‘Parents must teach true culture’

2016-04-13 06:00
THE Lethabo Entertainment Cultural Group wants to keep the Setswana culture alive.

THE Lethabo Entertainment Cultural Group wants to keep the Setswana culture alive.

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TO keep the Setswana culture and language alive, the message of “Tshwara ngwana ke bua le mmagwe,” a Tswana proverb, proved to be the solution.

A cultural event under the theme Tshwara ngwana ke bua le mmagwe was successfully hosted at the RC Elliot Hall where over 300 tickets were sold to the public.

During the event, hosted by the local Lethabo Entertainment Cultural Group, parents pledged and volunteered their services in supporting the youth to keep their culture alive, including to personally teach them.

That was done during the interaction session that was held in the form of a dialogue before the performances.

The session was used as a platform for the youth and parents to have a dialogue, where the challenges facing arts and culture were addressed by both parties.

“We realised that most parents do not encourage their children to know their culture and also do not teach them where they come from.

“That is where most of the parents admitted in failing to fill that gap.

“Our Setswana culture is dying, because we do not expose the youth to it as much as we should.

“Many youth cannot even recite praise poems (‘leboko’) themselves because there is just a handful who are interested in its activities,” said the headboy of the cultural group, Motsamai Lechuti.

It was further agreed that the way forward is to educate the younger generation how to know and appreciate themselves better.

Some of the parents had also grouped themselves to volunteer their services and to share their knowledge before the performance programme started.

At least seven cultural groups from Kimberley, Postmasburg, Delportshoop, Jan Kempdorp and Pampierstad shared the stage. Gumboot dancers also took some time entertaining the guests.

According to Lechuti, the show had been very well-planned and marketed in advance, as they had managed to accommodate five groups from outside Kimberley and catered for them.

“Our biggest goal of reaching out to the parents was achieved, as they promised to meet us halfway. This way we now feel confident enough to also approach the schools to partner in terms of arts and culture programmes.

“Therefore, we pat ourselves on the back for a job well done, as we did sell ourselves on this platform.”

According to Lechuti, this show had been better than the first ones, as they had previously used to host shows where they would only showcase performances.

“This was the updated version and we are proud to announce that it will be an annual event.

“Only next time we want to expand and go bigger in order to accommodate groups that are as far as the Kalahari and Keimoes.

“They wanted to come, but due to the long distance and lack of funds, we could not meet each other halfway as we wished.”

The group invites anyone who is willing to fund the next event or participate in any way, to contact Lechuti on 078-477-3240 or Ndlovu Mouleni on 078-753-8721.

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