Robert Sobukwe Trust Internship Programmes

Learning was a way of life for Sobukwe. He regarded education as critical both for the liberation of self and the upliftment of community. Wherever he found himself he sought ways both to teach and to be taught. During the 1950s he edited The Africanist. He ensured that the Pan Africanist Congress adopted continuing learning both as a strategy of upliftment and an instrument of political discipline. During the first three years of his imprisonment he ran study sessions with fellow prisoners. While in isolation on Robben Island he studied for a degree in economics. And after his release from prison in 1969 he studied law and qualified as a lawyer.

Youth in rural areas face an uncertain future and training opportunities are limited. The mentoring of young community members is a Sobukwe Trust priority.

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The Trust has two internship programmes. The first is linked to the Oral History Project. The four interns came to the Trust recommended by the local senior secondary schools in the area, from which they matriculated. They assist in various aspects of the project implementation, including documenting interviews and conducting community research.

The interns will also participate in the development of the museum and exhibition during 2016, giving them the opportunity to stay on as employees, should they prove capable.

The second initiative is a youth tourism development programme run in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Tourism and Parks Agency. Eight youth have been trained as accredited local tour guides.

The Sobukwe Trust, the Camdeboo Municipality and the ECTPA have committed to work together to assist these young people to establish a tourism cooperative.  It is anticipated that the cooperative will have offices in the Sobukwe Museum and will have the ongoing support of the Sobukwe Trust.

The aim is to create a mutually beneficial relationship that will generate an income for the youth cooperative while providing a evocative and thought-provoking experience for visitors to the museum and for visitors seeking guided tours in Graaff-Reinet and its surrounds.