Programme keeps kids busy

Children listen attentively during a storytelling session at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Tuesday 2 October.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi
Children listen attentively during a storytelling session at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Tuesday 2 October.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

“Every school holiday I come here to participate in this programme. I feel happy being here and it is always a pleasure to be around other children.”

These were the words of 15-year-old Thandokuhle Mzwakali from Lwandle, who attended the holiday programme run by the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.

The programme started on Monday 1 October and ends tomorrow (Friday 5 October).

It entails storytelling, games, drawings, local history lessons and much more fun made available for children to enjoy, keeping them busy and engaged over the holidays.

It prevents them from wandering the streets aimlessly while the schools are closed.

“When we are here, we read books and listen to stories being read,” said Mzwakali, who hopes to become a pilot one day. “They also share valuable information about the importance of doing our school work.”

Zizipho Somtsewu, a staff member at the museum, told City Vision that they planned the holiday programme before the schools closed for the Spring holidays.

She said the children are not familiar with the history of the area and the museum plays its part in ensuring this is not the case through education.

“When we share the history, we go down to their level and do not present it as if we are talking to adults,” Somtsewu said. “These children are really excited and one sees the numbers improve every day.”

She said the museum also aims to improve the children’s reading skills, helping them where they can.

Every child was welcome, although most of the children were 13 years old and below.

The programmes run every school holiday and any child who may be interested is welcome to join.

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