A group of Vision AfriKa learners have had their first real brush with democracy after visiting South Africa’s Parliament buildings in Cape
Town. The aim of the outing was to demonstrate to the Grade 8 students that Parliament is not just for the presidency but also for the people, and it succeeded in changing their minds about their right to access the corridors of power.
Although most of the learners from the educational development NGO’s Kayamandi site had seen Parliament on TV, it was the first time that they had the chance to experience what it felt like to be physically present in the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.
They also visited the old Assembly in which the former apartheid laws were passed and were taught about how things function today. They also learned about the different roles of the national and provincial parliaments and how they work together in order to understand how democracy operates in practice.