The most important lesson to be learnt from 200 years of history is that the future is never over. A new future always emerges again.Training Solidarity regards itself as a builder that has been building a future with enthusiastic members (builders) for the past 115 years. That is why Solidarity is ceaselessly building training institutions and study funds, because training creates possibilities for the future of your job and the jobs of your children.
The present is never permanent and the future is never set in stone. The present is merely the bridge between the past and the future.Rule of law From as far back as 1902 Solidarity believes that justice must be done in the workplace. That core characteristic has been expanded and today Solidarity achieves many successes in the courts. These successes range from justice in the workplace to the fight against the unfair application of affirmative action.
Our future will be determined by what we do today because only one generation of letting things slide could result in the destruction of everything established by our ancestors.Increasing independence People have said that a miracle would be needed to bring about a solution for our problems. That is definitely correct. But miracles do not fall from the air. Hard work is needed to bring about a miracle, as is so aptly described by the Afrikaans word “wonderWERK”. One has to work hard to build a miracle – it does not happen by itself. We see the problems but our view isn’t blocked by them because we also see the successes achieved by our community, we make use of opportunities that exist and we create new opportunities. We are establishing increased community federalism. This means that we are working to find solutions in all areas, including education, training, social issues, safety, the environment, the media, language and culture, heritage conservation and history, as well as greater independence at municipal level.
It would be futile to merely sit back and wait for the future because then you would get a future determined for you by other people.Afrikaans We are permitted to be upset when the right to mother tongue education and the rights of linguistic and cultural communities have to bend the knee before accessibility. However, we cannot leave it at that. It should also be a liberating experience for us because it places Afrikaans back into the hands of the community. For Afrikaans, the apparent end to this era dominated by the state is also the birth of a new era – it is no longer dependent on the state; it is now in the hands of the community.
The only future you can predict is one that you build yourself.The Solidarity Movement The Solidarity Movement is known for its do-it-yourself institutions that are constantly being established. Each of these institutions focus on fulfilling a specific need in the community, whether it be welfare, civil rights or labour issues. All of these institutions are unique examples of incredible potential that has been unlocked and needs that have been fulfilled. Solidarity started building a Solidarity Movement 16 years ago. The Solidarity Movement consists of 18 institutions, including the Solidarity Trade Union, the civil rights organisation AfriForum, and Solidarity Helping Hand, with a combined membership of 350 000.
When it was their turn, our ancestors did what they had to do, but each generation is responsible for its own time, and now it is our turn.#Let’sBuild. SMS LET’SBUILD to 34802 (R1).
- Solidarity trade union fighting to protect your job;
- AfriForum taking care of civil rights;
- Solidarity Helping Hand providing social assistance;
- Sol-Tech providing high quality artisan training;
- Akademia, the Solidarity Movement’s tertiary education institution;
- Solidarity Financial Services (SFS) offering financial advice and products;
- Maroela Media, an independent digital media company;
- Kraal Uitgewers, a publisher of books of historical importance and books relevant to current situations;
- The FAK, responsible for cultural protection and upliftment.
- Solidarity Helping Hand's Study Fund Centre (SFS) has been offering student loans since 2009 to students who want to study after school. These loans are 100% interest free and are highly sought after among parents who cannot afford to let their children study further. More than R120 million in the form of student loans have been paid to deserving Afrikaner children.
- Solidarity Helping Hand’s School Support Centre (SOS) offers a variety of solutions to teachers, parents and learners who want to ensure they get the most out of their maths education. The Society for Afrikaans Maths Teachers (VAW), one of the teachers’ societies falling under the SOS, offers access to free extra maths classes, online videos as well as exam papers and work sheets for high school and primary school learners. In addition, the brand-new maths app helps you to walk that extra mile.
- Akademia is currently using a high technology teaching model that brings lecturers and students in study centres across the country together in a virtual study space.
- Sol-Tech – a private technical training institution.
- S-Leer – a quality Afrikaans training centre which empowers professional people with CPD points and continued learning.
- AfriForum Youth is the official youth wing of AfriForum, the civil rights initiative established by Solidarity.
- Solidarity Helping Hand’s School Bag project aims to make an indispensable contribution to children's lives and to enable indigent grade ones to kick off their school career on an equal footing with their classmates.
- AfriForum is involved in the Dink of Sink (Think or Sink) debating competition for its a second year running.
- AfriForum’s SLIM-campaign – Studeer en Leer In jou Moedertaal (Study and learn in your mother tongue) – which encourages people to use and strengthen their mother tongue as language of instruction.
- In addition, the Solidarity Movement also makes use of the rule of law to protect education, for example, to keep religion in schools. The application to abolish religious practices in schools has been brought before the court and Solidarity, AfriForum and FEDSAS are fighting this court battle.