Heritage Day Celebration at Charles Duna Primary School

Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on September 24.  On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.  Because school was closed for the Spring Break on September 24, Charles Duna held its Heritage Day celebration on October 03.

Under the leadership of Mr. Mfunda, with us (Study Abroad Interns) as Project Managers, the 7th Graders created and presented a Heritage Day Celebration, where they honored the culture heritage of the India people, San people and the Xhosa people.

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Jaimee was the Project Manager for the India people.

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Amber was the Project Manager for the Xhosa people.

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i was the Project Manager for the San people.

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Former students of Charles Duna came and performed at the celebration.

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Even the 4th Graders dressed for the occasion.

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Me and the San people

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Heritage Day – September 24

Today is Heritage Day in South Africa, which is a public holiday in which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.  Since it was a holiday and most things were closed, we spent the holiday in a day of service at Jerusalem; an orphanage for children. 179 182 183 184 185 The Center is owned and ran by Mama Vinqi and her husband. 191 The children are taught by Nobum, who prepares them for Grade R (Readiness) 206 186 188 189 198 200 Prof (as Dr. Murphy is known in South Africa) gave the children a lesson on animals 215 213 The children sang their National Anthem to us and we sang nursery rhymes with them. 216 219 220 221 We helped Mama Vinqi prepare lunch and we ate with them. 208 211 225 226 227 228 Nisha, a member of our group, celebrated her 21st Birthday on this date.  We had a birthday cake for her and the children sang “Happy Birthday” to her. 115 187 229 230 195 202 203

Their Cat

Their Bathroom

Their Garden

Mama Vinqi and Prof

When we left the children were playing outside

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