Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu visits Andile Primary School in Gugulethu outside Cape Town as part of a TB campaign, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu visits Andile Primary School in Gugulethu outside Cape Town as part of a TB campaign, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s top 9 quotes about children

By IOL Reporter Time of article published Oct 7, 2021

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DURBAN - Today the world honours Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

Earlier in the day, President Cyril Ramaphosa extended his “warmest congratulations” to Tutu as a respected cleric and anti-apartheid campaigner.

Ramaphosa paid tribute to Tutu for his role as a fighter in the cause for human rights, for equality and for social justice in the 59 years since his ordination.

While he is known to speak out against social injustices including apartheid and homophobia, issues around children's rights remain close to Tutu's heart.

Here are his top 9 quotes about children:

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.

When we see the face of a child, we think of the future. We think of their dreams about what they might become, and what they might accomplish.

The world's forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children's future.

It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.

Children learn about the nature of the world from their family. They learn about power and about justice, about peace and about compassion within the family. Whether we oppress or liberate our children in our relationships with them will determine whether they grow up to oppress and be oppressed or liberate and be liberated.

We spend billions on banks when we know that a fraction of this money could save all the children in the world.

Dream of a world where children can laugh and play and not be blown up by a mine they thought was a toy.

If you are invisible, you are vulnerable. Birth registration must be everyone’s priority. Let's make all children visible and let's give every child a birthday!

Consider what we sometimes do with our children: We imbue them with this sense, very early on, that they have got to succeed. We are not content that they just do well, they have got to wipe the floor with the opposition.

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