A Right to An Education

Based From The Book WFTR

What was it like going to school in South Africa for Cafers and Whites During Apartheid?

In South Africa, where WTFR takes place, during apartheid, for young blacks like Tengo, education was limited. This act for young blacks in mission schools was more racially offensive. This act only let the children be taught what the government wanted them to learn. They wanted them to learn about just making their lives of use in factories. They only went to school 3 hours a day, just so the government wouldn't have to spend money. Most schools decided to close instead of having the children be so discriminated.


For young white children, in Frikkie's position during apartheid, it would seem as normal as it is to go to school as it is now. Although, there was a catch to what they were learning. They were learning about how to be in a society where two different races were separated and one was superior to the other instead of being equal. Children were learning how to treat blacks more offensively and how to superior.


This is a direct quote from Dr. Hendrik F. Verwoerd, who explained the Bantu Education to South African Parliament. Dr. Verwoerd, was more for the act, than against it, due to the way he describes how this native African boy was not fit to live in European society.


"There is no space for him [the "Native"] in the European Community above certain forms of labor. For this reason it is of no avail for him to receive training which has its aim in the absorption of the European Community, where he cannot be absorbed. Until now he has been subjected to a school system which drew him away from his community and misled him by showing him the greener pastures of European Society where he is not allowed to graze."





Why should everyone have the right to an education?

The Youth for Human Rights Committee is for the equality of all young teens and children being brought up into a world where racism is still common, and discrimination is still common in public society.


Direct Quotes/Statements from the Youth For Human Rights Committee-


1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.


(This means that we have free education in the necessary learning stages of life. Elementary education is necessary, and professional education (college) will be equally available to anyone.)



2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.


(This means that education is directed to the full understanding of our changes in personality and the building of significance towards human rights. This will strengthen peace between nations, races, or groups to religion , and shall continue with the ideas of making peace.)


3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.


(This means that our parents have the right to choose what we'll learn as children during a certain period of time.)













Josh Groban - You Raise Me Up (Official Music Video)

Why You Raise Me Up?

You Raise Me Up, is a song based off the belief of being able to puill through and fight your hardest when you have something to motivate you greatly. When I related it to my right, it was perfect because it shows how you are strong and pull through things. So from the book, Tengo yearned for a good education, and had to pull through while waiting for it, and helped fight to provide it for himself and many other rights.


According to history, black kids did fight for an education and worked their hardest to do that. So this song puts in a similar comparison to the book.


In conclusion, to now look at education without apartheid in South Africa, you see that they are one of the most educated countries in the entire world!

Works Cited

"Youth For Human Rights Video: Article #26, Right to Education, Tolerance, Friendship & Understanding." Youth For Human Rights Video: Article #26, Right to Education, Tolerance, Friendship & Understanding. Ed. TXL Films. Youth for Human Rights International, 17 Dec. 2004. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.


Gordon, Sheila. Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa. New York: Bantam Doubleday for Young Readers, 1997. Print.


MSU, Students @., Edu. "Apartheid in Education." South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid. Michigan State University, June-July 2002. Web. 21 Nov. 2013