Government Function, Our Common Tongue


In the NP years under Apartheid I remember I was taught SeSotho from Std 2 until Std 5, and that suddenly stopped when I went to high school and I was made to choose between German and Latin.

This was always curious to me, and I thought why Latin and German?  I am in South Africa, not man colonies of ancient Romans around, nor did I see any German outposts in South Africa.

Much later it dawned on me that this was most likely be design, to keep the “races” separated.

I’ve called upon Government to make it mandatory for white kids in particular to take a 3rd language, one of the local South African languages, as a bonus subject in order to bring the kids closer, because once you can understand each other, it is easier to relate to each other and to carry each other’s struggles on your heart.

This got me thinking that Government should also extend such a program to it’s adult white citizens, and make it mandatory, if you want to vote, then you have to pass the local African language of your choice, and that Government should provide this as a free service.

This will not only serve in job creation for the bunch of teachers who are unemployed, but it will also build a common bridge between the different cultures in South Africa.

 

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