Museum Passport competition: Imbali school walks away with top prizes

2011-08-24 00:00

A TEACHER at Ndabenhle Primary School, Khanyisile Madlala, said she couldn’t wait to share the news with the principal that her school and three of its pupils have walked away with prizes at this year’s The Witness Museum Passport scheme.

Based in Sakabuli Road, Imbali, the school received the top prize of a Nashua printer. Grade five pupils Noluthando Molefe, Thabiso Msomi and Sthembiso Mhlanga received a camera,

cellphone and iPod respectively.

Madlala said hundreds of grade five pupils at the school took part in the competition this year, adding that “it’s important to expose them to museums”.

She said it had really helped her young charges to tour the KwaZulu-Natal Museum,

Pietermaritzburg Tourism,

Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum, Macrorie House Museum, Tatham Art Gallery, Comrades House

Museum and The Old Prison (Project Gateway).

“After visiting the museums, we gave them assignments and because they had visited these places they had information they wouldn’t have had.

“It’s the second year we have taken part and I was praying that this year we would

win something,” Madlala said.

It is the third year that the Museum Passport competition, which promotes the idea that learning about history and heritage is fun and enjoyable, has been held.

Participating pupils each get a “museum passport”, which is stamped by the seven museums in Pietermaritzburg, when they visit. The prizewinners are then chosen from the completed passports.

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