Rio Grande lights up

2015-10-13 06:00
Rio Grande Primary School pupils helped make a banner, themed “Colour our community”, for the Silence Violence campaign. The banner will be included on the organisation’s website. 

Chevon Booysen

Rio Grande Primary School pupils helped make a banner, themed “Colour our community”, for the Silence Violence campaign. The banner will be included on the organisation’s website. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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“Colour our community” was beautifully illustrated by pupils of Rio Grande Primary School in Manenberg in the latest initiative of a combined group of students from Stellenbosch University and Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

This follows the Silence Violence campaign which was introduced at the school earlier this year.

Grade 6 and 7 pupils had the opportunity to leave their colourful marks on a banner, which will be featured on the organisation’s website, scheduled to be launched early next year.

Monique Ponto from the Silence Violence campaign says the collaboration is a first for the organisation.

“This is a first for team Silence Violence and an initiative headed by our media and communications team under the guidance of three talented CPUT Media students. The video will be one to close off a good year for Silence Violence, and create an art piece,” Ponto explains.

“The collaboration started less than a month ago, when Lwamkelu Cakata, along with his colleague and friend Ditaba-Joseph ‘Deejay’ Khauoe approached the head of Media, Mishqa Jakoet. These vibrant, talented, rising stars are not short of passion and their work and ethic speak for themselves. They are young, upcoming professionals whose tales relate to the circumstances our pupils find themselves in.”

“When you remove the children from a community already in strife, you are left with a community in darkness. The pupils of Rio Grande bring light and add colour to their community of Manenberg. This metaphor resonates with what this initiative captures visually,” Ponto continues.

“Their artwork was mounted onto a wall to form a mosaic banner. The arrangement was done in such a way that both the school and organisation’s logos formed the centre and were surrounded by images of the community and handprints of the pupils symbolic of Silence Violence.”

She adds the idea will be to select an image of Rio Grande Primary, have the image enlarged and a stencil of the image made. The stencil will then be made available for the pupils to colour in or paint. Their artwork will then be digitised and used as a part of the site

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