Conference theme: #Hustling to success: Enabling active citizenship through innovative professional development in education
Date: 2 October 2014
Time: 08:30 – 17:00
Venue: University of Johannesburg, School of Tourism & Hospitality
It is graduation time at most South African institutions of higher learning and many a Studietrust bursary beneficiary will over the next few weeks don the gown to receive that degree or diploma and celebrate the hard work and determination of the past few years.
Prof Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or
arbitrary executions, and Professor of Human Rights Law, Co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria and former Studietrust trustee, recently spoke at a graduation ceremony at Wits University. With his permission we publish his thought-provoking speech, in the hope that our graduates all over South Africa will be inspired by his words while they celebrate their achievements and at the same time recommit themselves to the task at hand, here in South Africa, and in the world.
Mr and Mrs de Klerk, members of the Board of the FW de Klerk Foundation and all esteemed guests present –
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to stand in front of you tonight to receive, on behalf of Studietrust, the FW DE KLERK GOODWILL AWARD for 2013.
It is indeed a great honour for us to be recognized in this very special way for the work that we’ve been privileged to do through Studietrust over the last 39 years. Momentous years. Years of bitter conflict, struggle and devastation… but also of opportunity and change! For Studietrust the opportunity to identify and recognize potential, youth potential, crying for affirmation instead of denial, for acceptance instead of rejection, for an open door towards education, development and fulfillment instead of a life of frustration and failure…