Literacy Day Competition in Nquthu; select learners read poetry in Zulu and English, recited motivational speeches and sang gospel and Mariah Carey songs. (“Hero” by Mariah Carey will never be the same again.) We didn’t win any categories, but the learners had fun and tried!
Yearly field trip to Ncome Museum — a Battlefields history museum at Blood River where the 1838 Boer-Zulu war took place.
Unveiling ceremony for my sister’s baby girl Noxolo. On August 28th, 2012, my sister Munu had a miscarriage and was about seven months pregnant with Noxolo. The family buried Noxolo at her boyfriend’s property in our village. The “unveiling ceremony” is when everyone gathers, prays and the tombstone is exposed to the public for the first time. This ritual ensures that the deceased is at peace and welcomed by the ancestors. In Zulu culture, a goat is always slaughtered the night before. The day-of entails lots of signing, praying and then individuals say a few words about the person and place money on the tombstone.
Educators and learners working on literacy day poster
Snejabulo (right) representing our school in a crossword puzzle contest
Literacy Day posters
Sphamandla enjoys wearing my coffee stained backpack
Grade 5 – 7 participants at literacy day competition – we were all very proud of them!
Snothando and her guitar for her “South African Idols” performance
Grade 5 class picture
Getting ready for the field trip!
Chaperoning the grade 5 taxi
Young, wild and free
Tour guide explaining Zulu-Boer War in Zulu
Viewing Blood River
I love when learners take my camera and take really cool pictures like this. Celemusa lookin fly.
Miss Molefe loving the exhibits
Zinhle, Nompilo and Nolwazi
Isitwaba made out of cow skin
Miss Molefe proudly pointing to her Sotho culture
Nqobile strikin a pose
The field trip was exhausting to say the least…
A day out of the village!
Beginning of unveiling ceremony
Unveiling Noxolo’s tombstone
Blessing the grave
Gogo Skhosana saying a few words
Translate along the lines of : sleep well, we will always remember you