Learners from various schools in Eden attended the workshop.
GEORGE NEWS - The Public Education and Outreach Section of the Western Cape Provincial Department presented an educational workshop for high school learners from over the Eden District at George High School on Saturday 20 May.
They were informed about the role of the Western Cape Parliament, the law-making process and the Bill of Rights. It prepared them for a competition for schools across the province that aims to promote awareness and understanding of the Constitution and the role of Parliament, with a special focus on the National Council of Provinces.
Grade 6 to 9 learners will take part in a creative arts competition in which they have to express the rights that children have in South Africa. Grade 10 to 12 learners can enter a creative writing competition in which they have to write an essay on what the Bill of Rights means to them as South Africans born after the adoption of the constitution. Forty-eight learners attended the workshop in George.
According to Christopher Ferndale, manager of public education and outreach, they reach about 3 000 people annually, including Ward committee members, with their programme so that they better understand the governing process.
"Citizens have a responsibility to make the Constitution work for them and to uphold its principles. We aim to enable them to do this and to defend their rights. We want to make it a living document for our communities," said Ferndale.
Teachers who accompanied learners to the workshop with the presenters, from left: Khaya Mkunyana (provincial public educational officer at the Public Education and Outreach Section), Ursula Ngubeni (Pery Madala School), Zondi Plaatjie (Murray High School), Christopher Ferndale (manager of public education and outreach at the Public Education Section), Sharon Hendricks (CEO of Ithemba Lobomi), Brendon Minnies (facilitator) and Andile Sijaji (Indwe Secondary School).
ARTICLE & PHOTO: ALIDA DE BEER, GEORGE HERALD JOURNALIST
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