Swaziland National Museum - travel journal

Group in front of King Sobhuza 11 statue
We have worked with our partner in Swaziland, All Out Africa, to devise a trip for children that attend the local Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) centres. These centres were started by local communities and most of the children who attend have lost a parent, or in some cases are orphaned. Travelling by minibus and stopping for lunch ensures a fun-packed day out for the children plus they see some of the local heritage sites that, too often, only tourists to their country have the privilege of viewing.

This Museum has an essential role in preserving past traditions and culture for future generations. In 1974 the International Council of Museums (ICOM) defined the museum as a "non-profit making institution in the service of society and of its development and open to the public" (ICOM 1974). The objectives of the Museum are:

(a) To collect all natural and man-made objects that reflect both natural and cultural heritage of the Swazi and Southern African peoples;
(b) To document all specimens and objects collected;
(c) To conserve and preserve using the best means possible all items in the collection;
(d) To exhibit for public information, materials in its collection;
(e) To serve as an informal education forum for school groups, refugee camps and adult education centres.

The Museum was built in 1972. Two small rooms house the exhibition area. In 1986 a storage room, workshop, photography dark room and a temporary exhibition area was constructed. This area completes the ethnography section. In 1990, Government approved and funded the construction of the showroom and natural history wing. The showroom houses three royal cars used by King Sobhuza II.

Date: 03 August 2017

Explorers: 15 children from Nkhanini Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old, plus six adults (including one NCP teacher, three cooking ladies, one volunteer and one All Out Africa supporting staff).

The weather was: Bright and sunny.

Group with stuffed animalsChildren looking at the cars
We saw: Historic pictures and cars. Stuffed animals and statues of the Late King Sobhuza II. We were taken to the National Museum and the Late King Sobhuza II memorial with our NCP teacher and cooking ladies.

We ate: Stew beef and chicken with salad and variety of fruit juices.

Some of our favourite parts of the day:
  • Seeing the historic cars.
  • Seeing stuffed animals.

Looking at the stuffed animals
Quotes from the day
"I saw a stuffed snake and monkeys. I also saw the late King Sobhuza 11’s statue and his cars and all cars were coloured black."
- Mfanukhona Manana

"I saw a stuffed zebra, lion, snake, elephant and monkeys. I also saw the Late King Sobhuza’s 11 statue and his 3 black cars."
- Sethu Mavuso

"I saw a black snake, birds, lions and a crocodile. Saw King Sobhuza 11 four black cars and his huge statue"
- Lihle Mamba

"I saw a picture of King’s Sobhuza’s 11 riding in one of his cars. I also saw a frog."
- Vezo Mavuso

"All the children addressed the Late King Sobhuza’s 11 as His Majesty King Mswati 111"
- Teacher
All Out Africa logoAbout our partner organisation: All Out Africa is a social enterprise comprising of a group of companies and a non-profit based in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. It caters to people looking for a wide variety of African experiences from volunteering, tours, research, internships, and university field studies, whilst at the same time, building sustainable long-term projects.

All Out is serious about giving back to the community and the environment. That is why they set up a foundation to help expand and sustain their project development, which include support to the six care centres for vulnerable children, a sports development program for local children and youth, community building projects, child sponsorship program to support vulnerable children at primary and high school levels to assist them with school requirements, and facilitate conservation research projects at the wildlife and marine research centres. All Out shares their passion for Southern Africa’s people, places and wildlife with the world and offers adventures that change lives.

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