Sign up: Fun, education and prizes galore in museum passport competition

2013-01-29 00:00

CHILDREN in KwaZulu-Natal are being encouraged to visit Pietermaritzburg’s many museums as part of this year’s The Witness Museum Passport competition.

Organisers are hoping that last year’s Department of Education decision to restrict school outings following a tragic accident involving children from Okhombe Primary, near Bergville, will not affect the numbers of pupils taking part.

Viranna Frank, spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, said schools were keen to take part, but were worried about the regulations.

To try and help, museum staff in Pietermaritzburg have been in contact with the department and have learned that as long as the schools fill in the necessary forms and get written permission from parents and the principal, they can take part.

Pupils from schools who choose to sign up will not only learn about the history of the region, but both they and their schools stand the chance to win valuable prizes. They include gift vouchers, cameras, cellphones and printer/photocopiers, wireless keyboard and mouse sets and sunglasses, all sponsored by The Witness, the Department of Arts and Culture, Jackson Sports, Lotus Stationers, Nashua, Waltons, Brand X, Adams, Specsavers, Prosyscom, B Branded and Meteor Office Furniture.

The competition, which will be launched at 3 pm on Thursday at the Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum complex in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg, is now in its fifth year.

From February 1 to April 8, schools need to visit Macrorie House Museum and the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, the Tatham Art Gallery and Pietermaritzburg Tourism in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Street, the Old Prison in Burger Street, Comrades House in Scottsville, the Olwazini Discovery Centre at the Golden Horse Casino and the Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum.

At each stop the pupils’ passports will be stamped.

Completed passports must be handed in to one of the museums before 2 pm on April 12.

The passports will be audited and placed in a draw where the winners will be chosen.

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