And it’s a wrap! Durban Local History Museums are proud to have been a part of another successful Passbook Competition, which had its prizegiving ceremony last month! Ayanda Ngcobo, one of our dedicated Museum Officers, details below the various elements that made up this year’s competition:
The year started with the Educators Workshop where schools from various parts of eThekwini were invited to enter the competition and take advantage of the heritage institutions available in the outer parts of the city centre. This is also where the theme ‘25 Years of Democracy’ was presented to educators, which was well received. Over 150 educators were present, with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (KZNDoE) also being represented.
Following the workshop, educators started bringing learners to the museums for guided tours, with the assistance of the Area Based Management, who funded buses for 91% of the participating schools. Museum visits are compulsory for the competition; this is where learners are educated about the histories represented by our museums, how they are linked to their curriculum, and also how to interpret the theme, and what is expected of them for competition submissions. Submissions differ for each grade as the competition links museum education with the general history of South Africa and the learner’s CAPS curriculum. A total of 74 schools visited the museums between April and August as part of the competition. This is the greatest number of competition participants since its inception in 2013. The schools came from the following areas: Inanda; Ntuzuma; KwaMashu; Newlands East; Thongathi; Cato Ridge; Hammarsdale; New Germany; Isiphingo; Montclair; Umbilo; KwaNdengezi; Kwa Nyuswa; Clermont; and Umlazi.
In May schools were given an opportunity to audition for Abasha Bash (the performing arts component of the competition) by performing a skit based on the aforesaid theme. The turnout improved in comparison to the previous years, but only 21 schools were selected to compete in the Abasha Bash finals, which took place on the 11th June 2019. During this time, Durban Local History Museums also hosted a group of learners from Bremen, Germany, who also performed at Abasha Bash, and participated in other intercultural programmes. Partners and sponsors of the competition, such as K-Cap, the Bat Centre, Durban West Tourism Organisation (DWCTO), Arrow SA and the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany Durban, played important roles when we hosted the group.
At the end of August, submissions of the learners’ work from grades 4 to 11 were received. The submissions were adjudicated with the help of Arrow SA, KZNDoE, independent artists and an educator consultant.
At the prize giving ceremony, all of the participants from the various parts of the competition were commended for their participation and hard work. One of the main prizes, the award given to the winning schools for Abasha Bash, was sponsored by the DWCTO.
Great appreciation is owed to our sponsors and partners for all their support during the course of the competition, and we are grateful too for the dedication and commitment shown by educators and learners who ensured that the 2019 Passbook Competition was the success that it was.
The prize-giving ceremony was a great event with the Abasha Bash winning schools, Bright Future Special School and Imbaliyamazulu Primary School, gracing the audience with their performances.
It is anticipated that in 2020, the competition will grow even more!