Add-Art seminar for PMB youth

2016-11-23 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Youth at a seminar hosted by the Academy of the Arts and Heritage earlier this year at the city hall.

PHOTO: supplied Youth at a seminar hosted by the Academy of the Arts and Heritage earlier this year at the city hall.

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THE Rural Youth Development Foundation Southern Africa (RYDFSA), in partnership with the Academy of the Arts and Heritage, will host a two-day seminar for unemployed graduates, youth and art education experts from Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

The conference is today, Thursday 17 November and tomorrow, Friday 18 November at the Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu Street from 9am to 4pm.

It is part of the roll-out of the Add-Art programme, sponsored by the KZN Department of Arts and Culture.

Add-Art assists schools in rural and previously disadvantage communities by affording pupils from these areas an opportunity to add at least two extra art subjects to their matric curriculum.

This increases their chances of obtaining higher marks in their senior certificate and help to improve the Grade 12 pass rate.

The Academy of the Arts and Heritage communications manager, Avela Sidumo, said the gathering will bring together unemployed youth, unemployed graduates, teachers, officials, stakeholders from academic institutions and partners in the arts education development.

“We will have round-table discussions on issues pertaining, but not limited to, helping to improve the matric pass rate and affording pupils an opportunity to secure enough points for university entry as required.

“We will also look at how we can afford an opportunity to unemployed arts graduates to teach at rural schools and how unemployed youth with an interest in the arts can secure training to become tutors.”

Sidumo said the seminar will also look at career opportunities in the arts and heritage sector young people can venture into.

“We are going to discuss how pupils can obtain bursaries, scholarships and study loans for the arts and other possible ventures like the international exchange youth programmes.”

Since 2009 the Academy of the Arts and Heritage has worked on programmes that give inspiration and opportunities to youth coming from rural and disadvantaged communities.

In the next few years the academy said it has plans to expand the seminars to other areas in KZN.

For more information, phone 082 760 3773 or email youth@safri or

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