Mobile Museum gets Youth Hyped up for Heritage

  • Posted: Nov 25, 2013

Sharing heritage and creating awareness around the importance of museums and their collections and the wealth of information contained in museums, all form part of the work of the passionate and dedicated Education and Public Programmes (EPP) team of Iziko Museums of South Africa. Throughout Heritage Month, and especially in the days leading up to Heritage Day, the programme celebrated the richness, diversity and importance of our birthright as South Africans.

Iziko’s Heritage Month programme was well received by the members of the public, and especially by our youngest audience, for whom museums are a link to the past, our present, and the future. The Iziko Mobile Museum continues to be a vital tool in helping to share educational museum resources with people in rural and urban communities who are unable to visit Iziko.

On Friday, 20 September 2013, Iziko Mobile Museum conducted an outreach event at Ikhaya le themba in Hout Bay where Outreach Officer Sithembele Harmans gave a talk on heritage and presented a beading workshop to about 100 children. Ikhaya le themba is a non-profit organisation in the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu, in Hout Bay. This organisation helps support children and their families made vulnerable through HIV/AIDS and other life circumstances by offering after-school care with structured programmes in a safe and stimulating environment. These programmes include educational support, life skills, therapeutic groups as well as opportunities for fun, play and good meal. We are pleased to have been able to take our museums to the youth of this organisation, and look forward to continued exchanges like these.

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