Swaziland Museum - travel journal

Uneasy no settle customers are helping disadvantaged children from All Out Africa’s neighbourhood care points see specimens and artefacts at the Swaziland Museum, often for the first time in their lives.

Happy girl with her lunch
Our latest trip to the Swaziland Museum - 8th August 2017:
In total, 31 children visited the museum. They were from Bethany Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old along with six adults (two NCP teachers, one cooking lady, one volunteer and two All Out Africa supporting staff). The children saw lots of interesting historic objects including pictures of previous Prime Ministers in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
We have worked with our partner in Swaziland, All Out Africa, to devise a trip for children who attend the local Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) centres. These centres were started by local communities and most of the children who attend have lost a parent, or in some cases are orphaned. Traveling by minibus and stopping for lunch ensures a fun packed day out for the children, plus they see some of the local heritage sites that, too often, only tourists to their country have the privilege of viewing.

This Museum has an essential role in preserving past traditions and culture for future generations. In 1974 the International Council of Museums (ICOM) defined the museum as a "non-profit making institution in the service of society and of its development and open to the public" (ICOM 1974). The objectives of the Museum are:

  • To collect all natural and man-made objects that reflect both natural and cultural heritage of the Swazi and Southern African peoples;
  • To document all specimens and objects collected;
  • To conserve and preserve using the best means possible all items in the collection;
  • To exhibit for public information, materials in its collection;
  • To serve as an informal education forum for school groups, refugee camps and adult education centres.

The Museum was built in 1972. Two small rooms house the exhibition area. In 1986 a storage room, workshop, photography dark room and a temporary exhibition area was constructed. This area completes the ethnography section. In 1990, the government approved and funded the construction of the showroom and natural history wing. The showroom houses three royal cars used by King Sobhuza II.

Excited childrenLooking at phtoographs
SAMPLE ITINERARY OF SWAZILAND MUSEUM VISIT:

What the children can see:
  • Historic pictures and cars
  • Stuffed animals
  • Statues of the Late King Sobhuza II
  • Pictures of previous Prime Ministers in the Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Money notes that were used in the past
  • Pictures of the late King Sobhuza’s II wives
  • Pictures of the current King Mswati III
  • Pictures of the Queen Mother Ntombi Tfwala and our current Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini
  • An old telephone that was used a long time ago
  • The flag of the Kingdom of Swaziland with different colours

Some of our favourite parts of the day:
  • Seeing the historic cars
  • Seeing stuffed animals
  • Seeing the historic cars of the late King Sobhuza II and pictures

Historic cars
Chidlren listening
Quotes from the children
"I saw a stuffed snake and monkeys. I also saw the late King Sobhuza II’s statue and his cars and all cars were coloured black."
- Mfanukhona Manana

"I saw a picture of King’s Sobhuza’s II riding in one of his cars. I also saw a frog."
- Vezo Mavuso

"I was happy about the trip because it was my first time to go to the National Museum. I saw stuffed animals namely zebra, lion, birds and also got the chance to see the late King Sobhuza II statue."
- Langelihle Dlamini (age five)

"I was very happy on my first trip because we saw a lot of things. They showed us 'Sikhumbuto' (the remembrance light) of the late King Sobhuza II. I also saw a stuffed lion and zebra. I also enjoyed viewing the cars of the late King."
- Yenzokuhle Khumalo (age six)

"My kids were very excited about what they saw on their trip. The best thing and what they enjoyed most were the cars of the late King Sobhuza II. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!"
- Teacher Mgazi (teacher)

"I was happy with the trip. I saw a stuffed zebra, snake and baboon. I also saw the statue of the late King Sobhuza II. I was also excited when I saw the cars of the late King."
- Siphesihle Dalmini (age six)

"I saw a lion and zebra at the National Museum. We saw a man-made dam at the King Sobhuza II memorial. A soldier was asked to march in front of us, which was exciting."
- Thabani Kubheka (age six)

"They saw stuffed animals such as birds, lions, crocodile, snakes and zebras. The kids were also excited in seeing the King Sobhuza Memorial. The classic cars of the Late King Sobhuza II. As well as the pictures of the Late King Sobhuza II was also amazing."
- Teacher
Looking at statueWaving
Other trips that we have run to the Swaziland Museum:

Group by statue
3rd August 2017:
On this trip, 15 children from Nkhanini Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old visited the museum, plus six adults (including one NCP teacher, three cooking ladies, one volunteer and one All Out Africa supporting staff). Lihle Mamba, one of the children, said this about their day: "I saw a black snake, birds, lions and a crocodile. Saw King Sobhuza II four black cars and his huge statue."
children looking at stuffed animals
17th July 2017:
Today, 15 children from Mlindazwe Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old visited the museum, plus seven adults (including one NCP teacher, one teaching assistant, three cooking ladies, one volunteer and one All Out Africa supporting staff). Andiswa Dlamini (age six) said this about the trip: "The trip was successful and very exciting for me. I was very excited when I saw the cars of the late King Sobhuza II. When I grow up I want to have a similar car like the one I saw. I also enjoyed the food that we ate today."
Group of children
28th & 29th June 2017:
In total, 50 children (25 on each trip) from Ezulwini Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old visited the museum, plus eight adults (including one NCP teacher, one cooking lady, one volunteer and one All Out Africa supporting staff for each trip). Cebolenkosi Gamedze (age six) said this about their trip: "I was amazed with all the stuffed animals that I saw, namely a crocodile, snake, lizard and zebra. I was also happy to get the opportunity to view the pictures of the Late King Sobhuza II at the memorial Centre."
Group waving to the camera
23rd & 26th June 2017:
In total, 40 children (20 on each trip) from Ekuzukekeni Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old visited the museum, plus five adults (including one NCP teacher, two cooking ladies, one volunteer and one All Out Africa supporting staff). Ebony Dlamini (age five) said this about their day: "I saw lion, zebra, birds and women who were wearing Swazi Traditional clothes. We also sang for the nice ladies at the National Museum."
Happy group of children
16th June 2017:
On this trip, 20 children from Mvutjini Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old visited the museum, plus seven adults (including one NCP teacher, three cooking ladies, one volunteer and two All Out Africa supporting staff). A supporting teacher on this trip said this about their day: "The children's happiness and excitement is beyond words and for once my care point classroom attendance was full."
All Out Africa logoAbout our partner organisation:
All Out Africa is a social enterprise comprising of a group of companies and a non profit based in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. It caters for people looking for a wide variety of African experiences, from volunteering, tours, research, internships, and University field studies, whilst at the same time, building sustainable long term projects.

All Out Africa is serious about giving back to the community and the environment. That is why they set up a foundation to help expand and sustain their project development. This includes support to the six care centres for vulnerable children, a sports development program for local children and youth, community building projects, child sponsorship program to support vulnerable children at primary and high school levels to assist them with school requirements, and facilitate conservation research projects at the wildlife and marine research centres. All Out shares their passion for Southern Africa’s people, places and wildlife with the world and offers adventures that change lives.

Mural
Enjoying lunch
Walking to the next exhibit
Looking at the stuffed animals
 


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