- Voortrekkers (youth organization)
:"Voortrekkers can also refer to the historical mass migration of the
Afrikanerpeople: see Voortrekkers."
The Voortrekkers is an
Afrikaans languageyouth organisation founded in South Africain 1931. The Voortrekkers developed their identity based on what they called their ABC: Afrikanerskap, Burgerskap, Christenskap (Afrikanership, Citizenship, Christianity).
The founding of the Voortrekkers coincided with the growth of Afrikaner nationalism in South Africa, then a British colony. In some ways it was an
Afrikaans languagealternative to the largely English-speaking Boy Scout movement with its British heritage. However, the Voortrekker programme was substantially more nationalist and religious than the Scout programme.
Organisationally, the Voortrekkers are divided into a number of "gebiede" (areas) which correspond to the old pre-
1994South African provinces plus Namibia, which in turn are subdivided into "oorde" (districts) and then "kommandos" (commandos). Each kommando consists of a number of "spanne" (teams).
Ernest George Jansen
* [http://www.voortrekkers.org.za The Voortrekkers youth movement official website]
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