In an article entitled A Religion for a New Age humanist author John Dunphy says, "I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith". Dunphy continues, "The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new. ...The rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery and the new faith of humanism."Over the last decade in South African schools the need has strongly arouse for young people be exposed to message of old tradition values, such as purity and sound ethical principles. There is a war raging in our public schools for our children.
During the month of April, CYP -Western Cape once again took the challenge and embarked on a two week campaign in the Southern Cape Area. Students at a previous Youth Day Event indicated their desire to have a Bible Study Group in their respective communities. We were able to establish a group 30 km outside Oudtshoorn. Furthermore, the team visited two high schools and addressed over 1800 students with issues such as abstinence, pornography and fundamental life choices.
Young people in public schools are in dire needs as we witnessed how students sobbingly responded for assistance, encouragement and advice with regards to sound moral values. One young man who was struggling with bitterness and hatred towards his parents experienced wonderful deliverance, the minute he forgave them. Young girls were thankful to be informed about the importance of abstinence before marriage and afterward responded to our invitation. More than 40 young people responded positively to the messages, testimonies and presentations during these two weeks.
Indeed the classroom has become the battlefield of conflict between the old tradition value systems versus the new age immorality.
Written by Abraham Warren
MA, BA-Honours- Social Development (UWC), HIV/AIDS & Counseling (UNISA)