Schools national pledge roars to life

HARARE - Schools have started implementing the government’s controversial national pledge, part of a proposed new curriculum, which compels children to salute the national flag and recite a pledge of patriotism.

During yesterday’s 36th Independence children’s party officiated by President Robert Mugabe and held at the City Sports Centre, school pupils recited the controversial national pledge soon after the national anthem.

This is despite last Friday’s Constitutional Court application challenging Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora’s proposed curriculum.

Opposition political parties have since described the national pledge as “fascist”.

The pledge reads, “Almighty God in whose hands our future lies: I salute the national flag, united in our diversity, by our common desire, for freedom, justice and equality, respecting the brave fathers and mothers who lost lives in the Chimurenga/Umvukela, we are proud inheritors of the richness of our natural resource, we are proud creators and participants in our vibrant traditions and cultures, I commit to honesty and dignity of hard work.”

An Epworth man, who filed the Constitutional Court application last Friday, is demanding an order barring the implementation of the national pledge, which he argued is against his religious beliefs.

Mathew Sologani, a father of three minor children, cited Dokora, Mashambanhaka Secondary School and Chizungu Primary School heads and Attorney General Prince Machaya as respondents in the application.

He said his religious beliefs did not allow him to partake in the national pledge, adding that he is a devout Christian and a member of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe denomination.

“Based on the tenets of my faith, I am not permitted to worship or pray to anything or anyone other than God,” he said, adding that the Bible does not require him to have other “gods”.

He argued the so-called national pledge was in fact a “prayer”.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s party has become an annual event and was attended by schools from the country’s 10 provinces.

During the party, which was also attended by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe bemoaned the increasing moral decadence among the youths.

“We hear stories of children being involved in the so-called wild parties, where drugs are peddled and consumed with ease and abundance . . . The promiscuity among the youths is reported with alarming frequency,” he said.

The 92-year-old leader also said that government was going to implement a schools feeding programme to mitigate the effects of an El Nino-induced drought that hit the country this farming season.

The drought has left at least four million people in urgent need of food aid across the country.

Comments (9)

The national pledge must be abolished as it is satanic.these people want 0ur kids to be satanists through the back door.if this is not stoped u will see the crops of children we will have in the next 10 years.

tongoonak - 19 April 2016

Dokora is trying too hard to impress. He is always coming up with bizarre ideas. The economic situation is tough. Parents and teachers are having it tough. Lets sail through this tough period then we can explore new ideas without compromising the quality of our education. Dont try and impose your satanic ideas on our children please

Emmanuel - 19 April 2016

I found the national pledge with no devilish attachment,its main aim is to raise Zimbabwean pride,to safeguard our culture from the threat of foreign cultures,it respects God in its entirety

TM THE GREAT - 19 April 2016

The only way for us is to teach our children who they are, Its us the parent who pre-dominantly teach them English, there are some kids who are Zimbabweans and live here who don't speak shona/ndebele as their first language and us as parents encourage this in our children, how can our kids know who they are when we prefer another mans ways and language Please kids are good with languages they can learn both and be masters of both. Dokora please these things need to be debated with the parents before you shave ur ideas down our throats.

Critic - 20 April 2016

We have our national anthem what is this pledge for and to who , all is said in the anthem , we must not be forced to this satanic pledge

Mudhara - 20 April 2016

If you go through this pledge Mugabe wants to brainwash our kids by making them believe that we are enjoying the natural resources which he is abusing with his cartel , this pledge should be discourages at cost it speaks of respect , culture and democracy which the current government is not following and abusing.I real smell a rat here Mugabe wants to turn our children against us by making them to believe in his ideology of lies pretending as if he cares for us while he is evil

Mudhara - 20 April 2016

Why is the pledge addressed to The Almighty, are the children of Zimbabwe bold enough to spite God in his face. This pledge is evil, now the children do not honor God and tell him how they respect all the other things except him. Where are all the believers of the only true God. This pledge is taking the children from the most high God albeit little by little. They took our livelihoods now our souls as well. Lord Almighty we pray to you, thy will be done in Zimbabwe. Strike your enemies cold in their hearts and may they hasten to their graves. Lord redeem us in our generation. In Jesus name we pray.

Munhuwo Zvake - 3 May 2016

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