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Nelson Mandela Museum launches educational activities and poetry book for youth and children

March 18, 2010

The Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu is launching an array of fun and educational activities for children and youth tomorrow that are in line with its objectives to be an institution of thought and learning.

The activities include the launch a comic exhibition and a Nelson Mandela board game, the presentation of an exciting poetry book called My Zone, and a Nelson Mandela activity book. All were inspired by the Museum’s need to reach out to schools and communities across South Africa.

The launch, which will be attended by Museum stakeholders, will be a lively event featuring song and dance and a poetry reading from the poetry book. The day’s activities mark a big step towards the rejuvenation of the Museum as a place for young and old.

Says Mr Khwezi ka Mpumlwana, Nelson Mandela Museum CEO: “We are committed to aligning all our programmes to the curriculum of the National Department of Education. We are always looking for different ways of engaging our visitors in different educational activities and this is just one of the other unique ways we are reaching out. These materials will go a long way in passing and imparting Mr Mandela’s the legacy.”

The board game, which was designed by the Museum and is presented in isiXhosa and English, encompasses works from Nelson Mandela’s biography, Long Walk to Freedom and the Dear Mr Mandela…Dear Mrs Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons exhibition, which is currently on show. The board game will teach kids and youth about the world icon’s life. It also features themes ranging from the prehistoric era to recent times and has links to Nelson Mandela and his contemporaries.

The Museum backs initiatives aimed at empowering young people, hence the publication of the My Zone poetry book. My Zone is a collection of poems written by Grade 12 learners who attended a nine day Leadership Institute Nation Building Camp under the theme, A Journey of Discovery, at the Museum in 2009. The learners, who came from eight provinces across the country, wrote about the challenges they face as young people and how they cope with these. While the poems cover general themes, many of them speak about issues such as HIV/AIDS, families and Nelson Mandela’s life. The 100-page book also features illustrations by Andrew Lindsey.

The comic exhibition, called the Madiba Legacy series of comics, was a donation to the Museum from the national Department of Education. The exhibition teaches youth about the process of making a comic strip and introduces them to the technology involved in the process. The comic is also used as a vehicle to educate communities about Mr Mandela’s legacy and promotes sustainable interest in the arts.

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