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Dlamini-Zuma urges young people to use education to transform economy

ANC National Executive Committee member Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says there needs to be a skills revolution in order to fast track transformation.

Former African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

DURBAN – African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says education is the key to transforming the economy and closing the inequality gap.

The former African Union chair was speaking at a lecture on free education at the Durban University of Technology on Thursday night.

Dlamini-Zuma says there needs to be a skills revolution in order to fast track transformation.

She says the fight to transform the economy won’t be easy and has called for unity during this battle.

Dlamini-Zuma spent most of her address speaking on the history of colonialism and the legacy of apartheid and how education now needs to become a tool to liberate black people.

She once again spoke about what children are taught in schools, emphasising that students must learn about being patriotic and pan-African.

“But also education must be of quality but also it must teach young people to be patriotic.”

Dlamini-Zuma urged students to contribute ideas ahead of the ANC policy conference in June.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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