On September 8, 2012, the fifth annual Project Citizen National Finals in South Africa was held in the chamber of the Kwazulu-Natal Legislature in Pietermaritzburg. The chamber dates from 1889 and the room was once graced by presentations from Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill.
Schools from six different provinces of South Africa participated, demonstrating their newly acquired civic knowledge on topics such as water quality problems, litter in schools, illegal dumping and littering, drug and substance abuse, gang violence, and discrimination.
The showcase was organized by South Africa Civitas coordinator Anash Mangalparsad of the Center for Community and Educational Development.
The winning class in the high school category was Little Flower Secondary on the topic of “Water Problems in Sisonke District.” The winning class for the elementary school category was York Road Primary on the topic of discrimination.
Speakers at the event included Karl Stoltz, the minister counselor for public affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, the Honorable Chris. J. Ndelela, the mayor of Pietermaritzburg, and Mark J. Molli, associate director for the Center for Civic Education.
The judges were impressed by the high quality of the portfolios and the eloquence of the student presenters and noted that the students’ solutions to public policy problems were creative and well developed. They were particularly impressed by the documentation binders.
This was the tenth showcase in South Africa.
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