Newsletter 35 UWC

I attended my son’s award ceremony at the University of the Western Cape today. Derwin Daniels, a practicing mathematics and language teacher was awarded an Honours Degree in Educational Psychology.  At first I may have been a reluctant attendant but enjoyed the few hours in pure pleasure in celebration of the finest this truly African university has to offer and has produced. The new Rector and Vice-Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius gave a great performance. I am truly impress. The ease, the honesty, the eloquence and clarity of his speech blew me out of the water. What a great speech! Tyrone was once my lecturer during my undergraduate studies in Psychology – now that was many-many-many moons ago. I felt so proud today in the fine people UWC has produced but was even further impress with how we at UWC has become truly an African institution of higher learning – and as the Rector so aptly stated that he has the statistics to proof it – UWC is one of the finest on the Continent of Africa but also in the rest of the world…to the rest in the Western Cape “eat your heart out”

And to top it all he quoted the “Seven Blunders of the World, a list that Mohandas Gandhi published in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925. Later he gave this same list to his grandson, Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper on their final day together shortly before his assassination. The Seven Sins are:

  1. Wealth without work.
  2. Pleasure without conscience.
  3. Knowledge without character.
  4. Commerce without morality.
  5. Science without humanity.
  6. Worship without sacrifice.
  7. Politics without principle.” Wikipedia

As teachers these are the positive values we need to inculcate in our learners and future leaders – using these sins to demonstrate that a better life is more worthy by avoiding these pitfalls.

Teachers, have a great day!

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