The concept of International Mandela Day is for citizens to devote 67 minutes of their day to helping others, in honor of the 67 years Mandela spent fighting for social justice. Today we got to devote our whole day to this, as we joined the Iziko education staff on their annual outreach trip to a local school.
As soon as we arrived at Bramble Way Primary School in Bonteheuwel (a township outside of Cape Town), dozens of kids started running up to us. They were so excited for the arrival of the Mobile Museum, which is Iziko’s way of bringing a free museum experience to communities who aren’t able to visit.
Some highlights of our day:
- Helping paint a classroom, then helping the kids put their hand prints on part of the wall
- Setting up canvasses for the kids to put more hand prints and write birthday messages to Madiba (complete with a fabulous sketch by Rosie)
- Hearing Dr. Alexander (Director of Education at Iziko) give a talk to the kids. He actually grew up in Bonteheuwel, and hearing him talk about his “humble beginnings” was inspiring.
- Taking turns manning the video camera, the footage of which will be compiled, edited, and put onto DVDs with the help of Wandile
- Watching the kids’ amazed expressions as they viewed the fossils, shells, taxidermied animals and bottled sea animals that the Mobile Museum brought