23 January 2012

Museums’ Little Contribution

By: Zongezile Matshoba

“Yes I aced my history, thank you very much,” those were the words of Siba Quma, a 2011 matriculant from Victoria Girls High in Grahamstown. She obtained a distinction in history.

Quma was one of the learners that represented Albany Museum and the Eastern Cape Province in the Robben Island Museum 2010 Spring School (RIM SS2010). She chose a radio elective, and anchored the recorded show. The 2010 theme was “Africa Unite and fight Xenophobia".

Quma said that the contribution of the museums and her visit to Robben Island had a great impact on her studies and achievements.

“It helped stir up passion for the (history) subject thus leading to full dedication and such results,” she said.

She was able to view things on a different perspective, objectively, with open mind and became an independent thinker.

Quma is very thankful of her association with museums as that helped her to question certain things and research, and come up with her own conclusion to certain events.

The RIM Spring School hosts various learners from the nine provinces of South Africa and several SADC states such as Namibia.

She aims to study International Relations at Rhodes University this year.

Albany Museum at RIM SS2010

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