Monday, August 18, 2008

Aqeedah's trip to Robben Island

As I've mentioned before, it is Aqeedah's last year on primary school. Last week and Friday her life skills teacher, Mrs Jones, took them on an excursion to Robben Island. She was very excited but apprehensive too because she feared getting sea sick.

For those who do not know, Robben Island was the place where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for over 25 years of his life, and was later released to become the first black and democratically elected president of South Africa. It is an island located in Table Bay, seven kilometres off the coast of Cape Town.

Robben Island draws thousands of tourists every year. A visit to this National monument would shed light on the circumstances and habitat of the apartheid prisoners held during that time. It is also a place that is now synonymous with leaders and the struggle of freedom in South Africa.

I have added links to my post, the sites are very informative if you're wanting to glean more information with regards to this topic. The link to Nelson Mandela's autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom, is most certainly an engrossing read. Enjoy!!

1 comment:

Smooches said...

hmmm... wot a wonderful trip... very historical one too and i'm sure Aqeedah enjoyed the trip down memory lane, i certainly did when i visited earlier this year... it is amazing to see what took place in the past and certainly makes one thankful we never had to walk in the shoes of Mr Mandela... a man who has brought to life a South Africa only previously dreamt of. I wish to one day meet him, in his honour, grace and excellence! He surely is a stature of note and one all South Africans should be proud of! I certainly am and admire his tenacity throughout his lifetime! A great inspiration!