Media Release 20th Anniversary of the Constitution 26 May 2016



For Immediate Release                                          

26 May 2016

Freedom Park, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Justice, will tomorrow, Friday 27 May 2016, celebrate 20 years of the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.  The collaboration between these institutions is informed by the necessity to foster constitutional values using schools and the school curriculum, as informed by the National development Plan.

Officiating at this auspicious event will be the deputy Minister of Education Mr Enver Surty who will deliver a presentation on Chapter 2 of the Constitution: The Bill of Rights; Advocate Mahomed Shafie Ameermia, a Human Rights Commissioner will make a presentation on The Importance of the Constitution whereas Mr Tshepo Mashiane,  a Social Cohesion Advocate will deliver a presentation on the Democratic participation and the democratic structures: The Role of Youth.  

After the presentations, learners from 20 Gauteng high schools will engage the presenters in a dialogue. The dialogue will be preceded by a tour of Freedom Park museum‘s exhibition of the Struggle, Nation Building and Continent Building epochs. In the spirit of Africa Month, learners will be afforded an opportunity to recite the Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic, hoist the flags of the Republic of South Africa and that of the African Union.  Both anthems will be sung whilst the flags are being hoisted by the learners.

The rational for the tour is to enhance and enrich the learner’s knowledge on Constitutional values, Human rights principles and the democratic process and systems that contribute towards social cohesion and nation building.  Furthermore, the objective herein is to provide knowledge to the learners, on how the various established democratic structures, policies and programmes mediate prevailing laws, biasness, and human violations to create harmonious coexistence.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date:              Friday, 27 May 2016

Time:              8h00-14h00

Venue:            Freedom Park, Pretoria


Freedom Park: Ms Naomi Madima: 012 336 4006/ 060 961 3851 or

Department of Basic Education: Elijah Mhlanga: 012 357 3773/ 083 580 8275  


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