Voortrekkers (youth organization)

Voortrekkers (youth organization)

:"Voortrekkers can also refer to the historical mass migration of the Afrikaner people: see Voortrekkers."

The Voortrekkers is an Afrikaans language youth organisation founded in South Africa in 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 language alternative 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-1994 South 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).

ee also

*Ernest George Jansen

External links

* [http://www.voortrekkers.org.za The Voortrekkers youth movement official website]

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