pupils to benefit from 2010

THE Local Organising Committee has described the My 2010 Schools Adventure Campaign as a great platform to educate South African children about their country.

THE Local Organising Committee has described the My 2010 Schools Adventure Campaign as a great platform to educate South African children about their country.

Pioneered by the Department of Arts and Culture, the campaign is also being used to teach pupils about the cultures and traditions of the countries taking part in the World Cup.

The campaign promotes education in the classroom and various cultural activities, as well as participation in football.

Led by Dudu Mazibuko, the department's 2010 project leader, the campaign is targeting 12million pupils and more than 500000 teachers.

The campaign aims to educate pupils about South African culture and national symbols such as the national flag and national anthem.

LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan says a global tournament such as the World Cup is much more than just about what happens on the pitch.

"We are delighted with the enthusiasm shown by the learners and the brilliance of the work they have been able to produce.

"The 2010 Fifa World Cup brings the world to our doorstep and it is an opportunity for all of us in South Africa to engage with people from around the globe.

"Well done to all of those who took part in the My 2010 Schools Adventure and we hope they enjoy their 2010 Fifa World Cup experience on match day," Jordaan said.

The Bureau of Heraldry, a unit of the Department of Arts and Culture, is using the project to assist in their Flag in Every School and Flying the Flag campaigns by giving 3000 schools the national flag and holding poles.

National symbols include the national Coat of Arms, the King Protea used by national sports teams and the various honours bestowed by President Jacob Zuma.

The orders include the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Ikhamanga and the Order of Mendi for Bravery.

The historic World Cup will bring some of the world's greatest soccer players - including Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Kaká, Fernando Torres and Obafemi Martins - to South Africa.

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