on the Wall of Names in an event that will come alive with song, dance and musical recitals as we restore honour and dignity to those who fell in the struggle for humanity and freedom.
As we celebrate Africa Day we are mindful of the scars of South Africa’s turbulent past characterised by discrimination based on race, gender and so forth. We understand the tragic consequences as we have experienced them first-hand. It is therefore our duty to play a, if not the, significant role in humanity, freedom, reconciliation and nation building both continentally and internationally. Neither our past or present situation may be unique, but it is the manner in which we managed to transition from a nation plagued by discrimination to a united force that demands respect internationally. We have the ability. We have done it once before. We can and must do it again!
As we conclude Africa Month celebrations, the Education Unit in collaboration with the National Department of Basic Education will commemorate Africa Day in tribute to Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. As you are aufait with the theme for Africa Day: The Year of Nelson Mandela: “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. Learners from across Gauteng schools, SADC region representatives and other notable dignitaries will be in attendance. The Department of Basic Education has launched a “Read to Lead” campaign intended to promote the importance of a reading society. The Honourable Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will preside at the event and deliver the keynote address.