Imbali history

The Imbali Visual Literacy Project was created as a project of Women For Peace in 1988, when it became clear from the results of a children’s national art competition that children who had little or no access to art at school showed extremely poor perceptual skills.

The project attempted to address this inequality in basic visual literacy, by developing strategies for training teachers with no arts background in poorly resourced schools, enabling them to teach art and creative education in such contexts.

This work still continues because although arts and culture is now an official learning area in the school curriculum very few teachers have any formal training in this area. However, in the past ten years, Imbali has in addition responded directly to another issue in the country – the urgent need to confront poverty.

Imbali has therefore developed its mission and extended its scope of activity towards creative skills-development and training, in specific income-generating activities such as craft and design.

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Organisational structure

Imbali has a Board, Management Committee, Director, Project Manager, and a permanent staff of excellent facilitators and materials writers, as well as a number of professional specialists from different arts, crafts, design and education disciplines.

We are dependent on funding to run the organisation, as our target constituencies are largely unable to pay fees.


Status of organisation

Non-Profit Organisation: Registered as an NPO with Department of Social Development (NPO 063-352)


Organisational accreditation

Imbali is:

  • One of the few  Accredited Crafts Training Provider with the CATHS Seta in South Africa; accreditation number 613/P/000245/2014

  • A Registered Vendor – Gauteng Shared Services Centre

  • Accredited by Wits University as a professional teacher-education training provider to run ACE (Advanced Certificate of Education)