Newspaper clipping – The Mercury – 9 September 2008
Gran gets new lease on life
By Latoya Newman and Sinegugu Ndlovu
An Ulundi mother of eight and grandmother of 35 graduated from a basic
adult literacy course yesterday at the age of 86
Zulu, who was among 6000 people who graduated from the education department’s
Masifundisane adult literacy programme, said having a basic education
had given her new life.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Vryheid on Monday, premier S’bu
Ndebele acknowledged that women had been discriminated against for decades.
Meanwhile, the Social Student Movement, backed by the advocacy group AbahlalibaseMjondolo (shack dwellers’ movement), commemorated World Literacy Day on Monday by picketing outside Durban’s city hall for a holistic free-education policy in South Africa.
Spokesperson Liv Shange called on the government to channel more money
into funding free education at school and tertiary level, “instead
of spending billions of rands on arms deals and world cups.”