Pupil raises iLembe’s flag in Germany

2016-04-20 06:00
Luthuli Museum public relations officer Zinhle Nyembe, iLembe District's top matric achiever for the class of 2015 Jisheel Kanaye and his debate instructor Mrs R.D. Singh. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

Luthuli Museum public relations officer Zinhle Nyembe, iLembe District's top matric achiever for the class of 2015 Jisheel Kanaye and his debate instructor Mrs R.D. Singh. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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THE iLembe District’s top matric achiever for the class of 2015 and former Stanger Manor pupil Jisheel Kanaye attended an international youth camp in Bergen-Belsen, Germany recently.

Kanaye’s ticket to Germany came after he was chosen as one of three pupils to represent the district in a national youth camp following his participation in a local debate session organised by the Luthuli Museum.
He was then chosen at the national youth camp as one of five pupils to represent the country in Germany.

He left for the 13-day camp on 14 March on the longest, coldest and most uncomfortable flight he said he has ever taken.

The medical student said the experience was worthwhile because it taught him about ethics within his profession of choice when they were taught about Nazi doctors who were involved in hazardous medical experiments.

“I gained life skills and learned a lot about World War 2 and I had the opportunity to make friends from Europe,” he said.

Kanaye said the group of international campers also learned about Nazi ideology, euthanasia, World War 2 concentration camps, and had the chance to converse with war survivors and explore historical sites.

“We were involved in a number of workshops and not only did we learn about the war, but we learned about other countries and cultures as well. People exchanged souvenirs from their countries,” he said.

The straight-A student said although he was saddened by celebrating his 18th birthday far away from home, he enjoyed the celebrations he had with his extended family at the camp.

“I turned 18 on 22 March, people sang happy birthday for me in five different languages,” he said.

Kanaye said although language was a communication barrier since some attendees spoke English as a second language, the entire experience was beautiful and he loved it.

“The last day was sad, people started crying because they realised that they probably would not see each other ever again, but thanks to technology and social networks we still keep in touch,” he said.

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