on 24th September, South Africans had the opportunity of celebrating our country’s unique diversity and heritage. Heritage Day is an occasion that recognises the rich and beautiful diversity of South Africa’s people. It commemorates the cultural wealth of our country.
When we ponder on our multicultural country and rainbow nation, we are always humbled by each culture’s unique traditions, languages, foods, beliefs, values, and practices. The thing that unites us all is our bright National Flag. The Spirit Education Foundation represents this flag as we unite to build our nation through education, One scholar at a time.
We are proud to boast a multicultural, multinational organisation, with a richness that is broader than just South Africa. The Spirit Education Foundation supports scholars at South African schools who originate from The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Namibia and England to name a few. When we look beyond our scholars, to include our donors we can add to this with the United States of America (USA), Canada, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, and Australia. It is this unique diversity that sets the Spirit Education Foundation apart.
Our living heritage is an essential essence of our identity and continuity. Our living heritage is something that adds to our values of social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development, a foundation on which this organisation was built. In an address when marking Heritage Day in 1996 as a public holiday in South Africa the late former President Nelson Mandela said, “When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.” The values of inclusion and providing access to quality education to all will remain a deep-rooted mission of the organisation.
We hope to continue in this rich heritage for many years to come.