UCT man gets peace award

03 October 2007 | Story by Myolisi Gophe

The Umtapo Centre has honoured UCT-based anti-apartheid struggle veteran Professor Neville Alexander with the prestigious Steve Biko International Peace Award.

The centre, based in KwaZulu-Natal, named Alexander, director of the UCT-based Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), as the fifth recipient of the accolade. Alexander was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1964 for 10 years for allegedly conspiring to commit sabotage.

Alexander said he was "quite pleased" to receive the award because of "my relation with the late Steve Biko, his views and what he achieved". Alexander has worked with the Umtapo Centre on many projects, including its anti-racism programme that PRAESA has joined.

The centre promotes peace and anti-racism education, while PRAESA promotes multilingualism and multiculturalism to break down barriers between people.

"We consciously try to help people overcome the language and cultural barriers," Alexander said.

PRAESA has existed for 16 years and does extensive research on bilingual education.

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