PUPILs go on A 2010 adventure

The Department of Arts and Culture is using the "My 2010 Schools Adventure campaign" to mobilise support for the 2010 Fifa World Cup among pupils.

The Department of Arts and Culture is using the "My 2010 Schools Adventure campaign" to mobilise support for the 2010 Fifa World Cup among pupils.

Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said the campaign was also a golden opportunity for the government to educate pupils about the national flag and anthem protocols.

The campaign has given public school pupils a chance to show their support for the World Cup.

Pupils from across the country showed their creativity in essays, poetry, art projects, music and dance performances relating to the World Cup.

Provincial finals took place on Saturday and the winners from each province are geared up for the national finals, where their works will be adjudicated by a panel of judges to determine the winner and two runners-up from each category.

"One of the key drivers in the My 2010 Schools Adventure campaign is to celebrate the diversity of our country and show the world the ingenuity of modern Africa, as well as the bright future of our land," Mashatile said.

"With this being the first time that the Fifa World Cup is staged in Africa, the campaign is also aimed at helping learners identify with the continent as a whole.

"The importance of this campaign is that it builds good citizenship and unites the entire country behind common identities.

"It is an opportunity that we should not miss and by participating in the May 2010 Schools Adventure, learners can show their appreciation for cultures and people from all walks of life, something the people of Mzansi pride themselves on. We want to celebrate particularly the African qualified countries. The campaign educates learners about each country, thus building an understanding and tolerance and emphasising anti-xenophobia messages."

The competition has been divided into two pillars - education and participation. The education pillar, which concludes with the national finals on May 1, is led by the department.

Mashatile said the education pillar seeks to help pupils tell their World Cup story and understanding of the participating teams through art.

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