The village that raises a child
Lessons from Apartheid
I didn’t really know much about aparthied before the trip. Aparthied was a system of institutionalised racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1940s until 1994.
Even though policies have changed now, a lot of white people still have more privileges like better education, higher salaries, and are able to live in wealthier suburbs with access to private health, etc.
The majority of poverty in South Africa is experienced by black people.
Much of what the Indigenous people of South Africa face is similar to what Aboriginal people have lived through in regard to the Aboriginal Protection Act, and today we still face the same issues.
Dimity was one of six chosen for The Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange program; an innovative Federal Government-funded initiative that provides young Indigenous Australians with life-changing experiences through volunteering – living and working on community projects overseas.
The program aims to enhance the futures of Indigenous young people by facilitating opportunities to explore new social, cultural, sporting and academic experiences.
It is designed to be a beneficial and valuable learning experience for all involved, including the program participants, the communities they volunteer in, as well as the volunteers’ communities when they return to Australia.