Museums Passport Competition opens

2016-01-27 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john Promoting the Museums Passport Competition 2016 (back, from left) Njabulo Mpungose, Zime Nxumalo, Shereen Naidu, and (front) Merle Perumal (left) and Viranna Frank.

PHOTO: nicole john Promoting the Museums Passport Competition 2016 (back, from left) Njabulo Mpungose, Zime Nxumalo, Shereen Naidu, and (front) Merle Perumal (left) and Viranna Frank.

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THREE of Pietermaritzburg’s main museums have joined forces for this year’s Museums Passport competition and will be giving away R50 000 to primary and high schools that join in the initiative.

KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Msunduzi Museum and The Old Prison have pooled money together to offer three prizes of R25 000, R15 000 and R10 000 to three schools.

The aim of the competition is to create awareness and draw people to these museums so they can learn about the history of the city and all that the museums have to offer.

“Museums provide a unique experience of getting up close and personal with things we usually only see in books, newspapers or television. Research shows that those who have has first-hand experience of information are more likely to retain it later in life. Going to a museum can bring what is taught in schools to life by seeing real artefacts or objects,” said Viranna Frank from KZN Museum.

To qualify for the prizes schools must visit all three participating museums before the end of May and after a tour of each pupils need to stamp their “passports”.

The number of entries each school gets into the lucky draw prize is dependent upon the number of pupils in the groups that visit the school. The bigger the group of pupils, the more entries the school receives. A group must have a minimum of 15 pupils.

There is no geographical restriction on which schools can enter the competition. All schools are encouraged to participate.

The competition will be officially launched on 5 February at the Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele Street. At the launch the schools will receive entry packs and competition information. Schools will also meet representatives from each institution.

For more information, contact Frank at 033 345 1404, Shereen Naidoo (Msunduzi Museum) at 033 394 6835 or Merle Perumal (Old Prison) at 033 845 0400.

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