02 October 2014


The Albany Museum Education Department has selected four learners to attend Robben Island Spring School and two learners to attend Nelson Mandela Winter School Camp to be held at Nelson Mandela Museum Youth and Heritage Centre. The Robben Island Spring School will start on the 3rd to the 10th of October 2014 whereas the Nelson Mandela Winter School Camp will start on the 5th to the 11th of October 2014. The Winter School Camp takes place each year during winter vacation which is usually between the month of June or July this year; it was postponed to summer school vacation in the month of October.

The Albany Museum education officer Ms Nozipho Madinda is conducting these programmes because Albany Museum, Robben Island Museum and Nelson Mandela Museum are partners. The education officer of Amathole Museum education officer Mr Mark Manditha will also take part in the Robben Island Spring School.

These programmes are enriching the learners. These educational programmes provide creative, exciting, fun and challenging environment for social and personal growth. And also give youth a first rate learning experience in dealing with human rights and responsibilities. These educational programmes are also providing opportunity to young participants and their educators to explore and engage in issues of culture and heritage. The theme for Robben Island Spring School 2014 is “20 years of Democracy-Youth in Conversation about Political Violence”. The theme for Nelson Mandela Winter School is “Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy to empower youth”.

 The following learners will attend Robben Island Spring School:
ü         Mfengwana Nelisa Gr11 – Nombulelo High school
ü        Khaya Ngqokoqhwane Gr11- Kuyasa Combined School
ü  Simnikiwe Mini Gr9 – Raymond Mhlaba High
ü  Yamkela Jacobs Gr11 – Hector Peterson High

Nelson Mandela Winter School learners:
ü  Mzukisi Mntumni Gr 11 – T.E.M  Mrwetyana Secondary School
ü         Lian May Gr11 – Mary Waters High School

01 October 2014


The Albany Museum  Education Officer Mrs Nozipho Madinda and Albany Museum staff were attended three heritage day events to the following places Grahamstown Police Station, Department of Sport Recreation Arts & Culture  provincial event at Motherwell stadium and the last one was at Humansdorp at Kouga Cultural Centre.

Those three events were successful. Speeches were given, cultural dances and different kinds of foods that is cultural food were cooked for example umngqusho, isigwamba, ulusu nerostile. Heritage Day is the day that all people celebrate their cultures in different ways.

In the provincial event all the departments were exhibited. The Albany Museum exhibitions were the most attractive exhibition. The artefacts and banners of Albany Museum were different from other stalls. The education officer of Albany Museum was busy explaining the exhibition to the visitors.

I would like to thank the exhibitions officer Mr Paulas Janse, the maintenance officer Mr Heine Kohl for their assistance and the Albany Museum staff as a whole for their cooperation.