A trip to the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town has helped Vision AfriKa learners understand the South African political process and how the decisions made there affect their real lives.
A group of Grade 8 students made the visit at the start of October and were given a morning tour around the building. It was their first trip to the country’s seat of legislative power, which they had previously only seen on TV.
The learners were particularly interested to find out whether President Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema, leader of opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters, sat opposite each other in the House as they always appeared to do so when seen on television arguing.
But they also learned that only Members of Parliament are allowed to enter the floor of the National Assembly and ask questions there as well as what role the chairperson of the House plays.
The students were likewise given the opportunity to explore both Houses of Parliament, sit on one of the MP’s chairs and learn how to use the microphones.