Presently the Phansi Museum hosts trips from learners from Ethekwini and surrounds. It is apparent from these visits that many of the new generation of learners have become distanced from their cultural heritage and customs. Tradition has slowly been lost through the generations. If there is awareness, it is often superseded by aspiration to western (specifically American) values.
Traditional culture is seen as backward and inferior.
The goal of hosting school trips is not just to educate learners, but to inspire them and instill a sense of pride. Learners leave the museum with a new or renewed excitement in their
Every year the museum sends out invitations to schools throughout Ethekwini and surrounds. There has been a great response. In 2010 the museum hosted over 1000 schoolchildren from
According to the department of education there are 6271 schools in KZN. The museum can presently afford to send out 100 invitations every year. Of these invites sent, most schools are unable to visit the museum due to lack of funds. Transport is unaffordable to schools on already stretched budgets, and parents cannot afford to cover the cost.
Because of this situation, a valuable resource of cultural education has become inaccessible.
This program would enable previously disadvantaged children from Ethekwini and surrounds to visit the museum.
It would also aim to train school leavers from these communities to assist with the program and enable them to enter the tourism industry .
This cultural initiative will provide tomorrow’s generation with an awareness of the value of South Africa’s cultural heritage. The benefits of this will be felt well into our country’s future.