Teens go back to their roots

2017-09-26 06:00

In a colourful and informative display of culture and unique heritage, 120 learners are left knowing more not only about their own culture, but others as well.

An initiative hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town’s Nature Conservation, 60 learners from Chris Hani High School and 60 learners from Cedar High School attended a two-day event at the Wolfgat Nature Reserve Education Office last week.

A group of 30 learners from each school attended on the Wednesday and another group of 30 from each school on the Thursday.

The groups were treated to a snake-handling show on Wednesday and an educational hike on Thursday before coming back to the centre to enjoy unique items prepared by each school.

On Thursday, Chris Hani High School learners prepared a play about rights of passage in the traditional Xhosa culture followed by a song, dance and profession. The group from Cedar High School performed a Hindi-inspired dance and a gumboot dance.

The performances were followed by a visit to three stations, educating the learners on three other ­cultures.

At one station they were introduced to the Islamic culture, at another they were introduced to the Rastafari culture and at the third station they were introduced to the Khoisan culture.

The aim of these stations was to educate the learners on other traditions and cultures in a true celebration of other indigenous cultures.

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