SOLIDARITY GAMES TO WELCOME SATO
By: Sivuyile Majikijela and Andile Nxumalo
Durban is to host the 2015 Solidarity Games of the South African Development Community (SADC) teachers unions on Saturday.
The aim for these games is to welcome the South African Teachers Organization (SATO), which has recently joined the joint teachers union at the SADC region, the Education International.
United Teachers Union President Henry Kapenda, said that the games are there to unite the organizations and Africans as a whole.
“The main purpose for these games is to build a strong union through cooperation and bring unity among teachers’ unions in the SADC region,” said Kapenda.
Zimbabwean Teachers (ZIMTA) Spokesperson Richard Gundane, said that the games circulate yearly and South Africa is this years’ host.
“These games are an annual event, they’ve circulated within the countries that are part of the SADC and last year the event was held in Zambia,” he said.
More than 820 members are expected to take part in these games on Saturday.
The union represents more than half a million members from different countries that include Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, and Swaziland.
Member of ZIMTA Shamiso Makumbe said that these games have helped her a lot in improving her sporting skills and in improving the marks of her students.
“With the knowledge and ideas that are being shared by other teachers here in these conferences, I have gained confidence and I enjoy socializing with other teachers.
Learning about other cultures from other countries is one that keeps me coming back over and over again,” said Makumbe.
The organizers, Education International together with partnering unions, embarked on a march which was the predecessor to the games that took place during midday on Friday from King
Dinizulu Park to City Hall.
The newly elected Vice President of Education International Mugwena Maluleke received a huge welcome since it was his first time addressing the unions before the national conference.
He said that the march was to bring teachers together after the tragic xenophobic attacks that took place earlier this year and through sport, everyone sings the same song.
“We are using sports to unite the region. We are using them to promote education and culture.
The principal of nationalism, because we are not united, we are practically doing that to show that sport can bring people together,” he said.
The march was followed by a council meeting and the solidarity games which took place over the weekend.