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Shikaya is a non-profit civil society organisation that recognises the crucial role that teachers can play in deepening and strengthening South Africa’s democracy. As such, Shikaya supports the personal and professional development of teachers to create a South Africa in which young people in schools are inspired and supported to become responsible citizens and future in our democracy, valuing diversity, human rights and peace.

Since 2005, Shikaya has been working with and supporting over 3 000 teachers and education department officials across South Africa through various programmes and partnerships. IMG_8398

Shikaya (Xikaya) is a Shangaan word  which means “ to go to your roots”.It is also the name of a thorn tree found across Southern Africa. The Zulu call it the tree of life. The tree has two distinct types of thorns found always in pairs: one curved like a talon facing backwards that signifies the past, the other pointing straight ahead to the future once you have faced your past.

Its message?

Let lessons learnt yesterday guide what you do

tomorrow!


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