South African youth have gained a voice in society and it’s not likely to be ignored anytime soon. They are an active part of the country and will be the ones to drive South Africa forward long after today’s leaders have passed. Seeing as one of Mega Bus’ primary functions is transporting school children, we thought it well to offer you, their educators and mentors some suggestions on where to take them for fun learning this Youth Day.
Hector Pieterson Museum, Soweto
Located in Orlando West, Soweto, the Hector Pieterson Museum is by far the most relevant destination for any South African youth. The museum was built in memory of Hector Pieterson, who was shot dead at age 12 during the Soweto youth uprising on 16 June 1976 — which was to become National Youth Day. The museum was built about two blocks from where Pieterson was killed and opened in 2002 as one of the first museums in Soweto. The Hector Pieterson Museum project cost around R23,2 Million which was covered by donations from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and Johannesburg City Council respectively. The museum displays moving audio and visual material that give insight into events that led to the uprising as well as its aftermath.
Much like the Hector Pieterson Museum, Constitution Hill comes to life to tell the story of our country’s journey to democracy. Built on the site of a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past Constitution Hill is now home to the South African Constitutional Court. Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Joe Slovo, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and Fatima Meer, all served time at the fort.
Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind
At this world heritage site, youth can learn about the tender age of mankind beyond the scope of being South African. Just recently history was made when Professor Lee Berger and his team made several discoveries around Homo naledi, which suggests that modern humans are much younger than originally thought. When choosing this destination, an entire day may be needed as the Cradle of Humankind consists of many sites that help lace together the story of modern humankind.
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