• December 01, 2011

What could be more exciting for a learner than seeing the display of their ancestors clutching pre-historic weapons or listening to the sad tale of the extinct dodo? The hands-on, multi-sensory approach that Maropeng has taken to teach learners about the history of humankind and other pertinent topics has been highly successful and should be a must on the tour schedule of every school. 

Lindsay Marshall, the Curator at Maropeng, seeks to bring the wonders of the research in the Cradle of Humankind to life for the learners. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in archaeology and social anthropology, honours degree in archaeology, and post-graduate diploma in heritage studies has given her a wealth of knowledge and certainly qualifies her for the job.

The Maropeng visitor centre and Sterkfontein caves school tours teach learners about the birthplace of humanity through a world-class exhibition “Learners especially enjoy Maropeng’s under ground boat ride that takes them through the four classical elements of earth, fire, air and water. Through our National Department of Education endorsed curriculum-linked resource packs, teachers can prepare learners before their visit and give them follow-up assignments,” advises Marshall.

Marshall can be booked as a tour guide for personalised school tours and will take the learners through the centre, explaining in an exciting and in depth way about their heritage and making the complicated, scientific information easy to understand. Tours can also be customised to suit specific group requirements or special events such as World Heritage Day.

By staying at Hominid House, schools can spend a couple of days at Maropeng and immerse themselves in the world of the Cradle of Humankind. This dormitory-style facility can accommodate up to 120 learners and all bedding and crockery are provided. Meals and customised packed lunches can be arranged and fun sporting activities and equipment are offered.  

Other engaging activities such as stargazing with its resident astronomer can be arranged as well as tours through the Cooper’s Cave where learners can explore a cave, look for fossils and learn how to make stone tools.

“Our aim is to ignite learners’ creative spirit about their heritage so we can assist in crafting a new generation of scientists. Maropeng offers a fun, interactive learning experience that the children will be talking about for months after,” Marshall concludes.

For more information call us on (014) 577 9000 or visit the website on www.maropeng.co.za.

Issued for and on behalf of Maropeng by Cathy Findley Public Relations on (011) 463 6372 or email nicolle@findleypr.co.za

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