RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE YOUTH OF SOUTH AFRICA
I accept the call to responsibility that comes with many rights and freedom that I have been privileged to inherit from the sacrifice and suffering of those who came before me. I appreciate that the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa are inseparable from my duties and responsibilities to others. Therefore I accept that with every right comes a set of responsibilities.
My Responsibility in Ensuring Education
The right to education places on me the responsibility to:
- Attend school regularly, to learn and to work hard,
- Cooperate respectfully with teachers and fellow learners and
- Adhere to the rules and the code of conduct of the school.
And concurrently places on my parents and caregivers the responsibility to:
- Ensure that I attend school and receive their support.
And places on my teachers the responsibility to:
- Promote and reflect the culture of learning and teaching in giving effect to the right.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Equality
The right to equality places on me the responsibility to:
- Treat every person equally and fairly, and
- Not to discriminate unfairly against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, martial status, ethnic or social, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language or birth.
My Responsibility in Ensuring Human Dignity
The right to human dignity places on me the responsibility to:
- Treat people with reverence, respect and dignity
- Be kind, compassionate and sensitive to every human being, including greeting them warmly and speaking to them courteously.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Life
The right to life places on me the responsibility to:
- Protect and defend the lives of others,
- Not endanger the lives of others by carrying dangerous weapons or by acting recklessly or disobeying our rules and laws,
- Live a healthy life, by exercising, eating correctly, by not smoking, abusing alcohol, or taking drugs, or indulging in irresponsible behaviour that may result in by being infected or infecting others with communicable diseases such as HIV and Aids.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Family or Parental Care
The right expects me to:
- Honour and respect my parents and to help them.
- Be kind and loyal to my family, to my brothers and sisters, my grandparents and all my relatives,
- Recognise that love means long-term commitment and the responsibility to establish strong and loving families.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Work
The right carries with it the responsibility for all learners, parents, caregivers and teachers to:
- Work hard and do their best in everything they do,
- Recognise that living a good and successful life involves hard work and that anything worthwhile comes with effort.
- This right must never be used to expose children to child labour.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Freedom and Security of the Person
The right is upheld by my taking responsibility to:
- Not hurting, bullying or intimidating others, or allowing other to do so and
- Solving any conflict in a peaceful manner.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Own Property
The right to own property places on me the responsibility to:
- Respect the property of others
- Take pride in and protect both private and public property, and not to take what belongs to others,
- Give generously to charity and good causes, where I am able to do so.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Freedom of Religion, Beliefs and Opinions
The right to freedom of conscience requires me to:
- Allow others to choose and practice the religion of their choice, and to hold their own beliefs and opinions without fear or prejudice.
- Respect the beliefs and opinions of others, and their right to express these, even when we may strongly disagree with these beliefs and opinions
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Live in a Safe Environment
The right assumes the responsibility to:
- Promote sustainable development and the conservation and preservation of the natural environment.
- Protect animal and plant-life as well as the responsibility to prevent pollution, not to litter, and to ensure that our homes, schools, streets and other public places are kept neat and tidy.
- In the context of climate change, we are also obliged to ensure we do not waste scarce resources like water and electricity.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Citizenship
The right to citizenship expects that each of us will be good and loyal South African citizens. This means that we are responsible for:
- Obeying the laws of our country,
- Ensuring that other do so as well and
- Contributing in every possible way to making south Africa a great country.
My Responsibility in Ensuring the Right to Freedom of Expression
The right to free expression is not unlimited and does not allow us to:
- Express views which advocate hatred, or are based on prejudices with regard to race, ethnicity, gender or religion.
- We must therefore take responsibility to ensure this right is not abused by ourselves or others, to not tell or spread lies, and to ensure others are not insulted nor have their feelings hurt.