MAROPENG TO SHOW EDUCATORS THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR LOCAL HERITAGE AT AFRICAN EDUCATION WEEK EXHIBITION
The African Education Week Exhibition will be taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 2 -4 July 2012. Maropeng, the official visitor’s centre to the Cradle of Humankind, will be one of the exhibitors and has the unique task of showcasing the wealth of local heritage it plays guardian to and the importance of this in understanding the history of humanity.
“Just a short 45-minute drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, the Cradle of Humankind is one of only eight World Heritage sites in South Africa and the only one in Gauteng, declared so because of its contribution to our understanding of humanity. More than 1000 hominid fossils have been found in the 47 000 hectares area – more than any other place on Earth,” says Tony Rubin, Managing Director of Maropeng. “Learners of all ages should pay it a visit to not only learn about their ancestors and this important heritage right on their doorsteps but also how to care for their home planet now and into the future.”
At Maropeng learners can explore the world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves, and discover not only the wonderful world of our past but what the future may hold at the interactive Maropeng Visitor Centre. “The underground boat ride is always a hit with learners, and we have gone to great lengths to ensure that our educational displays are not only informative but fun too. Learners will also have the opportunity to view real fossil displays which are a good way of bringing the history of our ancestors to life,” adds Rubin.
Resource packs, available to schools and given to teachers to use as guides, will enhance the learner’s Cradle experience ensuring the excursion is educational, interactive and fun. The curriculum-linked resource pack is brimming with fascinating and practical educational material such as worksheets and suggested activities. Samples of these packs will be available to educators at the exhibition allowing them to prepare learners before they visit the Cradle of Humankind, and to give them follow-up assignments afterwards.
“The pack is carefully integrated with the South African education curriculum, and has been endorsed by the National Department of Education. Learners at any level, studying any learning area and field, will be able to engage with appropriate content in the exhibitions. It has been specifically designed for teachers to structure their own educational excursion in order to gain the most possible from their experience,” comments Rubin.
Hominid house at Maropeng offers comfortable budget accommodation for school, sporting and tour groups. The four dormitory-style rooms sleep up to 120 children or adults with separate communal bathrooms for boys and girls. Guides, teachers and leaders are accommodated in neatly appointed single rooms. Meals are served in the public dining area and packed lunches can be arranged on request. Sporting equipment is provided for activities like volleyball, table tennis, basketball and mini-cricket. A slip and slide is a popular activity during the summer months and this too can be arranged through Maropeng.
“There is also the option of additional educational and fun activities for learners such as star gazing, and other outdoor activities such as a specialised tour with a scientist or a tour to an excavation site. So, educators round up your learners and bring them to the Cradle of Humankind for an exciting adventure!” concludes Rubin.
Harry the hominid, Maropeng’s official mascot, will be at the Maropeng stand to meet and greet visitors as well as provide information on the many educational offerings available to learners. To book your 2012 class outing or find out more about the educational tours on offer visit Maropeng’s stand at the conference, or alternatively go to www.maropeng.co.za.
COMPILED ON BEHALF OF MAROPENG BY CATHY FINDLEY PUBLIC RELATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT NICOLLE KAIRUZ ON (011) 463 6372 OR NICOLLE@FINDLEYPR.CO.ZA.