Raise Your Hand
There's no greater gift than the power to think, learn and grow.
There is not a parent amongst us who doesn't understand that there is no greater gift we can give the next generation than the power to think, learn and grow.

But are we only responsible for our own children? Do we stop thinking about who will be doing the thinking for us when we graduate? Or do we know the value of a nation that knows better?

If you believe real change happens when we change our minds, then raise your hand today.

Raise Your Hand is an ongoing SABC Education initiative that calls on all South Africans to take part in the education of our country’s children. Based on the premise that each of us can make a difference in our own communities, no matter how small and once that action gathers momentum, we improve our country’s outlook, one future leader at a time.

Danie Swart, Head of SABC Education says, "The campaign requires a shift in our national mindset and asks that we all consider and value education. We need to ask how we as individuals can add to, and improve our resources."

Raise Your Hand supports The Department of Basic Education’s initiative to encourage every day South African citizens to offer their help and share their skills to ensure that all of our country's children get the very best possible education.

Maybe it is donating books. Or devote a few hours a month to someone who needs help understanding something you grasped easily. Maybe it's painting a blackboard or fixing part of a broken school bus. There are thousands of ways to help, not all of them academic, but all invaluable. Do what you can and share it on Facebook or on Twitter using #raiseyourhand and your efforts could be featured on SABC radio or TV.

Let's not complain about how things should change, this is your chance to be the change. Log onto raiseyourhand.co.za or like us on Facebook, see what the most immediate needs are in your area. If there is something you can do, raise your hand.

If you are still thinking "Why should I care" then consider this...

"Our future rests on the education of our whole population; the extensive challenges we face can be overcome if we face them collectively. We all need businesses to run and grow, and municipalities need to be run by people who understand the value of care and attention, we need mindful and thoughtful community members and people focussed organisations, with well run government departments, sponsors, responsible parents, and teachers who believe in the power of knowledge. The only way to grow a country peopled with thinkers is to teach them to think. An educated nation can look forward to a brighter future. Only we can change our world and we can only change it, when everyone understands that it takes a nation to raise a child. And the only way to change things is to take part. If you want to change the future, raise your hand."

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