Kids enjoy time out in the museum

Nontsikelelo Cotiyana, a Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum staff member, engaging children of Indy San Educare Centre during their visit on Friday 21 September.PHOTOS: supplied
Nontsikelelo Cotiyana, a Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum staff member, engaging children of Indy San Educare Centre during their visit on Friday 21 September.PHOTOS: supplied

Young children of Indy Sana Educare Centre were spoilt on Friday 21 September when they visited Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.

Donning their traditional attire the children learnt about the history of Lwandle, mainly how the area came into existence.

They were shown items that were used in yesteryear by the migrant labourers, and they also played games, sang and danced for the staff of the museum as well.

The founder of Indy Sana Educare Centre, Indiphile Ngetu, told City Vision that plans were afoot to set aside an annual day where they will visit the museum.

She believes this will help the children a great deal as some come and leave the centre to start education in lower primary schools.

“On this day we had 130 children, but some may be gone next year and new ones come in. The new children also need to learn about this history as it is very important. As older people we also learnt a great deal on the day as we took other things for granted,” she said.

Ngetu says she started the educare centre in 2011 with around 35 children, but today they have 150 children they look after.

She believes now, after the visit, that the museum is a “great source of information” for locals.

“We came to Cape Town when everyone was already allowed to live here. So we took it for granted that before, only men, mainly migrant labourers, were staying here in hostels. That is an important part of history and we need to share it as much as we can,” she believes.

Masa Soko, manager of the museum told City Vision that they were happy to see that the museum was used by local schools to empower the young ones.

“The children are too young so we could not go deeper in history, but we told them about different objects like your broom, stoves back then and now. This is encouraging for us, and we will plan something properly for next year around heritage day,” she said. The museum this year turned 18 but was officially founded in 1997.

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