After a weeklong heritage camp in Mokala National Park at the Northern Cape, schools from the nine (9) provinces battled it out by researching and presenting on the given topics: OR Tambo Centenary: are leaders of today emulating the values of OR; about their Intangible heritage and their Tangible heritage and Women Empowerment. Sunward High School from Gauteng in East Rand, impressed the adjudicators with their passion for the given topics, stellar and eloquent presentations throughout the week of intensive tasks during the camp.
Learners were also taken on an excursion to one of Kimberly’s heritage site -The Big Hole, where they were given exercises to present to the provincial teams, adjudicators and officials from other districts. Participants were adjudicated on time management; research and presentation skills.
Some theatrical performance by PAST on the science of our origins that reveals the shared African roots of all people and the shared origins of all living things was presented to the learners as part of the edutainment. PAST is one of NHC’s funded projects that is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and promotion of Africa’s ancient natural and cultural heritage for the benefit of Africans and humankind in its entirety.
Ezibukweni High School from Kwazulu Natal came second followed by Vuyani Mawethu Secondary school in the North West taking third place.
Heritage Manager at the NHC, Siseko Ntshanga said, “I would like to congratulate all of you that are part of this programme as you are all winners and thank this year’s partners; National Arts Council, Department of Basic Education, Brand South Africa, SANparks for making this important initiative where we are developing youth through heritage collectively.”
He urged the learners to pass on the knowledge learnt and values adopted from this camp to their communities and families for a nation building and social cohesion.
“My dedicated teachers, we are grateful for the wonderful work you are doing in an effort to promote and preserve our heritage amongst our youth. We wouldn’t have successfully implement this project had it not been your valued contribution” said Ntshanga.
2018 will be the Council’s 10th Heritage Education School Outreach Programme and the theme and topics will be centred around the centenary of Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela.