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Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

Another week full of knowledge and fun! :) The topic of this week for our Language Excursions was World Design Capital. First we explored  The Langa Quarter project, so the students were there and learned that The Langa Quarter intends to benefit from the physical change in town planning to position itself as a new gateway to the city.

On wednesday, we visited SEED, which is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. Students learnt about food production, eco-systems, and their own roles in the eco-systems. Finally, we went to Woodstock to check the street art. As part of this journey we visited the Side Street Studios and we looked at the overall structure of Woodstock as a diverse set of communities, from the mountainside to the seaside.


Language Excursion: Environment & History

This week we had such a good time during our Languages Excursions! First we took our students to Intaka Island. Intaka is a word from the ixiXhosa language meaning `bird’. Intaka Island is a nature reserve and natural wetlands. Then, we went into Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) which is the first central city project to restore productive farming land; and finally we went into the Langa Pass Office Museum. There, we had the opportunity to learn interesting facts.


Language Excursion: Food and Cuisine

This week we had DELICIOUS Language Excursions (Food & Cuisine). First we got immersed into the Cape Malay Cuisine to show our students that it is characterized by the use of a large variety of spices imported in 1658 by the Malay slaves. Then, we went to Honest Chocolate, where we had the chance not only to taste a healthy chocolate but to do it ourselves! and finally we went to taste isiXhosa dishes in Gugulethu, one of the Cape Town’s townships!! YUMMY YUMMY!! :)


Language Excursion: Introduction to Cape Town

Let’s introduce our students to this amazing mother city: Cape Town!

For our first Language Excursion of the week, John Bauer hosted a simple art workshop aimed at people who are not artists. Then, we went to Gugulethu to learn more about drum and marimba and how to play them. Our host also manufactures the instruments, so he has a big knowledge about it.

The last Language Excursion led us to the District 6 Museum. Our wonderful host Noor, a former inhabitant of District Six, told us very interesting stories about life during Apartheid.


Language Excursion: Food & Cuisine

For this week we introduced our students into the South African Food & Cuisine

First we went into the Cape Malay to show our students that this cuisine is characterized by the use of a large variety of spices imported in 1658 by the Malay slaves.  Then, they had the chance to make their own chocolate at  Honest Chocolate, in Woodstock. Finally,  we brought them to our friend and cook Sheila Tempi  in the suburb of Gugulethu. Our students sampled a selection of Loxion Cuisine dishes and traditional Xhosa dishes.

We hope you guys had fun! :)

 


Language Excursion: Introduction to Cape Town

This week we gave our students an Introduction to Cape Town. First we had a look at art in Cape Town. We visited the artist Roscoe Reid Masters, who is currently lecturing at CPUT as well as a practising artist based at Studio 41 in Cape Town. Our students participated in a simple art workshop aimed at people who are not artists.

Camissa, ‘the place of sweet waters’ is the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town. Our students went for a walk through this wonderful nature environment. We were hosted by Caron and followed the Camissa on a short journey down the mountain. Caron is the founder of the Reclaim Camissa project, which was started to re-establish the Camissa within the city, and reconnect citizens and spaces to the water.

For our last excursion we went to Gugulethu to learn more about drum and marimba and how to play them. Our host also manufactures the instruments, so he has a big knowledge about it. They gave us a demonstration and we played in their backyard. This excursion was about feeling the rhythm and having fun. They ROCKED the place!


Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

The theme of this week was World Design Capital 2014. Our first trip was to Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF), it is the first central city project to restore productive farming land. This excursion took us on a journey through the vision and reality of the OZCF, into urban farming, eco-systems and community development.

After this  our students went to Woodstock. We took a walk through Woodstock and had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing street art. We learned more about Woodstock and its diversity. Afterwards, we visited the Woodstock Exchange and had a look at some incredible creative businesses.

SEED is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. Its showroom is located in Mitchells Plain and we took a look there today. It is a magnificent resource, including a fully off-the-grid low-cost home, a seed bank, a food forest, a gourmet mushroom project and an outdoor classroom. Parents of the school children are involved in the project, not just the children, so the initiative takes on community building angles.


Language Excursion: Building Cities

This week we found out more about Building Cities in Cape Town. Our students went for a city walk in the Central Business District (CBD) of Cape Town. It is bounded by Woodstock, District Six, Gardens, the Bo-Kaap, Green Point, the V&A Waterfront and the Port. It includes the historical ‘Old Town’, the East City and the Foreshore.

The second trip was to Langa. The CBD of the future will be Langa, Khayelitsha, Athlone and Manenberg. All of these are currently called townships and were originally on the periphery, that is, the edge of the city. We  learned more about a project in Langa, called: The Langa Quarter. The Langa Quarter imagines Langa as the centre of Cape Town.

At last, we went to Khayelitsha. This is a partially informal township in South Africa, on the outskirts of Cape Town in the Cape Flats. The name is Xhosa for Our New Home and was established in 1985. Today Khayelitsha is home to between 500,000 and 2 million people (although the official City of Cape Town estimate is at 400,000), this is why Khayelitsha is called a ‘city in a city’. Our students visited the Department of Coffee, a coffeeshop located in Khayelitsha.


Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system. Our Language Excursions this week were about Cape Town World Design Capital 2014. Only 2 weeks left until Cape Town becomes the World Design Captial of 2014. Our students went to Langa, a suburb that is the dead centre of the city if you look on the map, a group of people have begun a project called The Langa Quarter. This is a project to put Langa on the map.

Woodstock is an incredibly diverse area both in terms of the people that live there and its economics. We went to visit the new Woodstock Exchange, explored street art and looked at the overall structure of Woodstock as a diverse set of communities, from the mountainside to the seaside.

Our last Language Excursion of the week was to The Urban Abundance Centre in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain, this is the showroom for what SEED is trying to achieve. We learned a lot about plants, seeds, food, herbs and the environment.


Language Excursion: Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life. This week’s Language Excursion Theme is “Biodiversity”… However, in order to commemorate and celebrate late former President Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, we had having a special Madiba City Walk  on Wednesday.

Our first Language Excursion was to Rondevlei Nature Reserve, it offers a quiet and secluded alternative to the hustle and bustle of urban life.

On Wednesday our students had a language excursion about Mr. Nelson Mandela. They learned more about Apartheid, his role in this and about his personality. After the excursions we went to Nelson Mandela Memorial at the Cape Town Stadium together with our students. We and 35,000 other South Africans celebrated Madiba’s life.

The last Language Excursions was to The Kuyasa CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Pilot Project, this involves the retrofitting of solar water heater, insulated ceilings and energy efficient lighting in over 2 300 low-cost homes in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The project will see an immediate impact on the social, health and economic well-being of the targeted beneficiaries.


Language Excursion: South African History

South Africa has a long path of history.  This week we focused on that history so that our students could learn more about South Africa during Apartheid, and how it is trying to make changes. We started with a Language Excursion to the District 6 Museum. Our students listened to the real-life stories of our wonderful host, Noor, and they got an overview about District Six during apartheid.

Camissa, meaning ‘the place of sweet waters‘ is the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town. On this Language Excursion our host Caron, founder of the Reclaim Camissa, showed us the stories of the people, culture and development of the city, by following the path of water. We followed the Camissa on a short journey down the mountain.

Our last stop was to Langa, together with our students we took a 1th class train ride and celebrated Freedom of Movement. After this we visited the Pass Museum to find out about the Dompas that was used during Apartheid.


Language Excursion: Food & Cuisine

This week we focused on the South African food culture. We visited our host Na-Iema, who invited us into her lovely home. Besides of learning about the South African food history and the different spice routes, our students also had the chance to make their own Samosas.

We went to the founders of Honest Chocolate, Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk, at their chocolate studio in Woodstock. Our student discovered the chocolate making process and could taste and make their own delicious and healthy chocolate!

People gather at chisa nyamas. These are the most popular eateries of the townships. Chisa nyama is a Zulu phrase and it literally means “burn the meat”. They are butcheries with barbeques. You order your meat and it is sent through to the barbeque for cooking, before being delivered to your table. We visited Nomzamo chisa nyama in Langa to try some great meat.


Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

The theme of this weeks’ Language Excursions were World Design Capital 2014. Cape Town is selected to be the world Design Capital of 2014.

First excursion was toDepartment of Coffee in Khayelitsha. We took a look in the coffee shop, we walked the same route they take to deliver coffees each day to the central part of Khayelitsha and we sampled some of their coffee.

SEED is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. We went to Mitchells Plain to check out their Urban Abundance Centre. The tour has been short-listed as a World Design Capital project for 2014 due to its vision of connecting communities to the natural environment and helping to shift how we perceive ourselves and the environments we live and work in.

Our last Language Excursion was to Woodstock. The students took a look at the new Woodstock Exchange. After this we walked through Woodstock to see some great street art


Language Excursion: Building Cities

This week our Language Excursions are about Building Cities. Our students went to Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF). This is the first central city project to restore productive farming land. It’s becoming a thriving landmark of the fresh produce eco-system. There is a fresh produce market every Saturday, with small farmers around the city selling their goods. Our students loved the nature on the farm!

The Cape Town inner-city, where Kurus English is situated, is the original city. This is where Cape Town as a city began. We took our students on a City Walk in the Central Business District of Cape Town. They saw some wonderful buildings, shops, and green areas.

Our last Language Excursion was to Langa, a suburb that is the dead centre of the city. A group of people started a project, which is called Langa Quarter. This is a project to create an alternative centre in Langa. It imagines Langa as the centre of Cape Town. We introduced the students to the people of this project and to their vision about shifting the city centre.


Language Excursion: Introduction to Cape Town

Let’s introduce our students to this amazing mother city: Cape Town!

South Africa has a legacy of great art. Much of it was inspired by the fight against apartheid, and the art of today still tends to be political. For our first Language Excursion of the week, John Bauer hosted a simple art workshop aimed at people who are not artists. Which means that the accessible for people who may be scared of drawing. Using a variety of materials, the main goal of the workshop was having fun, and helping our students to see things just a little differently.

Our amazing city not only has a great art, but also beautiful music! Our students jammed the drums at Gugulethu and learned more about the history and about different sorts of drums.

Intaka Island is a 16ha wetland and bird sanctuary. It is situated in the Cape Flats, which extends from the ocean at Milnerton all the way to the ocean at Muizenberg, was once upon a time a wetlands. We went to this oasis of peace within the madness of mass consumerism. A restful ending, after a whole week of creativity and joy!


Language Excursion: South African History

Let’s dive into the History of South Africa. We took a train ride in first class and celebrated freedom. During the Apartheid era black people couldn’t take a train ride in first class, this was only for white people. After this we went to the Pass Museum to learn more about the Dompas that was used during Apartheid.

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The definition of slavery is broad. Many forms of slave labour existed in the past and many forms of labour can be called unfree or bonded labour. The form of slavery used in the Cape Colony is called chattel slavery. Chattel slaves were taken from the land of their birth and forced to go to different places where they were sold again. Our host Lucy gave us a very interesting tour about the dark times of slavery.

The last Language Excursion led us to the District 6 Museum. Our wonderful host Noor, a former inhabitant of District Six, told us very interesting stories about life during Apartheid. Our students listened carefully when he told the real-life stories about  the forced removals from this part of Cape Town.


Language Excursion: Food & Cuisine

YUMMY YUMMY in my tummy!

This week our students discovered more about the Food & Cuisine of South Africa. We started  with Cape Malay Food. This cuisine is characterized by the use of  a large variety of spices. We visited Na-Iema, our lovely host of the day, and we made and tasted some delicious dishes.

Our next stop was to Honest Chocolate. Their chocolate is organic AND healthy. Who is able to resist this sugar-free and dairy-free delicatesse? It was DEVINE!

The last Language Excursion was to the home of Sheila and Blackie Tempi in Gugulethu for a session on Loxion homecooking. Loxion food is mostly made up of starch. Often there is also traditional beer, or Umqombhothi, which is a beer made from maize. It was a great week with amazing food and people!


Language Excursion: World Design Capital

This week our Language Excursion was about World Design Capital 2014. How exciting! A fireman, a barista and a towel factory employee decided to open the first coffee shop in a township in the Western Cape. It is called the Department of Coffee and we visited them! It has become a real attraction in Khayelitsha.

The next day we went to Woodstock. Apartheid’s group areas act did not split the area racially. Which means that today Woodstock is an incredibly diverse area both in terms of the people that live there and its economics.  We saw a lot of street art in Woodstock!

Our last Language Excursion of the week was to SEED. This is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. In cities, children are largely disconnected from the natural environment.  SEED focuses on school programmes and on setting up schools in under-resourced areas as centres of outdoor learning. Students learn about food production, eco-systems, and their own roles in the eco-systems.

Francien


Language Excursion: South African History

It’s time to learn more about South African history! We took our students to the District 6 Museum where they found out about District Six and Apartheid. We saw how much impact this had, and still has, on people in South Africa. Apartheid was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government in South Africa between 1948 and 1994, where the rights of the majority non-white inhabitants of South Africa were withheld and restricted while minority rule by white people was maintained.

Our next stop was Langa. The Pass Laws Act 1952 made it compulsory for all black South Africans over the age of 16 to carry a “pass book” at all times. The law stipulated where, when, and for how long a person could remain. This pass was also known as a dompas. We visited Langa Township Heritage Museum (Dompas Museum), it was once a pass office and court in the apartheid era.

Francien 


Language Excursion: Food and Cuisine

This week we had a beautiful language excursion about food.

We started the week at BoKaap  at Na-Iema, where the students could taste lovely Cape Malay cuisine. The Malay slaves imported to the Cape by the Dutch East India company in 1658, came from Indonesia, Malaysia and Madagascar. Their ability to adapt their recipes to locally available ingredients soon became apparent and their cooking talents, using the aromatic spices from the Far East, greatly enhanced the local settler cuisine. This was an important development in South African food history.

We went to the township which is called Langa to visit Nomzamo chisa nyama. Langa is the oldest of such townships in Cape Town and was the location of much resistance to Apartheid. We tasted the isiXhosa Food, which is mostly made up of starch/carbohydrates.

At to end this amazing week we went to Honest Chocolate to make our own healthy chocolate.

Francien

 

 

 


Language Excursion: Introduction to Cape Town

This week our students including our FEJO group went out to explore the city. So, let us introduce them to Cape Town.

What is a city without music? A lovely drumworkshop in Gugulethu, a township 15 km from Cape Town, was on the programme. During the morning we took a closer look at the history of drums, djembe & marimba , and in the afternoon Lucky and his friends showed us to rock all those fantastic instruments.

Now it’s time, to go back in time! Our next stop was Langa, a suburb found in Cape town and established in 1923. Langa is one of the many areas in South Africa that were designated for Black Africans before the apartheid era. We were there to celebrate Freedom of Movement!

At the last language excursion of this week we learned something about the tragic history of District Six. The District Six Museum Foundation was established in 1989 and launched as a museum in 1994 to keep alive the memories of District Six and displaced people everywhere.

Francien


Language Excursion: Community Development

Our first trip was to Shelter a small shop and vegetable garden in Langa. We were there to see Dumi, a man whose born, raised and still lives in Langa. Shelter is a piece of land owned by the city, and has been occupied by Dumi and a group of Rastafarians for more than 15 years now. We explored Shelter and what it is presently doing, and particularly looking at the plans for its future and how they will aid community development.

The students visited Imam Dawood at Parkwood Mosque, we mainly focused on what he is doing as an Imam in community development. For example, being involved in a school for girls whose families would otherwise not be able to afford an education for them.

The Department of Coffee was the first coffee shop in a township, Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape. Our students met the three ambitious entrepreneurs of the coffee shop and learned more about their story. We walked the route, that the owners do each day, to deliver their coffee and we got the opportunity to taste some of their coffee. How amazing!

Francien


Language Excursion: Food & Cuisine

Who doesn’t love food? Exactly, everyone does! That’s why this weeks language excursion was all about South African food. Our students had a wonderful opportunity to taste Loxion food at Langa, a township in Cape Town. Loxion food is mostly made up of starch and carbohydrates.

We found out what Nelson Mandela’s favourite dishes are and we were able to try this amazing dishes in the home of a terrific Cape Town cook. Each dish was a doorway to different stories about Mandela and his life, both political and personal.

Last but not least, Our students went to Bebe Rose, a Pan African restaurant located inside the Pan African Woman’s market, in Long Street. It serves a variety of African dishes with the aim of giving the African foreign nationals a meal that would be similar to the kind that they would normally eat back  home.

Francien


Language Excursion: Environment

This week Language Excursions were about the environment of South Africa. Our students had the opportunity to visit 3 lovely places. Starting with: Lynedoch EcoVillage, the first ecologically designed, socially mixed intentional community in South Africa. It is located in Stellenbosch.

On Wednesday we saw Intaka Island, Intaka is a word from the ixiXhosa language meaning `bird’. Intaka Island is a nature reserve and natural wetlands. It is an oasis of peace within the madness of mass consumerism.

One of the primary functions of Intaka is to purify water. Some of the other functions include sustaining species of bird and plant life, creating a `green lung’ for the Century City development, and providing environmental educational for school students.

The last language excursion of this week was to Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF), which is the first central city project to restore productive farming land. This excursion took us on a journey through the vision and reality of the OZCF, into urban farming, eco-systems and community development

Francien


Language Excursion: South African History

Let’s jump back in time!

This week our language excursion was about the South African history.  To begin with we went to District Six, where our students found out about the apartheid and it’s laws, but above all what impact it had on the inhabitants of South Africa.

We celebrated freedom of movement at Langa, by taking a train ride in first class. During the apartheid era first class was for white people only.

And at the last day we explored the South African history from 1994 to today, by walking the Madiba (Nelson Mandela’s) freedom walk. It was about the first 19 years of democracy in Cape Town.

Francien

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