Learner, parents, community, teachers, government: The critical partnership by Bongiwe Gambu

According to an old African adage a child is raised by a community. When I was growing up this was how we lived, and was applied in all spheres of life in each society. Each adult was responsible for all the children around her, and even those she came across in life. Children’s upbringing was a collective project so much that in some areas children were named by neighbours. !eir progress throughout life was supported and nurtured by all. An African child was a special child.