We are hearing the awesome news that word of our education programmes is reaching communities further afield.
In the last few weeks we have had several groups from Wellington and Paarl joining us for tours and our Cultural Diversity Education Programme. These visits have been highly successful and many of the groups made return bookings.
Government schools have not been allowed to go on outings under lockdown regulations. In response to this challenge, our outreach team has been working with NGOs to bring people from underprivileged communities to the museum. We host these groups on certain Sunday mornings and in the school holidays and it is a pleasure to see how many people, young, old and in-between, make the effort to do something educational in their spare time. We have had grandparents, moms with babies, young men and women, lots of primary school kids and teenagers all turning up on a Sunday in the same group and our fantastic facilitators have managed to educate and entertain them all according to their needs and interests.
Special mention must be made of the amazing Grade 7s from Zeekoevlei Primary and their dedicated teacher, Michelle Petersen, who joined us on Friday 8 October in the last week of their holiday. The children in Michelle’s class were given the option to come to the SAJM in their school holiday – and every single child arrived. They were a dream group, being enthusiastic, engaged and engaging, and we agreed that they brought an outstanding end to a wonderful week of holiday visits. Now, we are looking forward in Level One to having our regular school groups back again!
In the last issue of the Chronicle we mentioned that many South Africans who work for Jewish organisations have little background knowledge of the community in which they work. We once again invite all Cape Town’s Jewish organisations to give their staff the opportunity. as Glendale did, to visit us and discover our fascinating stories and characters.
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