Heritage shapes pulse of nation

2016-09-29 06:00
 Vukukhanye Primary school choir entertained at the schools heritage day event on Friday.  PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

Vukukhanye Primary school choir entertained at the schools heritage day event on Friday. PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

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Young children need to understand the importance of Heritage Day for it to not lose its meaning.

This was the message at the Vukukhanye Primary School’s Heritage Day event, which took place on Friday morning.

The all day event saw school children dressed in traditional attire, singing and dancing to folklore music.

According to the school principal Michael Daniels, the event was meant to raise awareness of the day and its importance.

“Learners must know what the origin of this public holiday is and why it is celebrated today.

They need to understand why it is so important and what it means for different cultures. In that way they might learn to be more accepting of different people and their cultural backgrounds.

There were also traditional arts and crafts as well as traditional foods prepared by the teachers at the school.

Pozna Gomomo from the Vuka Sana Life Skills project said that it was very important for learners to learn about their culture from a very young age.

Alluding to the fact that the day is referred to as the Braai Day in various societies within the country, she said that they needed to celebrate the authentic meaning through unity.

“They must never underestimate the power of oneness. They must understand the history and understand that this day was almost forever referred to as Shaka Day.

It was then called Heritage Day to accommodate other cultural groups living in this country. They should then also protect it,” said Gomomo.

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