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Life orientation

Grade 5

Rights and responsibilities

Module 8

Our human rights charter

Let us respect our human rights charter

A charter is a special, written document produced by the legislature, granting privileges or recognising rights. When the South African Constitution was drawn up, specific attention was given to creating a set of rules that would protect every South African citizen against unfair practices. This charter protects the rights of every South African.

A few of the rights are:

All South Africans are equal and must be protected by the law.

No discrimination is allowed. (Aspects such as race, gender and language are mentioned in this regard.)

Every South African citizen above 18 years of age has the right to belong to a political party of his/her choice.

Every South African citizen may practise the religion of his/her choice.

All citizens have the right of access to information.

Every South African citizen has the right to a healthy environment.

All citizens have the right to a safe dwelling, water, food, electricity and school education.

It is obviously not so easy to apply all these rights. The vast number of homeless people who have no food or proper water facilities, as well as the rampant crime all around us, make it extremely difficult for the government to meet the demands of this charter immediately. What is important, however, is that we know that each individual is important and that there is a charter that acknowledges this fact.


To draw up a “human rights charter for grade 5 learners”

[lo 2.1]

To have a better understanding of the value of such a set of rights you could try drawing up a “Human rights charter for Grade 5 learners”. Work in groups and be original and fair. The different groups can compare their documents, and then draw up a final “charter” with the facilitator’s help. Write these rights on a poster and put it up in the classroom. A week later you can have a discussion to see whether you have been respecting each other’s rights in the past week, or whether you violated them in some or other way.

Here are a few examples of what could be regarded as Grade 5 learners’ rights:

The right to learn something new every day

The right to have two breaks during every school day

The right to sit next to a classmate of one’s own choice

The right to participate in the sport of one’s own choice

The right to be taught in one’s mother tongue

The right of each learner to be the class captain at least once a year.


LO 2


The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to constitutional rights and responsibilities, and to show an understanding of diverse cultures and religions.

We know this when the learner:

2.1 applies children’s rights and responsibilities to a range of problem situations;

2.2 discusses instances of stereotype, discrimination and bias, and presents a plan to deal with them in own local context;

2.3 discusses the significance of friends in times of tragedy and change;

2.4 discusses the contributions of women and men in a range of cultural contexts;

2.5 discusses festivals and customs from a variety of religions in South Africa.


The learning material in modules 8 to 13 link very closely with that of module 1-7, but now the emphasis is on human rights. Respect for cultural values and the promotion of understanding and tolerance for diversity in the community are given priority. Activities centred around racism also offer the opportunity to identify and address possible violations of this nature in the school or community.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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