Our Museum team along with the 5 lucky learners who won the trip to the Robben Island Spring School have left for Cape Town this morning. There was great excitement and nervousness from all, but much anticipation also for the week ahead. In preparation for this trip, the museum hosted a speech contest in August, to choose five pupils who will participate in the camp. The competition was open to Grade 10 and 11 history learners from schools under the uMgungundlovu District with the topic being “To what extent has South Africa achieved its democratic dreams/aspirations in the past 25 years?”. 15 schools participated in the competition. Pupils selected for the camp include Zenzwezinhele Khumalo from Uminathi College, Sanelesiwe Memela from KwaPatha Secondary School, Amanda Radebe from Richmond Combined Secondary School, Njabulo Mbili from Cool Air Secondary School, Thobeka Mahaye from Injoloba Secondary School. The competition was open to all school in the uMgungundlovu District.
The Spring School is a residency and flagship programme of the Robben Island Museum which started in 1998. Each year, a theme is tailored to address pertinent issues affecting the youth of South Africa. All nine provinces in South Africa and SADC countries participate and pupils are identified by different government departments and various institutions. The learners are expected back in the province at the end of the school holiday.