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Mandela Day creative kids competition

Mandela sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site near Howick. Picture: Ashim D'silva on Unsplash

On Wednesday, July 1, the #MandelaDay “Get Creative” competition was launched by the Apartheid Museum, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.

The aim is to provide a platform for pupils to express how they feel about Madiba in a medium that best fits their personality – either poetry, prose, dance or an original short story. The two institutions are calling on all applicants to spend 60 seconds on their performance – one second for nearly every year of Mandela’s 67 years of service to his country.

The competition is open to all ages – from Grade 1 to Grade 12, and prizes will be awarded to the four best performances.

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To enter, all you need to do is post your entry on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok. Use the #apartheidmuseum and tag the Apartheid Museum and the Nelson Mandela Capture Site so that your entry will be found. Make sure to include your name, age and grade in the description of your post.

A prize will be awarded to the best performance from each of the following categories:
* Grade 1 – Grade 4
* Grade 5 – Grade 7
* Grade 8 – Grade 10
* Grade 11 – Grade 12

“Each prize is a hamper made up of goodies from our museum shop,” says education officer, Georgie Griffin. “The hamper includes hoodies, T-shirts, books and more. There are loads of goodies up for grabs so be brave and send us your entry!”

“You can enter on your own or with a group of friends. The judges are looking for unique, original performances that show an understanding of our late, great president and an awareness of some of the challenges our country is still facing today,” explains Griffin.

Connect with pupils

Both the Apartheid Museum and the Nelson Mandela Capture Site have had to close their doors because of Covid-19 which has meant that educational programmes and school tours have been placed on hold. The two museums are keen to connect with pupils in the digital space.

“We hope that by engaging with you on platforms such as Instagram and TikTok, we can encourage the youth of South Africa to investigate their country’s history in a way that is fun and exciting” Griffin explains.

* The competition will run from 1 – 18 July 2020.
* Each entry must use the hashtag #apartheidmuseum. Make sure you are following on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss the announcement of the winners!
* The competition will award prizes to pupils across all age groups.
* No late entries will be accepted as the winners will be announced on #MandelaDay – 18 July 2020.
* The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondences will be entered into.
* The competition is neither a project nor a school assignment and is open to pupils from Grades 1 to 12.

**For more info: contact Georgie Griffin at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site at 078 604 8364 or e-mail

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