Central to the Museum’s vision & mission is education.
There are over 300 000 people living in 45 000 households in 117 villages, just to the east of the Waterberg Mountains, within the Waterberg Biosphere, and many thousands more throughout. Many of the children within these communities have never seen a clean river let alone a rhino. An average of 3 000 children from these communities passed through the “old” Waterberg Museum each year.
The Waterberg Living Museum provides a unique facility for kids to visit and learn about nature and the environment.
The aim of the Kids to Museum programme is for school groups from the local Waterberg schools especially the rural schools to visit the Waterberg Living Museum for a day. Schools participate on a programme where they learn about the museum exhibits as well as environmental education topics and other school curriculum subjects from environmental educators Sekwhiri Langa and Moji Kitsi (educator from the WEAP programme of Welgevonden Game Reserve).
As part of the package lunch, refreshments and transport are included. School group vary in size from 8 or 10 children to up to 20 at a time. This is because of Covid protocols, and transport. Many of the children / schools will never get these type of experiences unless funding can be raised specifically for it.
Feedback from the kids and teachers alike has been extremely positive – with the report back saying it has been tremendously helpful with subjects that are difficult to teach only in the classroom, and the teachers have expressed they want to be able to carry on bringing groups to the Museum.
730 children from rural area of Bakenburg and the local township Lesideng (Vaalwater) have visited the museum in 2021. This was made possible by generous donors including Marataba Community and Conservation Fund via Save the Waterberg Rhino.
The Department of Education have also visited the museum and have given their support and endorsement.
As one child put it; “Seeing for the first time the lifelike exhibits and having someone explain it was far more than a book could ever achieve or a teacher trying to explain it within four walls”.
Special thanks to,
Save the Waterberg Rhino and, Welgevonden Environmental Awareness Programme
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
We are a non-profit, South African Museum Association registered as a Natural and Cultural History Museum
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