Amnesty International will put up smiling faces of the former prime minister and so-called “architect of apartheid” Hendrik Verwoerd up around Johannesburg.
“The campaign urges members of the public who care about the provision of quality education to ‘sign the smile off Verwoerd’s face’ by demanding that South Africa’s leaders urgently provide all children with the decent quality, basic education that is their birthright as enshrined in the constitution. By signing the smile off Verwoerd’s face the public will add their names to a petition that calls on the government to fix the problems in education by 2021.”
Amnesty SA executive director Shenilla Mohamed said in Monday’s statement that SA’s education system “still mirrors the apartheid years”.
“The legacy of racial discrimination in the South African education system, characterised by poor outcomes, overcrowded classrooms, inadequate facilities and learning materia