Elke jaar hierdie tyd dink ek terug aan ‘n baie besondere dag. Ongeveer 2000 moes ek ‘n skool toespreek oor die betekenis van Human Rights, en ek daag toe daar op met ‘n lekker uitgewerkte toespraak, met uitgesnyde letters wat spel

H U M A N  R I G H T S.

Ek was net lekker aan die gang, toe kom stop die skoolhoof my, en sê ek moet asseblief dadelik stop, hy ry gou om sy videokamera te haal, hulle wil die toespraak op band neem, en kan ek die kinders besig hou tot hy terugkom, dan begin ek oor.

Nou hoe hou ek ‘n saal vol kinders besig? So vinnig het ek nog nooit gedink nie, toe laat ek maar die lot sing dat die saal so dreun, en ek sing tog te lekker saam. Heel jolig, tot die skoolhoof terug is en ek van voor af moes begin en hy begin opneem. Daardie dag het ek besef hoe wonderlik kinders is. Die enigste persoon wat ontsenu was, was ek.

So het ek ‘n week of wat gelede afgekom op my C & L 1, en snaaks genoeg vind ek toe ook die stuk wat ek vir die kinders gedoen het as C & L 3! (Verbatim)

Saturday 21 March is Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day is about Human Rights. So what exactly is Human Rights? Come on? Yes, that’s right, but is also about the Right to be a Human Being. We must not always look at out Rights, what we can get from others or from life, but also what we can give.

Let’s look at what Human Rights stand for:

How do we spell Human Rights? (Show)

H         H stands for Happiness. We as human beings have the Right to be Happy, but Happiness does not always mean how rich we are, or what we have. Happiness is something within ourselves.

H also stands for Honesty. Our friends, family and teachers have the right to our Honesty. And don’t forget to be Honest to yourself!

U         U is for Understanding. We must Understand that things can not always be done our own way. We must understand that we are all different, and every single person has the Right to be different.

M        M is for Morality – We must always keep high Moral Standards. But what does it mean? In short, it is the difference between right and wrong. How often have you done something wrong, and you knew, deep in your heart that it was wrong, there was this tiny  little voice deep inside which told you that it was wrong!

A         A stands for Accepting. We must Accept one another – accept that we are different in certain ways, but also accept that basically we are all the same – Humans. And oh yes, it is not only human beings that have Rights! Animals have Rights too! The rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals at my nursery also have the right to be looked after, and to be fed every day.

N         Never be Negative! Be positive! Have you seen Mike Lipkin on Breakfast TV?? What does he say? Yes! Yes! Yes!

R         R does not only stand for our Rights, but also for Responsibility. We have a Responsibility towards ourselves and other people.

R also stands for Reaching Out – Reach out to other people – they need you, and you need them.

I           I stands for Inspiration. We can do so much to Inspire other people. If your friend wants to come over and play, and you know that he/she hasn’t done his/her homework yet, why don’t you suggest that you do your homework together, and then play?

G         G is for Give. Let’s Give to one another, not only physical things like our sandwiches, but also our knowledge.

H         H stands for Humour. A good sense of Humour does not mean trying to be funny, or to do silly things. It is the ability to see the funny side of an ordinary situation. Humour is very important in this serious world we live in, but never use humour in a hurtful way – we all have the Right to be treated with dignity.

T          T is for the Truth. It is so much easier to tell the Truth, even if it is difficult. Come on, when you tell a lie about something, you keep thinking about it the whole day, and it might even keep you awake at night. But how often do you think, and worry, about something you have told the truth about? Am I right? Our friends and family have the Right to the Truth! Have you all heard abouth the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?  The idea is to tell the Truth and bring about Reconciliation.

S          S is for Sharing. When you share something with a friend, it will make you feel good as well.

S also stands for Success – we all want to be successful in whatever we do, don’t we? We all have the Right to be Successful, but remember, it takes a lot of hard work!

So that is what Human Rights stand for! Do you see how positive Human Rights can be?

Thank You!

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