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How did you celebrate culture and diversity this Heritage Month?

Paula Teigao
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Last week, we celebrated Heritage Day and were encouraged to celebrate our cultural traditions that make up the rainbow nation that is South Africa. When we think ‘heritage’, the following words come to mind: history, diversity, upbringing, tradition, culture and transformation. All of these words give us a sense of pride and hope. What stands out for me is ‘transformation’. South Africa is a diverse nation and although we still have a long way to go, we have become more accepting of each other’s differences. This translates into the training space as well.Heritage month, Heritage Day, Transformation

Last week, we celebrated Heritage Day and were encouraged to celebrate our cultural traditions that make up the rainbow nation that is South Africa. When we think 'heritage', the following words come to mind: history, diversity, upbringing, tradition, culture and transformation. All of these words give us a sense of pride and hope. What stands out for me is 'transformation'. South Africa is a diverse nation and although we still have a long way to go, we have become more accepting of each other's differences. This translates into the training space as well.

From a training perspective, having healthy debates in a room of diverse people who share their knowledge and have respect for one another is cause for celebration. More people have access to education and training than ever before – unfortunately not everyone is able to enjoy the privilege of an education. However, our education system is not perfect but we will get there. What stands out for me is someone's passion for knowledge. Transferring knowledge to others and making a difference in their life is a great gift. I am reminded of a learner who was overjoyed to receive his qualification and in his e-mail of thanks quoted our beloved Nelson Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." It is making this change for the better that is so worthwhile.

During this past Heritage Month, I hope that instead of celebrating your own culture and traditions that you went out of your way to spend time with a colleague, friend or acquaintance to get to know them better. This is what I did.


Paula Teigao is currently the practice leader of the OD ETDP & HRM department at Maccauvlei Learning Academy. Paula is passionate about people, learning and development and the impact that it has on making a difference in someone's life.
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