Education at the Forefront of South Africa’s Children: Afrika Tikkun celebrates International Children’s Day

South Africa is abuzz with discussions, debates and decisions as the nation awaits the outcome of the 7th democratic elections. Every citizen’s vote will shape the country’s trajectory, making this period critical for our democracy. While parties presented a variety of platforms and promises, one issue stands out prominently: education. For many South Africans, the emphasis each party placed on education is a decisive factor. Education is not just an issue; it is the cornerstone of our future. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This profound statement resonates as we consider the aspirations for the nation’s children and youth.

01 June is International Children’s Day and as we celebrate the potential and dreams of our young ones, it becomes even more pressing to ensure that education is a top priority. This day serves as a reminder that our children are the future and their education should be at the forefront of our national agenda. Early Childhood Development (ECD) is particularly crucial. These formative years are fundamental to a child’s overall development, setting the stage for lifelong learning and success. Recognising the importance of ECD, a few parties have promised increased investment in this area, ensuring that every child has access to quality early education. This commitment is vital, as it lays the foundation for all subsequent educational achievements.

Another key aspect is teacher training. The quality of education that our children receive is directly linked to the competence and dedication of their teachers. Thus, robust teacher training programmes are essential. Some manifestos have outlined plans to enhance teacher training, focusing on both initial education and continuous professional development. These initiatives aim to equip educators with the skills and knowledge necessary to inspire and guide the next generation effectively.

This International Children’s Day, let’s commit to prioritising the educational needs of our children. Let us secure the future of our nation through the power of education.

For further information please visit:






About Afrika Tikkun

Afrika Tikkun is a leading youth development organisation celebrating 30 years of providing education, social services and skills development and training to underserved communities within South Africa, through its five centres of excellence across Gauteng and the Western Cape. Afrika Tikkun’s award-winning cradle-to-career 360° model provides a holistic approach to the development of young people from early childhood to school leaving age, to when they journey into accessing economic opportunities. Currently assisting over 40,000 children and youth across the country, Afrika Tikkun’s primary goal is to create a sustainable future through economic empowerment for the youth of South Africa, for 30 years and beyond.