Deputy minister of education’s book to benefit children, writers

Staff Writer | May 05, 2019
Net proceeds from Enver Surty’s book, In Pursuit of Dignity, will form an endowment to benefit children with disabilities, and promote young writers.

Deputy minister of basic education Enver Surty has said he wrote the book having come to “realisation that I had something to communicate”.

He said: “This book is a culmination of recreational writing over several years, most of which was written whilst travelling between Johannesburg and Cape Town. In conversation with friends, I gradually came to the realisation that I had something to communicate, specifically, my experiences and perspectives of momentous occasions in which I was one of so many participants”.

A statement by his ministry said the book “depict[s] the contributions made by various political figures in the fight against the Apartheid Regime [and] further outlines the importance of human dignity and social cohesion in a non-racial and non-sexist society in building a united South Africa”.

According to the ministry, the “net proceeds of the book will be donated as an endowment for the benefit of the early childhood development of children with disabilities and the promotion of young black writers”.

The ministry said education minister Angie Motshekga “applauded Deputy Minister Surty on the release of his book, saying that it would add value to the education system as it acknowledges the importance of strengthening quality education at Early Childhood Development (ECD) level. Minister Motshekga then thanked Deputy Minister Surty for having been her pillar of strength in improving quality education in the country, and described him as ‘someone with a sharp sense of humour and a strong character who always treats people with respect and humanity’”.

IRR research shows that the quality of education received by South Africa’s children is among the worst in the world. Less than half of children will graduate from high school and less than 10% will pass mathematics with a good grade in high school. This is not because of resources constraints, but because of corruption, mismanagement, misguided ideology, and violent trade unions. 

According to the IRR, failures in basic education are a key reason for the maintenance of the structural unemployment, poverty, and inequality crises inherited from the apartheid era. 


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