On Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 120 delegates attended the launch of the partnership between Global Dignity and MOT South Africa together with the MOT Awards event. The event included the training of staff to facilitate an annual Global Dignity Day at the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges and High Schools and the MOT Awards for presenters who have completed the MOT programme with their students. The event was sponsored by Metropolitan Health, Corporate Image and Juta Publishers.
It was an inspirational event with talks on dignity by the Chairperson of MOT SA, Prof Eltie Links and three FET College students; Imeraan Thomas, Robin van der Byl and Siyanda Chiliza. Three Brand Ambassadors of MOT South Africa, including Good Hope FM radio presenter and actress, Ayanda Tini, Paralympic medalist, Hilton Langenhoven and the 2009 Idols winner, Sasha-Lee Davids, shared their life stories of making conscious choices and strengthening their own and others’ dignity. The training on how to conduct a Dignity Day was facilitated by Rhazia Hamza, Deputy CEO for Innovation and Development at West Coast College.
Global Dignity Day is an international day for dignity, observed annually on the third Wednesday of October in more than 50 countries around the world. Each of us, children and adults alike, make choices that shape us and the world around us every day – on the playground, at college and at work, in our local communities and in global society at large. We have the ability to enhance our own dignity and that of others through the choices we make and the way we use our resources. By allowing dignity to be a guiding principle for our actions, we can all contribute to positive global change – at the many different levels of society.
The concept of “dignity” stems from the principle that all human beings have intrinsic worth. This inalienable value belongs to all of us simply by virtue of us being human. Our dignity is strengthened when we feel that our rights and freedom are respected and when we can make choices and take actions that enhance our integrity and self-respect. An aspect that was reiterated during the event is that in our society we need more reflection and discussion about dignity, as well as greater action.
As part of the event, 15 staff members from the FET Colleges in the Western Cape, who have shown leadership and commitment with the implementation and completion of the MOT programme with their students, received awards from MOT South Africa. The award winners are: Irene Van Jaarsveld, Anna Maria Vogel, Juneta Haumann, Albert van der Merwe, Martishia Koopman, Nateshia Mcombring and Valencia Deysel from Boland College, Jacqueline Layman from False Bay College, Nizaam Pasha, Meagan Kleinhans and Miranda Rosenberg from College of Cape Town, Andile Ngqameni, Anneline Esau and Sinthea Swartz from West Coast College and Richard Goliath from Northlink College.