Schools in Gauteng and other parts of the country close for the winter break on Friday June 24 but the City of Johannesburg has ensured that learning does not stop and that children have a fun-filled, educational and enriching holiday.
The City’s Library and Information Services will, through its “A Holiday@Your Library” programme, host a variety of fun and educational activities at all its public libraries from Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 17.
The three-week school holiday programme will not only ensure that children continue to learn but it will also engage them in a wide range of stimulating activities – from soccer to cultural games; storytelling to face painting; and beading to colouring. Other activities include board games, egg and spoon games, puzzles and computer games.
The holiday programme, which is also aimed at keeping children away from the streets and mischief, caters for learners aged between three and 17.
One of the highlights of the programme will be when the children are called upon to create birthday cards with personalised messages for the late former president Nelson Mandela.
The birthday cards will be posted on a dedicated Mandela Birthday Wall. Mandela, who died on 5 December 2013, would be turning 98 on Monday July 18.
The City’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) will teach the children about keeping warm and safe during winter as part of its winter drive.
“Our winter campaign started in May and we have realised that often the community outreach programmes take place when the children are at school. This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to children and teach them about the dangers of fire and how to prevent it,” said EMS Spokesman Robert Mulaudzi.
He called on parents to encourage their children to be part of the programme as it would benefit them.
“We’ll also use a fire engine to demonstrate to them so they know how firefighters work. They will also have an opportunity to ask questions,” said Mulaudzi.
Residents are urged to go to their nearest libraries for more information.