Sup­port for Queen’s Vi­sion 175 plan

The Rep - - IN OUR POST BAG - Prince Charles of Ko­mani writes:

Queen’s Col­lege as an in­sti­tu­tion has been a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the so­cial and cul­tural cap­i­tal of our coun­try, and a perusal of its “Vi­sion 175” plan re­veals a school gear­ing it­self for the fu­ture.

What is most fas­ci­nat­ing about the plan is the school’s at­tempt to de­fine trans­for­ma­tion on its own terms which ap­pears to be much broader and pro­gres­sive than the typ­i­cal po­lit­i­cal fram­ing of the con­cept – the pro­mo­tion of val­ues, such as for­give­ness and ac­tive cit­i­zenry, be­ing a high­light of the plan.

Do we as so­ci­ety need to sup­port this vi­sion? Cer­tainly, be­cause in essence what head­mas­ter Janse van der Ryst and the school are at­tempt­ing to do broadly, is to en­sure that the past does not be­come a grave dig­ger of the fu­ture (some­thing our po­lit­i­cal ac­tors are fail­ing dis­mally in do­ing cur­rently).

As an Old Boy I am in­ter­ested to see how the school deals with two as­pects: how it will com­mem­o­rate and re­mem­ber the ca­su­al­ties of the Bor­der War with­out en­tan­gling it­self with the pol­i­tics of that con­flict, and how as a boys’ school it aims to ar­rest the rise of toxic mas­culin­ity.

What the school views as a plan for it­self, is ac­tu­ally a blue­print for the na­tion.

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