In less than six months since the launch of the Markets of Warwick School Tours, almost 500 school learners have come to Warwick Junction to learn about the important role of the informal economy. For more about what motivated the school tours component, read here.
Below are three extracts taken from written assignments of reflections from Grade 10 Geography Learners from Holy Family College, on what they had learnt from their Markets of Warwick school tour experience:
‘The Markets of Warwick- what an experience! When I was told we were going to The Markets of Warwick I thought “oh no”. The area is perceived to be one of poverty, overcrowding and pollution. I was a little skeptical, but now, I would definitely go again. This experience for me truly captures the diversity of South Africa as a country! It is beautiful to see the mixture of cultures and races coming together. At the Markets I thought to myself “This is what Tat’Mandela has fought for”.’
‘The trip opened my eyes to my City; my home and I realized that Durban is bursting with entrepreneurs and ordinary people trying to make ends meet. The entire walk through the Markets brought nothing but friendliness…’
‘A trip to the Markets of Warwick was a fun filled educational experience and an extension on our topic of Population Geography. The area began as a way to force people (non-whites) to switch their mode of transport. After a while people began selling on the streets and this is how the Markets began.’