More Than A Dream

It is hard to be a young person who has a solution that might have a positive impact on the community but cannot implement it because they are not listened to, this changed when Busi Mkhumbuzi the founder of Rise initiative and her partner Thami Pooe held a three day workshop with Grade 8-12 learners of Madlala High School. The workshop was held at the Justicia Digital Learning Campus(JDLC).

This initiative aims to help young people address social issues that affect them and their communities through creative dancing, singing and acting. The main focus of Rise is to address issues that are related to human rights, youth empowerment and women’s empowerment because these are the main factors that have been holding South Africa back as a nation from succeeding.

Busi and Thami had together developed a toolkit to help young people to create compelling theatre productions to address social issues. The toolkit included Community mapping, Drama techniques and Performances also called the Rise One-play Festival.

“It is amazing how much knowledge young rural people have to actually find solutions to issues that affect their community.” said-Busi Mkhumbuzi.

Community mapping workshop- this is when a large group of young people is divided into five groups, where each group chooses and decides on a topic that thy feel strongly about e.g water shortages.

The purpose of this workshop was for learning and engaging with the community in a fun and creative way, which allowed them to unlock or come with ideas and issues not only on the nature and causes of the issues that affect them but also realistic solutions.

Drama techniques workshop- Now that the learners had engaged with the community they had to use art to come up with compelling plays or stories about the issues that affect them un their communities.

This includes a number of activities that introduced and taught the young people about the importance of timing, improvising, trust and vocals, all conducted through a set of different games.

Drama performance- This was the last day of the workshop where learners implemented all that they learnt in the past two days of the workshop. This is when the Rise One-play Festival takes place a group of young people form a concept of what their play is going to be about, practice on it and actually perform their play.

This becomes real because the different teams were actually graded and the first team(Water shortage) won the competition, their play was realistic and also had humour in it which was relatable.

“I am very happy about this initiative because we are able to express issues that affect the community we live in.” said Jessica Ndlovu, Madlala High School student.

The JDLC barn was filled with echoes of hands clapping, feet tapping and African melodies and the marula sanctuary felt like another world of endless possibilities.

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Drama techniques workshop- Now that the learners had engaged with the community they had to use art to come up with compelling plays or stories about the issues that affect them un their communities.

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Community mapping workshop- this is when a large group of young people is divided into five groups, where each group chooses and decides on a topic that thy feel strongly about e.g water shortages.

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This initiative aims to help young people address social issues that affect them and their communities through creative dancing, singing and acting.

GWF Media Intern Mfumo Thobela

 

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