This year celebrate 5 years since the launch of Passbook Competition in 2013. Since its inception, many learners from the school have attended the annual competition which encourages learners to make use of the local museums as well as to realise how important history is in one’s life and society at large. That is, a nation without history is lost, so it is important that we know where we come from and where we are going. Some learners who attended the competition since its launch had won a lifetime opportunity to travel to the city of Bremen in Germany. Below are experiences that some learners have about the passbook competition:
Olwethu Mlangeni: “I would explain it as an interesting and educational experience that helped me learn more about my culture, where I come from and who I am. Even though I am not very interested in history but I did enjoy the part when I went to the museums, which were amazing. I am really proud that I got the chance to go to Bremen in Germany.”
Zime Mbambo: “Adventurous, overwhelming experience. It is surprising how the past was and how it is now. I feel proud that I got to see all the exhibits and expeditions at the museums.”
Snegugu Mngadi: “Educational fun and growth as an artist.”
Azotha Ntanzi: “It made me realize my goals and it opened my eyes to see that I live in a democratic country. I am who I am because of the people of the past, who strove for freedom. It made me appreciate what I have.”
This competition is about raising awareness to the ‘born free’ generation about what the past was like before democracy. The Abasha Bash which started in 2016 was a way of letting the competitors sing, act and recite poems in order to feel part of the action of the past. The participating sites are Bergtheil Museum, Pinetown Museum, Old House Museum, Cato Manor Heritage Centre, and the Mariannhill Monastery Museum.
Quite recently, an exhibition was held at the Durban Art Gallery under the theme: Interpreting History through the eyes of a child. The exhibition organised by the eThekwini Municipality in conjunction with the Local History Museums the promoters of Passbook competition. The event was graced by three Bremen visit winners namely Olwethu Mlangeni (2015 winner), Taylor Nxumalo (2016 winner), and Snegugu Mngadi (2017 winner) who all hail from our school.
Meanwhile, Ms N. Hlongwa the teacher responsible for the Passbook Competition at school said that she was happy to be part of this initiative. The Passbook competition is very relevant as it instils amongst learners the culture of embracing their heritage and history. “We all need to know where we come from, and such knowledge is found in local history museums.”