The Pioneer Centre is an exciting project to teach school children more about South Africa’s rich cultural heritage. The programs and interactive activities offered are CAPS based on outcomes and target the Social Sciences, Technology, Natural Sciences, Arts and Culture and Design. Specific syllabus themes are presented using an introduction, treasure hunt, followed by interactive discussions.
It consists of three main areas: the auditorium, the foyer and the main exhibition hall, and the open-air area for traditional activities.
In the auditorium, provision is made for visual and interactive introductions per syllabus theme, while a map facilitates the treasure hunt with specific themes in the main exhibition hall. Original objects, replicas, historical photographs, contemporary visuals and snippets of information are used here. The origins and cultural diversity of South Africa are explained in terms of broad themes such as national symbols, food, clothing, settlement, and materials (wood, metal, leather, grass, clay, ceramics and glass).