On May 25th, 1963 the Organisation of African Union was founded. This was a massive step forward for Africa in moving away from imposed colonialism, apartheid and western rule and towards a continent that faces its challenges using African thinking. It is supposed to be a day to reflect on the challenges Africa faces as a global environment and the progress Africa has made. The awareness around this way of thinking is so important for all of us at this time and something that is critical for our Pridwin boys to value.
Our boys and staff came to school dressed in something that showed their pride in being an African, a celebration of our natural, physical, political and cultural heritage. It was a day to celebrate our unity as Africans. We then had a special assembly where our proudly African heritage was celebrated with art, poetry, music, dancing, historical narrative and fables.
At the end of the day, we hope that our boys felt a sense of African community spirit and went away with the knowledge that Africa has walked a long journey. In the words of Thabo Mbeki:
"I am an African. I am born of the peoples of this continent of Africa. Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace! However improbable it may sound to the sceptics, Africa will prosper! Today it feels good to be an African!"