Help pupils with cultural tour

Pictured in front of the mural they painted for Mandela Day, from left are, Mogamad Allie Petersen, Stacey van Rheede, Emihle Sopazi, and Jamie- Lee Senter.

Bonteheuwel High School pupils have the opportunity to tour the Netherlands next year but they need your help getting there.

This forms part of the Global Exploration programme which is based in the Netherlands. The programme allows for youth to visit a foreign country and learn about its cultural differences and lifestyle.

This is the second year that the school has been part of the programme and is the first school in South Africa to be invited over to the Netherlands.

The trip will cost R10 000 for each of the eight pupils, who are all in Grade 11.

The school will also be taking eight youth from Langa to join them on the trip, according to school principal Nicola Pather.

She said in June this year high school pupils from the Netherlands came to South Africa and visited the school where they befriended pupils and learnt about various cultures and housing dynamics.

The group also visited the St Francis Home in Zwartdam, where they helped to revitalise the home by painting the walls. Part of their tour was visits to different clinics and townships as well.

“We are all excited for this trip because it will broaden their knowledge and they will learn about so many different things. At the moment many pupils only know Bonteheuwel and have never been out of Cape Town, or South Africa,” Ms Pather said.

The group is set to leave on January 9 2019.

Emihle Sopazi, said she is very excited to go as she has never been abroad.

“I am excited to learn about new things such as different cultures and see how they live over there,” she said.

Jamie- Lee Senter agreed and said there are many differences between cultures and religions and she would like to learn more about it.

“There are so many things that are legal there but it is illegal here and vice versa. I am so excited to see what it is all about,” she said.

Mogamad Allie Petersen said: “I am so excited about the diversity we will experience and all the new friends we will make. When we get back hopefully we will be able to teach our pupils about it,” he said.

If you want to contribute to the trip, call 084 281 3436.