Outdoor teaching for greater appreciation of Ubuntu

BRINGING Life Sciences, English and History class outdoors made the Riebeek College Grade 10 outing to Donkin Reserve and the Nelson Mandela Bay beachfront a special learning exercise.

As part of the our Ubuntu theme, the girls were involved in inter-connectivity exercises in that each learner was tasked with drawing up a compliments page for another learner in the grade and mindfulness exercises were undertaken.

The girls also undertook a beach clean-up along the Port Elizabeth beachfront as part of their Mandela100@Riebeek - 100 Acts Of Kindness campaign. Learning about inclusive heritage when visiting the Donkin Reserve led to a greater appreciation of Ubuntu for the girls.

“We learnt about the South African heritage that we often find ourselves taking for granted. The litter clean-up that followed gave us the opportunity to give back to the community and allowed us to add to the spirit of Ubuntu,” said Azraa Rockman, a Grade 10 learner at Riebeek College.

Another Grade 10 learner, Anabo Thompson, was poetic about the outing, “Drowning in the heat of the boiling sun, but the contact between your feet and the fading waves soothe your body and relaxes your soul.”

Alexandra Dennis, also in Grade 10 at Riebeek said, “The sun-kissed, jagged masterpiece is playing tug of war with the waves. I love not knowing when the next one will crash. I find the uncertainty relaxing.”

At the historic Donkin Reserve girls were told the sad love story of Sir Rufane Donkin and the pyramid he had built for his late wife. The learners were given a chance to look at inclusive heritage and were given a broader understanding of exactly what the heritage meant to the community at present and those before the current inhabitants of Port Elizabeth.

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