Sunday, November 8, 2009
AFRICA VIEWS - A HOUR PANEL DISCUSSION ON TIME TRAVEL AND HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION ON 30 OCTOBER 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
- Brian Dube and Lindani Mzotho for their support , flexibility, availability of resources from Ugu District municipality. This includes financing of the project, water, tents, toilets over the 3 days.
- Brian - Boat Man-- for 3 days at no costs , usage of his barge ( above) delivery goods for the start of the Time Travel
- Ebbe, Helen, Meg and Laila for the leadership , direction and total commitment to our community. ( Kalmer Lans Museum)
- OSAK for all your support- Sven Ake, Laila and Tormod Nesset for always placing us above all, for believing in our ability to deliver, including financial support.
- Andrew Naidoo - for ensuring the goods were delivered daily on time. For all your support and willingness to help at any hour of the day.
- Provincial Museum Service: Mark Sole, Dolly Khumalo and Mark Coghlan-- for support and all the research.
- Dr Vahed of UKZN - for your professional inputs.( co-author - " Inside Indenture")
- The 3 participating schools: Marburg Seconday, Nobamaba and Merlewood Secondary - for the total support and willingness to work beyond the call of duty-a total dedication.
- Educators: Joe Venter, Prem , Johan Buys, Silvy Ragoobar, Prenesen, Dinah,Yugesh,,Judy, Radha, Marlene, Sizwe and Thembi of the 3 schools - for committment and working together united-- a recipe for future integration programme/s
- Pauline Duncan, Tilana, Christa, Dell and other twinning members for support , assistance and encouragement.
- Marion Wessels - for your help with research.
- Penny and Sipho of Port Shepstone Museum Service -- the museum turned into a warehouse, meeting place , including research.
- HCM for clearing of site.
- Illovo Sugar Mill - for cash donation of R1200.00 and delivery of sugar cane on 3 days.
- The business houses in Port Shepstone-- for delivery on time.
- Minister of Arts and Culture , Ms Thusi for making the time to meet with us and acknowledging the huge impact of this method in documenting our history and contributing to our heritage.
- Howard Msomi and his drama group from Umzumbe -- for your participation and support.
- Mr Sibaya and his colleagues Department of Education. For acceptance of this method , for your time in making two presentation and acceptance of this learning method.
- Ravi Pillay -- for guidance, resources and assistance.
- Cookie Reddy and Thirushini - for supporting this project ( 150 years committee of indentured labourers)
- The Fever - for publicity
I learnt to speak freely and encourage myself to stand up for what’s right and what I believe in.
I learnt that fighting does not solve problems but causes more problems than solutions.
The dancing in a circle was fantastic, Indian dance and Zulu dance. We threw away all our differences aside and got into a trance.
This is something I will never forget.
Make Time Travel available to everyoneWe should never be afraid to speak up and share our opinions.
It was exciting when we gathered to eat and we raised our opinions about the poll tax and what was happening during the time.
Ilearnt to respect other race groups.
The Time Travel changed me from being an Indian to be a Zulu.
It is more fun to communicate with people than playing with technology the whole da
I want to take part in a Time Travel every Friday.
I really liked the tasty food.The time travel education was a great experience for me and for my mates.“
“I’m a different person after the time travel/ roleplay.”
I have a lot more self-confidence after the Time Travel.”
“The best of all is that I now communicate better with others than before”
The Time Travel has taught me to appreciate this historical area because there is a long story in the place
It learnt me respect myself and the other around me, it gave me courage"
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
- We started our journey with a visit to Soderhamn, a PSTA linked project. It was well worth this visit, a greater understanding of the interest that is widespread. This co-operation shall be supported and strengthen in the interest of future development in various fields. Soderhamn is planning a delegation to Port Shepstone in August. View report at: http://www.swedensapartnership.blogspot.com/
- SIDA CONFERENCE: It was interesting to note that international/ foreign issues and concerns are very much part of the educational curriculum in Sweden. The conference , in my opinion was a huge success in that it clarified current foreign policies. Although there appears to be a decrease in funding to developing countries, the people of Sweden know how important this co-operation is and must lobby with Government to strengthen this co-operation. Global warming, poverty and hunger cannot be ignored and issues surrounding democracy, HIV/Aids, gender and the present downtrend in the economy affects all. It is a responsibility of mankind to PAY IT FORWARD to future generation. In addition, our joint facilitation on Time Travel together with Bo and Linda, with us from SA ( Port Shepstone)Nicaragua and Uganda was a demonstration on how well we worked together. Olof Palme's legacy shall always be remembered.
- Oskarshamn Visit: A week end visit to Oskarshamn demonstrated the strength of our twinning relationship. (Blogged,below). A mind blowing, emotional experience that will forever be remembered. To be respected, loved for who you are irrespective of gender, race or position and to be equally accepted is the foundation of this unique relationship.
- Reports received indicated that the Presentation at Oskarshamn Commune meeting by the Oskarshamn Ambassador in Port Shepstone ( Gulshera)was positively received. It is documented in Oskarshamn Commune newsletter which is available on the net. This long relationship with Hibiscus Coast Municipality must continue in the best interest of both towns. This is an indicator for co-operation in development of towns and meeting community needs jointly by NGOs ( civil) and Govt. Institutions.
- Time Travel: The experience in participating in 2 Time Travel activities further prepared us for our first Time Travel in Port Shepstone. It was clear that history is well documented in developed countries, history has to be researched in others and history documented from one perspective needs revisiting. Even within South Africa the process and progress differed vastly. In Port Shepstone, we will depend largely on our Museum Services, (Mark Sole) to undertake further research. In addition, the schools are involved in documenting oral history, the period 1900- 1930. Our first Time Travel will take place in October 2009. The TT committee has much work and will have to be focused in months preceding our first Time Travel activity. Delegateswill report at the next twinning AGM. Educators shall submit individual reports to their respective schools.
- Please visit the WAY FORWARD for Port Shepstone Time Travel by EBBE- at the end/ or beginning of this blog. Scrawl right down.
- Global Supplement: Our exposure to this programme, meeting and participating with the students in Time Travel clarified the programme content. It is always good to work with Bo. He and 6 students will participate in our Time Travel, live with families in Bhobhoyi and Marburg. Swedish students will attend school in school uniform (Nobamba and Marsec), and there might be a possible weekend stay in a deep rural community. The students will document their specific individual assignment for their final year school project.There is much preparation to be made in order for this project to materialise simultaneously with Time Travel and Global School Project. At the same time, Linda will take her students to Uganda.
- Folkbilding: A new concept to us in SA. Andy, chairman of SASCA will link up with other participants in SA. SASCA will co-ordinate this project . A concept to be investigated and promoted.
In total, our trip to Sweden was intense and most empowering. We were exposed to every aspect of Port Shepstone's Twinning relationship with Sweden. Our every needs was attended to. Like always, we were made to feel very special and important. Our appreciation to every person from Soderhamn to Oland, including the entire delegation is thanked for every effort in making this trip most memorable. Time management, cooperation and commitment is the " key" to ensuring prefect co-ordination.
Comments and additions are welcomed.
Gulshera Khan - Time Travel Co-ordinator
On a personal note, many are thanked, from Tormod, Bo, Laila, Gunnar, Sven Ake, Linda, Ebbe, Helen and many others that helped with my trauma of the lost (stolen) passport and other essentials. This is what twinning is about. A caring programme.
N.B. THIS IS THE OFFICIAL REPORT.
There were many speakers, including Tormod on Twinning. It was interesting to note that Port Shepstone / OSAK relationship was the spring board and link for most contacts in SA, including Folkbilding in Western Cape, not forgetting Time Travel and Global School Journey. Bo Carlsson from ABF concentrated on Study Circle, as a teaching method and traced the history and development of Study Circle in Sweden. Staffan Roselius, University of Linskopping " Training Centre for Folk High School Teaches elaborated further on Folkbilding.
Ebbe focussed on Time Travel as a teaching method and enlightened the spread of Time Travel in 14 countries, hence the Bridging Ages Committee. The last conference was held in Western Cape. This years conference will take place in Finland. The latest country to be involved is Turkey.
In the afternoon, we departed to Kalmar where we met with the students that are participating in Global Supplement. The programme was evaluated. The students displayed a keen interest and is being well orientated by Linda and Bo. Bo will come to Port Shepstone in October and at the same time Linda will take her students to Uganda.
We had dinner together with Global Supplement participating schools - both educators and students. Port Shepstone delegation presented gifts to each and every person present.
N.B. It was further discussed to find creative ways of interchange with Uganda . Students will live with families.
19 May 2009
There were additional participants from Olof Palme and university institutes. We learnt that there are 44 projects by Olof Palme Centre in Soouthern Africa and the future is a concern in terms of continuation. SIDA is the key funder and rules and regulations in place are the guidelines to be followed.
It is interesting to note the keen interest in our country and development. A vibrant discussion during the morning session on the way forward. It was agreed that SA delegates meet on their own and develop our way forward.
This meeting was chaired by Joe. It was finally agreed that we link up with SASCA-(South African Study Circle Association) of which the chairperson, Andy was also a delegate. He was mandated to incorporate Folkbilding in the SASCA constitution, accept leadership and co-ordinate Folkbilding in SA. Time frame for feedback and progress is July 2009.
Late afternoon: It was an interesting session to listen to individuals input and evaluation. There was an overwhelming positive outcome with a definite YES to continue with future co-operation.
The evening of a wonderful gathering of many that were involved in the project. Sven Ake, Laila, Joppe and his wife, Emma from the museum, including the museum's president had all attended the Farewell Function- with music food and dance. A wonderful gathering for future Time Travel-- perhaps in 2050.
While the rest of the delegation visited Oland School and made presentation. They also visited a restaurant operated by the hotel school students. At 3pm Gulshera joined the delegation at Joppe's school. Jointly with the Ugandan delegation ( John and Stephen) attended a brilliant history lesson by Joppe.
Accomodation were with families, from Thursday until Sunday. Sizwe at Bo's home. Prenesen and Joe with Ingemu and Gulshera with Joppe's home for 2 nights and weekend with Ingemo. A further exposure to personal lifestyle, interesting discussions and time for oneself.
Friday 15- Visit to Lars Kagg Skolan. A fruitful meeting with Carl Peter Linden, the school principal. He presented the school's activities and programmes. We participated in lessons in Linda's class, visited the media centre- a project between this institution and ESayidi FET in Gamalakhe.
Saturday afternoon, back to Kalmer, meeting in town ( garden at Linda's accommodation) with Global Supplement students. Discussed future planning of the project both in Uganda and Port Shepstone. Gulshera joined Joe and Prenesen at Ingemo home.
Sunday: Morning shopping for family. During the afternoon,the entire delegation ( 2 countries) met again in front of Kalmer Castle and were led by our co-ordinators : Ebbe, Helen, Linda, Bo, Ingemu. A quick tour of the castle. Kalmar is an old city. Kalmar Castle is the visual image and symbol of Kalmar. There were many wars with the Danish. For further reference, read " The castle of Kalmarsund" by Anders Johansson.
A visit to the cemetery where we only located Sara's daughters grave. We were further exposed to old buildings of Kalmer. An afternoon trip to other time travel sites that have been reconstructed.
Much preparation before the Time Travel is undertaken -a mammoth responsibility.
Mr Forssman needs forty people to go with him, but only the best and the fittest will do. He started a business in the town of Potchefstroom, in SA. If you want a better life, Potchefstroom was the place. The contract was for 3 years. He asked the British Consulate and a rep from the Transvaal to inform about the situation in SA. They sent 45 people to give this information. Some people think that this might be a chance to get away from the harsh life as a farm hand or a maid in Kalmer. On this day, anyone that is interested can get a free health examination. He would not accept criminals, disabled persons but only those that can work hard and have skills such as blacksmith, woodwork, girls can do textile,cook and clean. People were curios about SA. There were many questions, like living conditions etc.
Mr. Forssman brought two Black ladies to Kalmer. No one ever had seen a black person before. How do they look, feel etc. There being much povery in Sweden during this period. All interested had to sign up for the expedition"
Evaluation in the afternoon at the museum. Some Comments:
Above: Marlon from Nicarangua as jovial and positive as always.
The presentation at Oskarshamn was at 6pm. It was a rush , drive back to Oskarshamn after the days event. John and Stefan from Uganda were compasssionateand supportive.
A short hour back to our accomodation before dinner at Laila's place.
In all, the week end at Oskarshamn was packed with " TIME TRAVEL" activity. Much appreciated and dear to us in Twinning.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
We were taken to the Olof Palme Centre, where we were united with the entire delegation from SA (Andre, Andrew,Andy, Vanessa and Fanie), Nicaragua- .Marlon and Ugandans-John and Stephen Gunnar Alderstam was the other co-ordinator. We were introduced to the Olof Palme Centre's activities, being a major funder to the twinning project over 15 years.
We enjoyed pizza for dinner and accommodation was the Scanic Hotel in Stockholm.
Thursday / Friday 7 and 8 May 2009
The group was divided - The Sheppie , Nicaragua and Uganda delegates were involved in the SIDA Conference. The other delegation from Western Cape and Potch (SA) had joined Gunnar and were exposed to Folkbilding and museums.
Thursday morning, -up early and taken to SIDA Centre, there we met with a huge delegation from Uganda. We went immediately into preparation with Bo and Linda for the Time Travel workshops that we jointly undertaken.
There were approx. 250 delegates to the conference, mostly educators. Marlon and Gulshera was joined by a representative from Uganda, made presentation on their educational experience and history from a developing country perspective. A nervous experience seated in presence of many and answering questions from the floor.
The presentation by Minister Gunilla Carlsson - Swedish Foreign Ministry gave us an insight of Sweden's work at international level, including funding. However, it would appear that funding from SIDA will be reduced to SA and Nicaragua.The various presentations: Education in the world today, personal experiences, Global School Programme, the various small workshops were an enlightening experience.
Friday afternoon, we were jointed by the other delegation and visited the Vaasa Museum -On 10 August 1968. the Vaasa set sail on her maiden voyage and sank in the harbour. The wreck was salvaged in 1961 . The ship was restored to 95%. Today, the museum is an international tourist attraction.
Saturday morning: Ready for departure to Oskarsham. Gulshera packed and at breakfast went to fetch her tea and within that minute , her bag- a few steps away was stolen. A shock to all, with the knowledge that Sweden is rather a safe country. A lady from Iceland was an eye witness and identified the suspect in the hotel camera that was handed to the police.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
As usual, Pauline wishing the delegation Bon Voyage. Much Appreciated.