Nooitgedacht students, teachers and families united on 3 November for a day of fun and cultural activities at Lion Park for the school’s cultural fun day.
Children and their families celebrated the school’s cultural diversity with food, music, and activities from different cultures.
The event’s purpose was to bring the community together and to raise funds, said grade five English teacher Neo Tlhagale-Molefe.
“We just want to bring the community together,” she said. “We want to showcase the cultural diversity that we have at our school and raise funds at the same time. It is really important for our kids to learn and understand their culture. We want to continue with such activities to build good relationships with the community,” she said.
The school has students from different countries with different cultural backgrounds, Tlhagale-Molefe added. The school’s cultural diversity ranges from whites to blacks with some students coming from countries like Nigeria, DR Congo, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. The community members were invited along to the celebration with many of them taking part in the dancing and cultural activities.
The fundraising event was meant to take the school to another level, said Paul Chatindo, who teaches grade seven students.
“We are trying to raise funds so that we keep the school going,” Chatindo said. “With those kinds of funds, we can do the feeding scheme for our kids. Some of our students come from informal settlements and they do not have money.”
The cultural part of the event serves as a reminder of where people come from, Chatindo added. the cultural dances that students showcased are examples of what they learn at home.
“We have so many different cultures at our school, and we are learning a lot” said Cleopatra Mwale, one of the grade six students. “I think it is a good thing to see other people’s cultures because you can understand them better.”