Educational projects and programmes 2013/2014
Purpose: To present the development of Afrikaans, the varieties of the language, and its character in a modern context so that learners can understand that Afrikaans is indeed a living, growing language that is constantly adapting to the modern world.
- The educational programmes are curriculum based, interactive and aimed at cultural diversity and multilingualism.
General school visits
- The Taalmuseum is open for school visits from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 16:00 and the Taalmonument from Monday to Sunday also between 09:00 and 16:00.
- An educational visit consists of a museum and/or monument tour related to a specific theme with a worksheet for each learner.
- The entrance fee at the museum and the monument alike is R2,00 per learner. A visit to the Taalmuseum and the Taalmonument together will therefore cost R4,00 per learner.
- Booking is essential.
21 February, International Mother Language Day:
- The day aims to promote multilingualism worldwide and to bring about greater understanding and tolerance of differing language and cultural traditions.
- Furthermore, the focus will be on the origin and importance of Mother Language Day as well as its role in the South African context, especially in the light of the multilingual status of our country.
March, National Water Week:
- In celebration of National Water Week, the Afrikaanse Taalmonument will be hosting a programme on Tuesday, 19 March 2013, relating to Water Week.
- This program aims to bring home to learners that South Africa’s water sources are limited.
- The focus will furthermore fall on the importance of water and on saving it as well as on the fact that we shouldn’t pollute the water.
- The programme is run in collaboration with CapeNature who will lead the presentation.
- The programme is aimed at Grade 5 learners.
18 May, International Museum Day:
- This day was established by the International Committee of Museums (ICOM) to raise awareness of the important role that museums play in society. This year the theme is “Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change”. With our International Museum Day programme we will endeavour to awaken learners to language as a powerful instrument for conserving our tangible and intangible heritage. Learners will be informed about Afrikaans in all it facets in a practical, interactive and interesting manner.
- This year’s programme with schools takes place on 21, 22 and 23 May 2013.
5 June, World Environment Day in collaboration with CapeNature
- Theme: “Look at your Environment”.
- The purpose of this programme is to introduce learners to the ecosystem and especially to look at the relationship of human beings with nature, especially with regard to fire-raising, water pollution, saving water and global warming.
- The programme is presented in collaboration with CapeNature.
- Purpose: To cultivate a culture of reading, to stimulate a love of books and to create an environment where learners feel at home among books.
- Target market: Mainly aimed at schools in rural areas, and especially schools in communities in need of reading, where there is a shortage of reading facilities, where there are no libraries and that are situated far from libraries.
National Library Week, 17 to 24 March 2013
- As part of the reading project of the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument (ATM), National Library Week is being held in collaboration with the libraries of Saron and Gouda.
- The aim of the ATM’s reading project is to cultivate a culture of reading, to stimulate a love of books and to create an environment where children feel at home among books.
- During this library week, we therefore hope to succeed in reaching this objective.
- A poetry and prose writing competition took place at the respective libraries.
- This was be preceded by the presentation of workshops to hone learners’ skills.
- A special programme for adults took place on 20 March. The guest speaker is the writer and poet Diana Ferrus.
Writing competition in collaboration with the Huguenot Memorial School
Project name: Skerpskryf in Afrikaans
- Skerpskryf is a creative writing competition in Afrikaans for Afrikaans learners of Drakenstein and is being run by the board of trustees of the Hugenot Memorial School in Dal Josaphat, in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument in Paarl. The Hugenot Memorial School was the first school in South Africa where children officially received tuition in Afrikaans.
- Three winners will be announced who will respectively receive one of the following prizes: R2 000 cash plus a gift voucher of R1 000 for an Afrikaans book, R1 000 cash plus a gift voucher of R1 000 for an Afrikaans book and R500 cash plus a gift voucher of R500 for an Afrikaans book. The school of each winner will also receive a gift voucher of R500 for an Afrikaans book.
- The competition is open to Gr. 10, Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 learners. They must write a newspaper article of between 400 and 500 words in Afrikaans on any subject of their choice. It can be about a sporting match, a school function, a concert, a bazaar, a speech listened to or any other event attended inside or outside of school.
- The closing date is 30 April 2013.
- Learners can hand in their entries at their Afrikaans teachers or submit it to Catherine Snel or Janine September at the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum at 11 Pastorie Avenue, Paarl. Mss Snel and September may also be contacted at tel. 021 872 3441 for more detail.
16 June, Youth Day Programme in collaboration with the Robben Island Museum
18 July, Mandela Day