Motshekga Doubles Her Efforts To Create a Non-sexist Society
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga has urged men and women to never stop fighting for a non-sexist society that values women and girls. She further spoke about a number of the department's policy interventions aimed at protecting young girls in schools
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has called on all men and women to unite in the fight to protect and liberate women and young girls throughout the country.
She added that failure to do this will jeopardize the national cause of liberating women. Motshekga was speaking while delivering a memorial lecture on the life and times of Charlotte Maxeke at The Glen High School in Pretoria.
The talk was given in honour of last week's International Day of the Girl Child, which was inspired by the United Nations.
Furthermore, the government has named 2021 the Year of Charlotte Maxeke, with the theme "The Year of Charlotte Maxeke: In Celebration of Mme Charlotte Mannya Maxeke's 150th Birthday."
The minister went on to say that the best way to honour the struggle hero is to unleash the potential of each girl child, every woman and liberate men from their undeserved position of male privilege.
“If we did not aim to smash the engrained system of patriarchy, male chauvinism and win the war against gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), Mama Charlotte Maxeke’s fervent contribution to the national cause of national liberation would have been in vain,”
Motshekga further stated that the department has had some remarkable victories in keeping Maxeke's memory alive, but the task is not done.
She added that there needs to be more collaboration and scaling of the department’s policy-driven initiatives on its mission for the empowerment of the girl child.
Our operational framework on Care and Support for Teaching and Learning places the child at the centre, with a deliberate bias towards vulnerable girl children.
In addition to this, Motshekga detailed initiatives and policy positions, through which the DBE seeks to liberate children, honour women and undo the patriarchal system.
The programmes include the following:
- The Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) formation, which focuses on providing Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)
- Linkages to health and social services
- Homework assistance
- Career guidance
Additionally, the DBE has introduced a Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in Schools, which seeks to protect learners' rights to education in the event that they get pregnant.
Motshekga also said the department already had in place various policies to address the safety of girl learners.
These include the Protocol for the Management and Reporting of Sexual Abuse and Harassment in Schools, the National School Safety Framework, and the Protocol to Deal with Incidences of Corporal Punishment in Schools.
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