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South Africa has come a long way as a country and a lot has been changed/improved since then. As much as that may be true, we still have a long way to go when it comes to accepting these changes as a society. One would often hear this utterance, “We are getting there.”Question still remains, are we all going to see that day in one piece?
This country boldly walks around with EQUALITY plastered across it’s chest, when in actual fact, the opposite happens behind closed doors, i.e homophobia. Unfortunately, we haven’t conquered this plague yet. People who lack knowledge about the sexual diversity we are blessed with in this country, turn to abuse instead. They attack what they do not know instead of educating themselves about it. Intolerance still runs deep. But all is not lost, there is good out there, people who are willing to enlighten and learn.
Do not fear when Sibikwa Arts Centre is near!
Chapter 2 Section 9 enters into a meaningful engagement with the phenomenon of sexual violence against gender-non-conforming women in South Africa. The inclusion of the equality act in the Constitution was globally seen as a victory for the LGBTIQ people, despite these progressive laws they are still unfairly discriminated against, too often manifesting itself in the form of violent crimes including rape and murder. Chapter 2 Section 9 is based on interviews with more than fifty lesbian women and their families; moreover, the production team spoke to perpetrators and police officers in order to get their view and understanding of hate-crime. Chapter 2, Section 9 brings you a clear message with a cry, a laugh and a smile, that the mere fact of recognising that LGBTIQ persons are vulnerable to violence and discrimination, is an important step towards realising the basic rights of all people.
The Chapter 2 Section 9 cast consists of four young female actresses, accompanied by a young musician who composed original music for this play. The play is directed by Phyllis Klotz who has a long history of using the theatre to raise issues pertaining to women.
If you wish to attend, the details are as follows:
Dates: 20th – 25th February 2017
Time: (20, 21, 22, 23, 25) 3pm (24th) 2pm
Venue: Sibikwa Arts Centre
Cnr Bolton and Liverpool Rd
For further information and to make a booking please contact our audience developer Katlego Mogola on 076 723 5517 or contact Michael at Sibikwa on 011 422 4359 or email email@example.com
I am but a tiny person in this colossal world. A world with nothing new under the sun, even though my heart and my imagination are at loggerheads with that worldly notion, I run with it anyway. Knowing this sometimes paralyzes me, freezes up my mind to a point of no return… or so I feel at that time – you see, this comes and goes. Often when it strikes, my creativity scurries away from conceiving anything that is worth putting pen to paper for; I just shut down and curl up in a shadowy spot in my mind. What can I possibly offer this world that it doesn’t know already? I am floating in an ocean of artists with immeasurable experience, surely I cannot compete.
What I am realizing now is that art is not about competing, because there is none like me in that rouge ocean I am voluntarily drowning myself in. Each and every one of us has a unique voice, and until you do right by it, you will constantly be bound by fear. Our predecessors are not there to scare the talent out of us, instead, they are there to encourage and steer us in the right direction. It is time to jump off that cliff and just allow yourself to be. We also need to put ourselves through that fiery furnace, be molded into a skillful and sharp artist. Be brave, educate your talent and paralyze that fear!
SIBIKWA ARTS ACADEMY AWAITS YOU. COME AND REGISTER NOW!
On the 18th, last week Friday, we posted a letter that was written by Phylis Klotz on advocacy for Arts Education in Schools. The letter highlighted the importance of teaching the creative arts in Schools, how the community and the learners can benefit from having a well taught creative arts program in schools.
Few responses to the letter posted on advocacy for those who have gone the SETA route or who have University Diplomas in one of the art forms. This letter was presented to DAC and GDE to instate these art educators as official teaching assistants in schools. If you are not going to support or advocate for arts educators or artists to have the right facilitate in schools. Who will advocate and fight for you???.
Phyllis Klotz wrote the letter below and she has sent to the department of Education as well as the department of Arts and Culture.
The letter is open for discussion, please feel free to express your views.
TEACHING THE CREATIVE ARTS IN SCHOOLS
Skills development had been identified as a key requirement for the economic empowerment of the previously disadvantaged majority as well as for overall economic growth in South Africa. In 1996 experts agreed that South Africa needed a total skills training revolution in order to realise economic empowerment and growth. In 1998, the Skills Development Act was passed to provide for the development of skills in the workplace; the implementing arm would be the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and each sector would have its own governing body to ensure appropriate quality training and maintain standards as laid out by the national framework policy. The arts sector is governed by the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) which supports and administers the learning programmes and conducts quality assurance.
Several South African universities offer training in the arts, UCT, Wits, UKZN and Rhodes come to mind. The Universities of Technology have a more practically orientated programme and offer a diploma and a B. Tech should the student wish to study further. If a graduate decides to pursue a career in education and study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, (s)he can theoretically major in any one of the arts disciplines and teach it at FET level and Grades 8 and 9 in the creative arts.
The reality is however that training in arts education is somewhat lacking; a case in point is Wits School of Education. Wits does offer arts subjects but; practically, the four year professional B.Ed. focuses on Maths and Science, especially for high schools. Moreover Wits does not have suitably qualified teachers to teach the performing arts.
UKZN has the Edgewood Campus which houses the education faculty and offers prospective primary school teachers courses in the creative arts while high school teachers can do performance studies which qualify them to teach in high schools. The number of students who graduate with these qualifications does not meet the huge backlog of skilled qualified teachers needed especially in the primary schools.
UCT has a school of dance which offers a three year teaching diploma in dance qualifying the graduate to teach in primary schools. UCT also offers a B.Mus. which includes a dance teaching major. As a result, the Western Cape has the highest number of dance teachers working in primary and high schools. The school of dance and the school of drama at UCT are currently in the slow process of amalgamation. Both parties are keen to offer a teaching stream but unfortunately it is not clear whether funds for implementation will be made available.
In general, the universities are not producing the necessary arts education teachers. If one would undertake a survey of all the South African education faculties, one would be immediately be struck by the fact, that the training of teachers to teach the performing and visual arts in schools is not a priority.
Private schools are heavily invested in arts education and house excellent arts facilities; consequently, highly qualified arts educators find it more conducive to teach in these schools. The pool of suitably qualified teachers open/ available to teach in the township schools is thus reduced compounding an already dismal state of affairs.
The situation in most township schools is dire. The creative arts are designated learning area but unfortunately there are very few teachers trained to teach creative arts to Grades 4 to 9. Teachers are allocated to teach the learning area because they have several free periods in their timetable or are selected on a purely arbitrary basis.
We have teachers at FET level, teaching the performing and visual arts, who have very little content knowledge and are unable to guide their learners effectively, resulting in learners underachieving through no fault of their own. There is a general misguided perception concerning the depth of content knowledge, talent, discipline, energy and passion needed to teach the arts. Most principals and staff in township schools have not experienced nor are they aware of the transformation a school can undergo if the creative arts are properly taught. Good arts education at all phases has the ability to change a school from a negative to a positive space and create a sense of community and social cohesion.
Research in the USA indicates that there is a definite connection between arts education and academic achievement. Learners involved in the arts gain in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills’ (1999Study: Learning in and Through the Arts).
The South African Council for Education (SACE) requires teachers to have an undergraduate degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in order to be a registered teacher. The pool of arts educators who follow this route will diminish even more as the funds allocated to universities for arts education decreases and the focus shifts to science and technology.
To the best of my knowledge SACE has not taken into account the government’s wider vision for skills development with regard to the National Development Framework. Learners who are trained under this policy have engaged in oral and written forms and are required to produce evidence to re-enforce and confirm what they know.
Teachers who have taken the SETA route and have been deemed competent at NFQ level 4 (Further Education Certificate in Performing Arts, ID 48808, equivalent to a matric) and have trained in Facilitation NFQ5 (Facilitate Learning in Arts & Culture Modules & Programmes, ID 115487, equivalent to first year university level), are not permitted to teach in schools even though they have content knowledge and practical experience in the art form they have specialised in. They are more than competent to teach the creative arts Grades 4 to 9 and their specialised art form at FET level. We have a group of arts educators suitably trained, dedicated to the arts and enthusiastic about teaching but unable to transfer their skills to learners because they are not SACE registered. In addition, there are a number of university trained arts practitioners with a diploma who are in the same position as the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) trained graduates. If these teachers were permitted into the schools, we would be able to alleviate the backlog of skilled arts educators and assist the practicing creative arts teacher to become more effective in the classroom.
I am therefore suggesting that SACE reconsiders its requirements for registering teachers and re-evaluates its criteria and takes into consideration the relevant factors contributing to the poor teaching of the arts in the majority of South African schools.
We need another category of teacher which recognises the SAQA qualification under the National Framework Policy and diploma graduates from universities. Both of the above mentioned categories need to be in possession of an accepted teaching certificate either from SAQA or a university before they can be registered.
I consequently recommend that this group of arts educators be categorised as assistant teachers and permitted to teach in schools during school hours. This can only improve the state of education in our schools as engagement in the arts is part of a well-rounded school curriculum and an integral part of the development of each human being.
‘The arts are a major area of human cognition, one of the ways in which we know about the world and express our knowledge. Much of what is said in the arts cannot be said in another way. To withhold artistic means of understanding is as much a malpractice as to withhold mathematics… Since schools traditionally develop only linguistic and logical/mathematical skills, they are missing an enormous opportunity to develop the whole child’ (Dr Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education,www.artworksforkids.org).
The Saturday Arts Academy is one of the Sibikwa Arts Centre’s cornerstone projects. Aimed at filling the gap in arts education, the Academy was established in 1996 and hosts between 120-130 learners each year. Sibikwa offers learners aged 6 to 24 years classes in dance, drama, music, visual arts, photography and recorder.
The Saturday Arts Academy has over the years launched many careers in the arts or served as a bridge to institutions of higher learning. Unique in Gauteng the Saturday Arts Academy seeks to equip young people with arts knowledge and skills and provide training in leadership, life skills and interpersonal skills. Educators have observed that learners attending the Saturday Arts Academy show a marked improvement in literacy, communicate more effectively and are able to focus and concentrate on the school task at hand. Many of our learners secure places at institutions of higher learning with the assistance of Sibikwa.
Each year learners enter into exams run by recognized national institutions such as the Speech and Drama College South Africa for Drama. Sibikwa strives for excellence, limits classes to a maximum of 24 and focuses on quality teaching and individual attention therefore there are a limited number of places available at the Academy.
Anyone interested in joining the Saturday Arts Academy is invited to come along and find out more about the classes. Our dedicated and motivated team of staff will answer questions concerning the content of the courses offered and the requirements. alternatively you can call Michael on 011 422 4359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for Application is the 09 December 2016.
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Come join us this Sunday the 30 Oct 2016 at Sibikwa Arts Centre as our Saturday Arts Academy Learners present their Speech and Drama Exam pieces directed by Lehlohonolo Dube and Phumla Ndaba. the event starts at 09h00 and will end at 13h00. entrance is free.