20 July 2012

Follow Mandela's steps and make change too!

By: Zongezile Matshoba

Broken windows, bare, dusty floors and leaking roofs in farm schools did not deter those striving to make a difference, responding to the Mandela Day’s 67 Minutes call. Albany Museum, through its Mobile Service unit, and with the support of local businesses and individuals, once again brought smiles and relief as it visited four farm schools to present donations given with open heart. 
THANK YOU, MANDELA: Wilson's Party Farm School in jubilation  
as Albany Museum arrives to celebrate Mandela Day's 67 Minutes 
Unathi Magwaxaza, the Languages Subject Advisor in the Cacadu District of the Department of Education, motivated parents, teachers and learners to follow this example, and to unite and strive for change.

“Mandela is a symbol of change. The challenge today is to do our part to change the lives of others,” Magwaxaza said.

Mandela, 94, has spent 27 years in prison fighting for freedom for all, and dedicated 67 years of his life in the struggle for humanity.

Such change, no matter how little it is, does not really need money, but skills and innovation, especially from parents, Magwaxaza emphasized. She encouraged parents in particular to follow Albany Museum's example, and take initiatives. She also motivated teachers to ensure that resources like the corner libraries that Albany Museum was donating, are used effectively.

A READING NATION: Nozipho Madinda (traditional attire),
presenting corner libraries with books such as
Grahamstown Reflected,
and Ubukhosi Neenkokheli, to four farm schools.  
Albany Museum presented four corner libraries with books from the Museum and other donors. These were given to Wilson's Party, Martindale, Zintle and Manley Flats farm schools. The young learners were also given other niceties like sweets, biscuits, oranges bags and clothes.

Learners who have benefited through other efforts of Albany Museum also shared their stories, proving the possibility that even farm can attain such achievements. Lelethu Mto from Khutliso Daniel High School was fortunate to go to Robben Island Museum in September 2011 as part of the Spring School group.

Nolubabalo Ralo of Ntsika High School traveled to Germany in April this year after being selected for the International Youth Camp by the Nelson Mandela Museum, under the leadership of Lwazi Madikiza who is completing her Masters degree at Rhodes University. Albany Museum has very strong relations with these two museums, Robben Island Museum and Nelson Mandela Museum.

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