[It's Friday, what the hell. Looking through some old stuff, I came across this from the Northlea School Magazine for 1960 - Northlea being the high school in Bulawayo that I attended between 1956 and 1961. It's the editorial for that year. It's unsigned, but is by yours truly at the age of 16 or 17, for the editorial team. Make of it what you will.]
This year, for the first time, the Northlea School Magazine is not being edited by a member of Staff but by pupils of the Sixth Form. Is this a good thing? We think that it is, since the pupils can now feel that the magazine is more their own work than it has been in the past. And not only has the editorial been handed over to us, but much of the other material contained in the magazine; for example, notes on sporting activities have also been written by the pupils. There are, too, other and perhaps more important advantages. For this handing over of responsibility is in keeping with the recently introduced policy of the School: prefects are being given more duties and more authority, as are sub-prefects, monitors and form captains; and the library, too, is being run by pupils. Thus the policy is one of forming minds that are more responsible, independent and self-reliant.
The necessity for having in society responsible people who might one day become leaders has never been more apparent than it is today. The chaotic state of affairs that reigns throughout the world is a clear indication that there is an urgent need for far-sightedness and tolerance on all sides. For only this can overcome the troubles, whether political, racial or otherwise, and thus bring about a peaceful solution. The two possibilities that the next few decades offer have, we know, been presented many times: on the one hand there is dissension and strife that can bring only disaster; on the other there is a world peaceful and having the endless opportunities offered by the enormous advances that have been made in science, medicine and, in fact, in all fields. However, we do not feel it unreasonable to bring up the great contrast between these possibilities once again. For it is an idea that needs to be driven home to all, and when once people have fully realised what another war could mean, when they begin to fear the consequences of stubbornness and intolerance, only then may we look forward with hope to the future and the more peaceful of the two paths that humanity can take.
The stress, therefore, must surely be on a better-educated and a more responsible society. And in order to obtain this a beginning must be made at school, for only there can those essentials that go to make up a peaceful world be learnt; the adult is already indoctrinated, his prejudices are firmly rooted and will remain so.
"And we will help to bring to pass in the world the dreams our fathers dreamed, of lands that are free, of people growing in friendship, in love, in co-operation and peace. This is history's challenge to us. I know, as you do, that we shall not fail." - Paul Robeson.