Class in the clouds

The Clouds programme gives pupils and their teachers the opportunity to swap their classrooms for a fun day of interactive learning at the top of the mountain.

While the national lockdown restricted the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) from operating its tours and Class in the Clouds programme, the beauty of the mountain is now accessible through a 360 degree virtual tour. 

As a way to provide greater access to the mountain, in 2001 TMACC launched its Class in the Clouds programme which gives pupils and their teachers the opportunity to swap their classrooms for a fun day of interactive learning at the top of the mountain.

Managing director at TMACC, Wahida Parker, said the Class in the Clouds was started as a way to give back, educate and inspire the youth of local communities. 

“We aim to empower and upskill youngsters to improve their access to tertiary education and possible job opportunities, adding value to the lives of our youth,” she said. The programme, which is the brainchild of former MD John Harrison, has seen more than 323 000 pupils experience the top of Table Mountain in all its beauty. As part of the lock down regulations, TMACC has been unable to open its operations to accommodate visitors, but this hasn’t stopped the organisation from finding new ways for students to access the mountain, including the development of a 360 virtual tour of the top of the mountain.”

The tour is available on the TMACC website and there are further plans to incorporate storytelling and voice-activated narration as part of the experience. 

“In addition to the virtual tour, we are currently putting plans in place to bring the mountain to learners by arranging visits by our tour guides to schools,” Ms Parker said.