Tons of fun at the museum

2018-06-28 06:03
Children listen attentively to Sive Mjikelo as he reads a story during the holiday programme at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.

Children listen attentively to Sive Mjikelo as he reads a story during the holiday programme at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.

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School holidays are generally a time for children to play, get dirty and forget about anything to do with school.

Some even forget to bath, as they are on “holiday”.

But the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is running a holiday programme for children to ensure they are occupied and entertained.

The programme is divided into three segments. On Mondays, children are taken on a trip to a fantasy world with a storytelling session, followed by a question-and-answer session.

But kids will be kids, so they are also given a ball to play soccer or netball.

Wednesday is numeracy day, when they also play flexible games that accommodate both genders.

Sive Mjikelo of the museum told City Vision the programme will run for about three weeks until schools reopen after the winter holidays.

“We just started on Monday and we had 45 children,” he says. “Others arrived later and I think we can expect almost the same number as we go forward. The age group is 10 to 12, but we also have younger children that come and the games are also designed to accommodate them as well.”

Mjikelo says the programme helps keep kids occupied especially in today’s times,when many bad things occur in townships.

“The children were very excited on the first day; this programme keeps them busy,” he said. “We play music and read to them; we know the chances of them getting this stimulation at home are very limited.

“We also serve them drinks and fruit, so they are well looked after while on this winter programme.”

Mjikelo promised parents not to worry as their children are in “safe hands”.


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