Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The Institute of Justice and Reconciliation Award

One of our lovely volunteers, Eileen Villa-Vicencio, approached Carrie earlier this year for some information on Maurita and Shine, and she nominated us for the 2008 Justice and Reconciliation Award. We are so excited to be the proud winner of this award. We will be attending a ceremony in early December to receive it. It is such a prestigious award, and one we are so thrilled to have been nominated for, and over the moon that we have won for 2008. Thanks to all our volunteers who work so tirelessly to make this possible. Without you there would be no Shine, and no accolades.
A short extract from the statement from the IJR states...

'Shine fosters reconciliation through the contact between its volunteers and the learners, as well as between the learners who participate in the programme. In the longer-term it highlights education as an important means to overcome structural inequality and build a more inclusive society, as well as the leading role that community-based initiatives will have to play in this regard.

In honouring this one organisation, the Institute furthermore recognises the many other initiatives, private and public, that share Shine’s mission to improve the educational well-being of South African learners, specifically those facing the greatest obstacles to education. These actions represent a vital investment in the future of reconciliation.'

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