Youngsters learn through art

2015-06-10 06:00
DRAMA also formed part of the Galeshewe Theatre Organisation’s (Gato) Artists in School Project that was recently launched at the Mayibuye Centre.

DRAMA also formed part of the Galeshewe Theatre Organisation’s (Gato) Artists in School Project that was recently launched at the Mayibuye Centre. Photos: Supplied

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LEARNERS from gr. 4 to gr. 7 of primary schools around the province had the opportunity to showcase their talents at the Mayibuye Centre in Galeshewe after a five-month training programme in the arts.

The performance was part of the Galeshewe Theatre Organisation’s (Gato) Artists in School Project, which was launched nationally on Friday, 22 May, in conjunction with the Department of Arts and Culture.

Launched in accordance with the curriculum prescription that drama, music, dance and visual arts be taught as part of the Creative Arts subject, Gato recruited local artists specialising in these four disciplines.

They were sent to different schools across the province to train the youngsters.

According to Gato, recruitment on the project started on 12 December 2014, while the artists were appointed on 21 January to coincide with the school calendar.

“In front of an audience, the learners partook in dance pieces, poetry recitals, music renditions and a stage play directed by the respective facilitators of their schools,” said Phemelo Sediti of Gato.

“The 30 artists were placed at the following schools: Tshwarelela Primary School, St Peter’s Primary School, Zingisa Primary School, Rolihlahla Primary School, Pabalelo Primary School (Frances Baard District), Daniëlskuil Intermediate School (ZF Mgcawu District) and Bongani Primary School (Pixley ka Seme District).

During the planning of the event, Gato requested artists to prepare stage plays and dance pieces to demonstrate to the public the impact artists in school have on the learners and education in general.

So the day was used to showcase such talent and popularise the project.

Officials of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in the Northern Cape and nationally, as well as principals and teachers of the selected schools were in attendance.

According to a Creative Arts teacher at the St Peters Primary School, Kediemetse Nkgwang, the project helped the leaners a lot as the facilitators are energetic enough to do practical exercises with the children.

“Sometimes you find older teachers who are swamped with loads of work and concentrate mainly on theory. The energe-tic practitioners were able to teach and encourage the learners to enjoy what they do and do it wholeheartedly,” said Nkgwang.

She further highlighted how the project boosted and had given some of the disadvantaged learners an opportunity they would not have had, because they could not afford to pay for the extra classes to reach their dreams and discover themselves.

“They were encouraged to enjoy and work wholeheartedly.”

Nkgwang said her learning area manager was also pleased by the project because it would allow the learners and teachers to already detect the learners’ strengths at an early age.

“Unlike in normal circumstances where the arts disciplines were not taken seriously until at a senior phase in Life Skills, they are now already able to see their strength at level 7, and choose where they belong.”

She added that the issues of time and resources had always been a challenge in schools and this project addressed those


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