“Ubuntu speaks of the very essence of being human. It is to say, ‘My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.’ We belong in a bundle of life.”
— Desmond Tutu, from No Future Without Forgiveness
The ideology of ubuntu shares deep roots with South African culture. Roughly translated it means “I am because we are.” At its core, it unites. It suggests that by bettering yourself and your community everyone becomes stronger. In short, it means togetherness.
But turmoil, illness, and depravity tend to push positivity and collaboration aside in favor of selfishness and short-term gain—separating communities and dividing individuals. To combat this, together+ seeks to reinvigorate the spirit of ubuntu through lessons of tolerance in the classroom.
The together+ campaign positively impacts communities in South Africa through the education system. We provide educators resources they need to teach their pupils about acceptance. We currently focus on the stigma and division stemming from two of South Africa’s most pressing social challenges—xenophobia and HIV. Our work provides hope and knowledge to communities through their most valuable resource—children.
Together+ is a joint initiative of the University of Notre Dame, the Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Pellegrino Collaborative.