Bloemfontein schools commemorate Youth Month

Project leader, Pinky Mokemane, Moiloa Shampoo Shai, an Arts and Culture teacher from Reamohetse Articon, ⁠Howard Ndaba, Free State Department of Education: Communications Head, Ratolo Tsietso Maria, Arts and Culture teacher from Reamohetse Articon. PHOTO: Blackmonkvisuals

The Driving Education Culture: Legacy Drama Challenge is an initiative organised for Youth Month by the Chinese Consulate General in Johannesburg.

It is aimed at commemorating the similar histories of Chinese and South African youth in their struggles against aggression. In this year’s competition, three of the top 50 schools are proudly from Bloemfontein.

The competition challenges learners from Grades 7 to 12 to showcase their artistic talents through short videos.

The project leader, Pinky Mokemane, mentioned that these videos reflect the learners’ interpretations of resilience and progress, and are aimed at strengthening the relationship between China and South Africa.

“Mrs Antoinette Sithole, sister of the late Hector Pieterson and a prominent figure in South Africa’s history, is a key supporter of the competition. She will be attending the awards ceremony on 4 July to engage with the learners and share her inspirational story,” Mokemane said.

Mokemane confirmed the schools from Bloemfontein are Grassland Primary School, Heatherdale Secondary School, and Dr Blok High School. Zane Muller, the creative director for Heatherdale Secondary School, mentioned the students have deeply felt the impact of June 16.

“Our inspiration for the challenge stemmed from thorough research and reflection on the significance of June 16 and Hector Peterson’s legacy,” Muller concluded.

An educator from Dr Blok High School, Bruce Brown, said his students were thrilled about the possible prize money but as soon they started researching, the inspiration grew and everything became more memorable as he witnessed how positively this affected them.

Lefa Litsoane, a teacher at Grassland Primary School, expressed seeing his students formulate their concept for the drama challenge was the best for him.

“We gave the learners a history lesson on what happened on 16 June 1976 to make sure they understand what this actually means,” Litsoane mentioned.

The Chinese Consulate General sponsored transportation for the three schools to attend the winners’ announcement in Johannesburg.

Abigail Visagie