Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Unashamedly Ethical (UE) founder Graham Power addressed DF Malan High School in Bellville, Cape Town this week at an event to mark the school’s public commitment to the UE campaign of values, ethics and clean living.
DF Malan, which is the first school in South Africa to adopt the UE campaign, took the step in response to a challenge by Louis van der Vyfer, CEO of Character Transformation, whose programme is being implemented at the school.
Zille, who made a similar pledge herself in April when the Western Cape Government became the first government institution in South Africa to adopt the UE programme spoke about teaching her own children basic core values and how vitally important they are.
She repeatedly stressed the effectiveness of the Character Trasnformation Programme’s core values of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Good Citizenship. She voiced the vision that all the schools in the Western Cape should receive the training and implement the programme the same way that DF Malan does. The programme has been running at the school for two years.
Dr Graham Power, Chairman of the Christian-based Unashamedly Ethical Movement and the Power Group of companies, praised all the learners for voluntarily signing the UE commitment.
Both speakers emphasised the significance and importance of the youth as future leaders taking a stand for values, character and ethical living. The signed pledges were handed to Ms Zille as a public statement and invitation to other schools to join the character revolution by also signing the Unashamedly Ethical Commitment.