South Africa’s education crisis is like series of never-ending trials. Educators must teach subjects they are not trained in, nor passionate about and learning materials are not current enough to equip young people with resilience in a changing world. Society teaches young people to compete as a measure of success or failure, fostering unhealthy perceptions of excellence and thus de-valuing individual creative expression.
In our schools network there are opportunities to nurture leaders who can harness the universal language of the human condition to transcend gender, religion, disability and race, overcoming social limitations to creative healing. There is also a need for raising awareness around psychosocial support in communities who suffer from both economic AND emotional exclusion.
Unlike conventional NPO’s, the organisation was developed using learnings from a decade of research on best practice. This has helped us do more with less. Having secured a national network of 86 schools through the festival and strategic collaborations, our aims for 2018 – 2021 include:
- Facilitating forums for youth and their elected representatives to advocate for community viewpoints to identify resources required for healing.
- Incorporate peer-to-peer learning systems and workshops to offer teachers new approaches to hands-on methods for understanding the process of how people learn.
- Raise awareness of the importance of teaching and learning critical thinking for young people to adopt to unpredictable future world of work.
EduCape was established in 2007 specialising in Drama workshops with a focus on the Stanislavsky Acting Method. We work at the nexus between performing arts and education.
Our flagship project encourages schools to ‘beat the Bard’ by performing abridged Shakespearean plays in their local professional theatres. The program helps young people access to the world of opportunity though the confidence of having overcome a great challenge.
Since 2009, the festival has grown from 1 school /15 learners - to 86 schools and under 2000 youth in 2017.We have translated Shakespeare into (IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans) as well as supported the development of South African Sign Language (SASL) through engaging with 2 deaf schools who watched performances in 2015 with assistance of an interpreter.
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