Tolerance lessons

2015-06-04 06:00

The South African Jewish Museum is inviting local schools to be part of their religious and cultural diversity programme.

The South African Jewish Museum is inviting local schools to be part of their religious and cultural diversity programme.

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High levels of intolerance are often the cause of many outbreaks of violence associated with racism, xenophobia or religious differences.

The recent xenophobic attacks can be seen as an example of such intolerance.

The South African Jewish Museum has developed a religious and cultural diversity programme called Education Outreach programme.

it began two years ago and is designed for pupils between grades 5 to 7 in the province.

The pupils get to learn about the Jewish and other communities in the country.

Gabi Neudilman said: “It is important for the young people to learn about people who come from other countries and the reason they leave their homes.

The Jewish people left Europe for South Africa escaping persecution and we came here in search of a better future.”

She said the programme offered practical activities to expose learners to diversity, multiculturalism and respect.

The pupils are also taught about Islam, Christianity, African beliefs and Buddhism.

The Western Cape Education Department endorses the programme.

“We have realised that some had information regarding Jewish people but it’s in bits and pieces and we can see that when they leave, they have gained some valuable information,” she said.

Up to 60 pupils can be accommodated per visit and the programme is free.

The Museum also provide lunches for those schools on a feeding scheme programme and is able to help subsidise transport.

Neudilman also encouraged other schools to contact the museum as well as other communities from the community.

Interested parties can call 021 465 1546 or email:


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