This term’s School Holiday Programme supported by DHL took place from 2 to 6 July 2018. The children, aged between 5 and 17, explored the theme ‘respecting and accepting each other’. They were divided into groups according to their ages. Our Community Art Counselling facilitators put together a programme for the week that incorporated various art and drama (for the teens) activities. We had a great team of volunteers that joined the programme, as well as many expressing interest in wanting to continue their volunteering with Lefika La Phodiso after the School Holiday Programme.
The ECD group (4 – 7yrs) explored stories, words and phrases around what respect and acceptance is. This culminated in the group using their artworks from the week to create and decorate a “Respect Tree” – made only from recyclable material!
The junior group (8 – 11yrs) took a similar approach and built up the week’s artworks culminating in a hanging mobile that spoke to what respect and acceptance means to them, how it can be shown and received, and why it is important.
The teen group (12 – 17yrs) approached the theme by combining it with the topic of ‘safe and unsafe’. This group combined drama and art to explore the theme, and created artworks about what respect means for them, as well as playing out scenes of respect and disrespect to engage them in positive problem solving skills.
With a successful School Holiday Programme behind us, we are looking forward to using the School Holiday Programme in Term 3 to further engage our youth in complex and relevant themes by using the arts.
Volunteer training for Term 3 takes place on 22 September 2018 (Volunteers need to fill out a Volunteer application form and provide a police clearance certificate) and the School Holiday Programme for Term 3 takes place from 1 – 5 Oct 2018 (tentatively).