Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #175) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #175)
Transcript: from the original notion of modelling the new system of education on tribal foundations.
Today, and with all the advantages of 20 years hindesight, we can see things better and advance better solutions. Again, in seeking a solution, it is easy to criticize the churches and teachers and parents for failure to unite in the face of the common enemy, and to censure Congressites who clamoured for an indefinite boycott. But when great issues are at stake and strong views held, the participant's field of vision is often clouded. In the struggle against Bantu Education 887,949 children were directly involved and it was a heavy responsibility to choose between two evils of fighting to the bitter end even if all the children were turned into the streets, and a compromise which at least would keep them in the classroom.
To the extent that Bantu Education today is not what the government planned and intended it to be, credit must go not only to the strenuous actions of our people and those brave and dedicated teachers who were forced out of the profession but also to those teachers who even as they remained at their jobs, found ways and means to go outside and beyond the confines of the syllabus to kindle and keep alive in the minds and hearts of their students an awareness of our proud past and their own dignities in the face of an ubiquitous system which proceeds on the basis that the black man is a white man's inferior. Until that glorious day when South Africa becomes free and the doors of education are opened to all without regard to colour or race or creed, we shall have to continue hammering away against Bantu Education from without and our teachers subverting it from within so as to defeat its diabolical ends and forcing the education of our children to the
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