“When we got at the Island it was rough, they cuffed us and forced us to walk side by side calling us names and treating us as prisoners. What made it worse, we were never told that we will go through such an experience, we thought it was just a tour were we would see the Robben Island,” these are words of Ndima Kagiso (19) a grade 12 learner from Milton Mbekela secondary school in Qunu. About 61 learners from former President Nelson Mandela’s village in Qunu as wells as others from Joe Slovo and Du Noon had a three day camping at the Robben Island from Friday to Sunday were they were educated about the history of political prisoners as a Mandela day event. Lulu Nongogo the founder of Lulwazi Lwethu a Non-Profit organisation held a career expo at the Island were all the learners had an opportunity to know the career paths they may pursue after matric. The event was organised by Human Settlements department together with Lulwazi Lethu. Isaac Skhosana the spokesperson of the deputy minister of human settlements said the learners got the opportunity to understand the history of their country. Nongogo said it is the first ever career expo to be held on Robben Island. “I have always wanted to bring young people from Qunu to see where exactly Mandela was staying so that they won’t just read it only in the books. I worked together with department of Human Settlements we brought them here to understand what the political prisoners went through for us to get the freedom that we have today,” she said. Skhosana said the moment the learners landed on the Island they were cuffed. “As soon as they landed on the Island there was a role-playing session, the session meant they were going to walk in the footsteps of prisoners, how the prisoners were taken from the harbour to the jail cells. I think they walked for an hour, they walked through the bushes, there were Robben Island facilitators who were emulating the warders of the time, even the language that they were using,” said Skhosana who said the session had gone a long way to make young people understand history. Thubelihle Dhlula (18) from Sinejongo High said: “We learnt a lot from the camp, besides history we learnt about the our future careers from Lulwazi Lwethu,”she said.