04 October 2010

Robben Island Museum Spring School Updates

On the 23rd of September 2010, Ms Nozipho, HoD: Mobile Museum of Albany Museum and four learners Sibabalwe Quma of Victoria High School, Bill Jokani of Nombulelo High School, Luthando Dyan of Wilsons Party Farm School and Asiphe Stoffel of Farmer field Farm School travelled to Robben Island. They were attending the annual spring school. The theme was Africa Unite and Fight Xenophobia.

The spring school has been attended by students from all nine provinces and other African ccountries such as Namibia, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Zimbabwe. It consisted of xenophobia workshop, umrabulo, knowledge hunt, electives, Heritage Day celebrations and an open day where all participants received certificates.
Umrabulo is a Xhosa word, meaning to sip, and in this case its symbolic is sipping from the cup of knowledge. There were ex-political prisoners who facilitated umrabulo.

For the knowledge hunt the participants were divided into groups that had to complete tasks.

In another activity called electives, there were five choices namely Radio, African music, Paper recycling, Storytelling and Print making.

Sibabalwe chose radio, Luthando chose music, Bill chose storytelling and Asiphe chose paper recycling.

Siba said radio is very exciting but yet stressful because they slept at 3am and woke up 6am. Bill said storytelling is so exciting. Luthando said he learnt how to play music using horns and drums and Asiphe said that She learnt how to make frames and gift boxes with recycled paper. All learnt lots of things like the value of human dignity and heritage.

Robben Island is such a wonderful and peaceful place, although it was a prison. It is a world heritage site. Something very interesting about it is that there is no crime. Spring school has an awesome experience and the new friendships are made.

The spring school facilitators drafted a manifesto for the spring school, and a task team that will facilitate workshops in the provinces was elected. These workshops will involve museum educators of each province.

Albany Museum management and Mobile Museum Services Department would like to thank the Robben Island management and staff for this opportunity and the funding of the Spring School.

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