16 March 2017- Creative arts

The colourful, Ms. Sussie Mjwara, who is affiliated with ASSITEJ, was the guest speaker at last week’s Sizabantwana meeting. ASSITEJ is a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve awareness and access to quality theatre and arts for children and young people. Ms Mjwara came to show our teachers how to deliver the more practical and creative lessons of the curriculum (visual and performance art) with fun and enthusiasm at a primary school level.

Ms Mjwara opened the meeting with a highly entertaining ice-breaker called badoo bada, which got our teachers standing, doing some actions, and saying nonsense words in-between bouts of laughter. The meeting proceeded with a discussion about the principles and elements of visual arts and some fun and relaxing practical activities. Firstly, the teachers of Sizabantwana drew beautiful self-portraits and improved their artistic skills which they can now share with their learners. Secondly, the teachers created mandalas which proved to be wonderfully relaxing. Ms Mjwara emphasised the importance of telling a story though art and how the meaning of art is so vital to the improvement of life-skills. Ms. Mjwara also spoke to our teachers about how important including the practical and creative subjects of the syllabus are, as many children who struggle with numeracy or languages may excel in the arts and may find that their other academic skills improve as a result.

From everyone at Sizabantwana and especially from those teachers who had the privilege of enjoying the time you spent with us, we would like to extend a warm thank-you. Good luck with your studies and we hope your future is bright and prosperous.

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