The Arts in Schools Initiative showed off its remarkable work during an event on Human Rights Day in Nyanga. The project is run by the Nyanga Arts Centre(NAC) in partnership with the Arts and Culture Department and sees 38 schools between Langa, Nyanga and Kayamnandi, in Stellenbosch receiving the services of a full time arts practitioner to teach their pupils. The program began in 2011 and has seen an improvement in the performing and visual arts, including music at the schools involved. Last Wednesday these schools demonstrated their talent in music and the theatre, performing skits.The NAC’s Namie Nama said the project has been bearing fruits since its launch seven years ago. “The beauty of the project is that the arts practitioners give full attention to the learner’s arts development. They are not there to replace the teacher but are there to help with the practical learning,” she said. She also noted that the projects achievements are not just on the performance front but also help curb the number of drop-outs. “Some learners are not very good academically, but they excel in the arts so it gives them a boost in morale as well as the hope of making a career for themselves in the future. It is quite evident in the learners who enjoy art that they have a new bounce in their step ... They are motivated,” she said. She said that the project has also helped groom more than 400 learners in their career prospects in the arts and that they constantly gauge the development of these learners. “As part of the project, we organise quarterly showcases to measure the improvements of the learners. It has had a big impact even at the schools as the art practitioners complement the work of the teacher,” she said.