VUT Visual Arts and Design departments hosts Ramasukulo Secondary School Art exhibition
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VUT Visual Arts and Design departments hosts Ramasukulo Secondary School Art exhibition

One of the learners that performed

Qhawekazi Memani

The Visual Arts and Design Department hosted learners from Ramasukulo Secondary School on 26 September to showcase what they have learned as part of its outreach programme.

The event was themed ‘African identity’ and served as part of the month of September’s Heritage celebrations. The programme and proceedings were run by the learners, dressed up in traditional African outfits, who also exhibited what they have produced.

This flagship project for the faculty of Human Sciences started at the beginning of the year. The committee which is made up of representatives from each department (Visual Arts and Design, Hospitality, Tourism and PR Management, Legal Sciences, Communication & Education) identified critical areas in which the School needed help.  Creative arts were identified as one of the areas with a specific link to the arts and entrepreneurship. The Department of Visual Arts and Design opened up its facilities to teach the children on Saturdays. The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and PR Management, Legal Sciences, Communication & Education also assisting with subjects like English, tourism and legal matters.

“Our children are our greatest treasure. I encourage schools to take part in any programme that teaches entrepreneurship skills. We have won competitions and believe it is because of the partnership we have with VUT,” said Ntsikoe Mafokeng; Creative Arts and Sotho teacher at Ramasukulo Secondary School.

Mohlolo Msimanga, a grade 10 learner, said they are very motivated since participating in the programme.

“Entrepreneurship in creative arts allows one to think and kill the unemployment stigma facing the country and gives youth an opportunity to start their own businesses”, he said.

The project is funded by Islamic Relief South Africa, a non-profit organisation.

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