Twinning association to use Time Travel to teach

2010-10-25 00:00

The Port Shepstone Twinning association hosted a two day conference at the town’s Civic Centre on Wednesday and Thursday last week to discuss the use of a “Time Travel” learning programme that would seek to encourage children to “live history so that they can understand it.”

Time Travel, an integrated method, involves learning areas across all professions which is dependent on a period of time in history.

It allows school children to live and experience a certain day in a time period in order to understand what happened compared to merely reading it in a textbook. Amongst those in attendance at the conference were delegates from Sweden and the provincial MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation Weziwe Thusi. “It is a pleasure to witness members of the community and independent organisations taking charge of important initiatives aimed at immortalising our history for the benefit of future generations,” said Thusi.

“As a Department we believe there can be no social cohesion without understanding and what better way to begin the process by walking in the footsteps of our forefathers as different communities.”

Thusi added that the Time Travel concept could be particularly useful in a country as diverse and rich in history as South Africa.

“In South Africa we face a major challenge of not having enough people telling our stories to the extent that some of our history is documented incorrectly,” she said.

“Through several initiatives our government is doing its best to correct that history and I believe adopting the time travel method will assist us.

“This is critical in our country because if we fail to do this we run the risk of future generations making the same mistakes our forefathers made.”

On Wednesday those in attendance were shown a pilot run of the “Time Travel” project that focused on arts, culture and heritage.

The Port Shepstone Twinning Association will be hosting a Time Travel demonstration tomorrow at the South Wharf at 8:30 am tomorrow.

The time period will be the year 1905 and the exhibition will seek to educate those in attendance on the issue of the indentured labourer’s arrival to South Africa.

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