Diversity celebrated at Isiphiwo

2015-10-01 06:00
Bulelwa Thoba-Matiwane, Nolwando Vumazonke, Nobungcwalisa Mxotwa, Luyolo Notutela, Nosicelo George, Jongikhaya Mazula, Nonyameko Mdludlu, Nomvula Vaveki, teachers and learners during the Heritage Day event at Isiphiwo Primary School, in Khayelitsha,

Bulelwa Thoba-Matiwane, Nolwando Vumazonke, Nobungcwalisa Mxotwa, Luyolo Notutela, Nosicelo George, Jongikhaya Mazula, Nonyameko Mdludlu, Nomvula Vaveki, teachers and learners during the Heritage Day event at Isiphiwo Primary School, in Khayelitsha,

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It was a colourful day when learners and teachers at Isiphiwo Primary School hosted an event to celebrate Heritage Day last Wednesday in Khayelitsha.

The day was celebrated with traditional music, dance, poetry, gumboots dance, and other items that touched on their diverse cultures.

Bulelwa Thoba-Matiwane, the Head of Department (HOD), said the event was important to raise awareness to learners about the importance of promoting their cultures.

“We want learners to know where they come from in terms of culture. We believe going back to our roots can help us to bring back our dignity, Ubuntu and respect. We are slowly forgetting where we come from. We used to respect each other, but now that is the thing of the past, violence has taken over,” Thoba-Matiwane said.

She also said the society has also forgotten the food that was eaten in olden days.

The day is celebrated every year at the school and they are planning to take it to a bigger scale next year as they will invite government officials and residents to be part of it.

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. The day is set to encourage citizens to celebrate their cultures and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all. Ayabonga Somtsewu, 13, a Grade 7 learner, said the event was good to promote their cultures.

“It is an important event for us, because it talks about our cultures. There are many things that I like about my culture such our traditional dish, dance and our attire,” Somtsewu said.

Somtsewu read a poem on the day

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