Topic: EducationEducation System

Last updated: February 2, 2020

All people regardless of the background or race have the right to education, not just education but quality education. We cannot say the same in past era, especially in South Africa where equal education for all did not exist. But when did we actually get to live in this rainbow nation South African It was named the Rainbow Nation by Archbishop Desmond Tutu during the handover of power in 1994 as a way of uniting the many different people of different colors, races and tribes that live there. There are still many issues and there is rising anti-white and anti-immigrant sentiment that is frequently violent, but on the whole the concept has helped to unite and heal a fractured country, giving it real pride in its diversity. The main question is, what impact or improvement it has on education Rainbow nation brought about a drastic change in education, not only that now different child from different backgrounds can be in the same class but they can learn from each other. They do not only learn different levels of academic improvements but they learn different cultures and the different ways of living within the same country. Although we are living in this rainbow nation, we still have different levels of education delivery, this means we still have those former white schools who tend to do better compared to the township schools, this schooling system still shows even in our days that we do have two different levels of schools in one country. In addition those who attended the township schools tend to drop out a lot compared to those in the former white schools. These schools are further known as functional vs. Dysfunctional schools. Britt (2011) This further explains why we have to focus on the issue of equal education for all, because even though we are at the rainbow nation but still we do have differences in this education of ours. There are those who get or are exposed to quality education than others, there are those who have the best education facilities than others. This then brings about a huge question again. What does this rainbow nation brings to us, what it has changed if we still have this major in equality amongst our learners and the institutions they learn under. Its then very difficult to prove what change it has brought. Even though we do see a little change in the level of education in our county, yes children or learners now have a say on what they want to learn, I mean the medium if instruction is up to them and the parent, but if you take a look back, it becomes a different story then. In addition back in those days learners had no choice but to take whatever was given to them in terms of education, for example, before we can say South Africa is operating under the rainbow nation, learners were then forced to learn on a language that is not their own, like it or not education continued as normal. Britt (2011) Some 24 years after the dawn of democracy, millions of South Africans still feel powerless against the daily scourge of racism in schools, hospitals, places of work and all manner of public places. As a nation, and for the sake of generations of South Africans who will come after us, we cannot afford to be overwhelmed by if we have to confront racism head-on. We have to fight racism in all its manifestations. Racism has no place in a democratic South Africa that is legitimately trying to build social cohesion and forge a national identity that will be embraced by all her people across ethnic affiliations. There have been serious incidents of racial hatred and victimization in the recent past, too numerous to count here, save for a few. They include the case involving two white men forcing a black man into a coffin a school in Pretoria requiring young black pupils to wear their hair in a particular manner and a school principal in KwaZulu-Natal expelling a black pupil from class for wearing an isiphandla a goatskin wristband. Family members are sometimes required to wear the wristband after a goat has been slaughtered for a spiritual cleansing ceremony. Carrim (1998) These incidents all make the notion of a rainbow nation, so eloquently coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the early years of democracy to describe the new South Africa, such a distant and rapidly disappearing dream. Of all notions of shared visions and of a cohesive and united South Africa, the idea of a rainbow nation is the most useful handle or framework that we could deploy to interrogate all that went wrong in Nelson Mandelas South Africa and beyond, starting with the most obvious question of this moment in history Why are we not a rainbow nation 24 years after democratization We are a country, to paraphrase former president Thabo Mbeki, of two nations one black and poor, the other white and rich. We can never be a nation united by the colors of the rainbow as long as we choose to bury our heads in the sand by pretending that deeply divisive socioeconomic realities do not exist. Our massive unemployment rate (26.7), mainly affecting black people, makes ours one of the most unequal societies in the world in terms of wealth distribution and one that has hardly changed from the apartheid profile. Louise (1998) Not only do deep sociopolitical fault lines exist in the new South Africa, they are corroding all efforts aimed at building a cohesive society and triggering other social maladies such as serious crime, generalized and unfortunate hostility and hatred by black people towards white compatriots. Britt (2011) we have to acknowledge these fault lines as a point of departure. There is no other way. Having said that, a new social compact that revolves around both black and white South Africans making genuine socioeconomic compromises is arguably the best practical way of forging a cohesive society that shares a common vision about the kind of South Africa desirable for current and future generations. Confronting basic realities honestly and openly will be a great start. White people need to accept black people as equals, period. They need to let go of the idea that they are superior human beings. Black people need to accept white people as South Africans who are here to stay, period. Building a united and prosperous country is not possible without fixing the mess that is black South Africas early childhood development and primary schooling. Every child needs to be afforded an equal opportunity during the early phase. Quality early childhood learning and primary schooling for white children on one hand and poor early childhood learning for black children on the other is a recipe for a divided nation, and needs to be nipped in the bud and acted against decisively. Britt (2011) The state has a fundamental role to play in this regard by moving with speed to eliminate dual education and abolish all forms of private schooling at all levels. This is a political compromise that white people will have to make. If they accept that white and black children are equal, and that black people are their equals, they should not have a problem in accepting this. White teachers and parents could be roped in to donate their time and resources in helping to uplift black children. Many young black people drop out of both high school and never get to write matric examinations and the first years of university, swelling the ranks of unemployed young people. While the state has an important role in alleviating the plight of these young black people through public works schemes and training programmes, the private sector can help by employing black youth without matric by offering apprenticeships. Private companies should voluntarily embrace the spirit of affirmative action and employment equity laws with the aim of building cohesive and productive workforces, which could only be good and profitable for businesses, rather than viewing such laws as punitive measures that undermine operations. Persistent wealth inequalities in favor of white people are a highly emotional issue for millions of black people. It should not be difficult for white people to recognize that this is a critical legacy issue that needs to be addressed with urgency and honesty. Louise (1998) Land hunger is a case in point. A situation in which tracts of arable black land were taken with the force of military arms at the start of colonization of the country and given to white minorities is a ticking time bomb that will soon explode. The land question is highly explosive and emotional and has the potential of destabilization. Both black and white South Africans must come to the table and make reasonable compromises and avert a disaster. A public health system mainly patronized by black South Africans on the one hand and a world-class, well-resourced private health and hospital system that is overwhelmingly accessible to white South Africans and a sprinkling of the black middle class on the other hand, is highly divisive and undermines social cohesion in a fundamental way. This is precisely why a National Health Insurance that will make quality healthcare accessible to all South Africans should be embraced by all, including by doctors in private practice and by pharmaceutical companies. Out of this background what then can we call the education system within this rainbow nation Education is a process of imparting knowledge from teachers to the students. This process may contain different variety of steps depending on the stage and quality of education. It is a key process which plays vital role for maintaining the culture and ethics of the society.Education thus is an essential prerequisite of modernization. It enables people to know the world beyond their own surroundings and transforms them to become rationalist and humanist in outlook and world view. Modern Education is most suitable, open and liberal. The education brings freedom, equality and humanism to the life of individual and society as well. There are variety of subjects taught in different fields, for example, Technology, linguistics, economy, culture, agriculture, health and these even though they are taught mostly in many schools, the level or the way these subjects are taught differ, so all in all, even though we are in this rainbow nation, not everything has changed at all. The countries with high level, effective and more focused system of education are the leaders of the world both economically and socially. Education serves as the backbone for the development of nations. Education is very helpful for us because it helps to grow in every walk of life.The importance of education cannot be explained in words. Its importance can be known by gaining the knowledge.Education makes a well-known personality and respects. It creates the ability to take right decisions. Now in terms of the school that I am in, the school I work in, the vision is to make all learners get the same level of education by all means, it is not a school with all resources available but we try our best to use what we have to promote quality education. I can definitely say, it is a school that accommodates people from different backgrounds and class, we do have children from different races, they are learning in the same class, we do not separate them, and we try by all means to be inclusive. In addition, rainbow nation according to my level of understanding has to support inclusion in the classroom. Learners from all backgrounds should benefit in the new South African education system. We shall not by any chance separate learner due to their ability to learn unless of course we really have to, taking into account the special schools, I believe they also practice the same in their school where children are separated due to their background, multi-racial schools are a perfect example of what I am trying to say, we see in those type of schools, learners from different backgrounds are in the same class. These schools also respect these different religions and backgrounds. Take Mandalay primary for an example, not all learners who are there are Muslims, on Fridays the school release all learners at 1200 to allow those who need to go and pray the chance to practice their religion, this means not back ground or religion is taken for granted which is a good thing and a true definition of a rainbow nation. Finally, South African education department does well when it comes to equal education for all. Learners are treated with respect and a learner is as important as the other in front of the teacher. We all have to by all means ensure that teaching is delivered at the same level for all to achieve and get the education they all deserve. What do I mean by this, it simply means, all learners must be taught the required education/ subjects at their level, this simply means no learner must be left behind just because they are not competent, those learners who needs extra support must be given that required support, a teacher must make it a point that they all benefit just like those who are performing. Now, what does rainbow nation say Focusing only on education, learners from a different background must share with others what they practice so we can all know about the person next to you and their everyday life, culture and norms. Now, how will this benefit them on knowing all this information In my own understanding, the more you know about other peoples way of life and practices, it teaches you as a person other ways if life other than your own and what you are used to in life, that is what education is about, finding more in life. Reference List Walker, M., 2005. Rainbow nation or new racism Theorizing race and identity formation in South African higher education. Race Ethnicity and Education. Andile ngqweya (218180020) Education 5 Y, dXiJ(x(I_TS1EZBmU/xYy5g/GMGeD3Vqq8K)fw9
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