History of teacher training work

From 1999 to 2003, we trained many dozens of teachers in partnership with the MTN Art Institute, especially focusing on teachers throughout the Sedibeng area and from all over Ekurhuleni.

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In 2004 and 2005, we partnered with Wits University to deliver their Advanced Certificate of Education in Arts and Culture. This intensive programme trained 20 teachers in many aspects of arts and culture education.

In 2009 we were commissioned by the Gauteng Department of Education, GDE, to train 450 teachers in15 districts. This programme called “Experiencing Arts and Culture” consisted of introductory workshops in each of the 4 arts disciplines, music, drama, dance and visual art.

Through these workshops, teachers were exposed to an experiential basic introduction to teaching the different disciplines. They were involved in practical activities that can be easily adapted to classroom situations. They gained first hand experience and insight into how to engage with the Arts and Culture Learning Area in a creative way. Focus was given to creativity, communicating, expressing feelings, thoughts, points of view, technical skills, classroom orgnisation, materials and resources, designing and planning arts and culture lessons, and working with the NCS and assessment.

From 2009 to 2011 we again partnered with the MTN Foundation to train Arts and Culture teachers in the Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Free State Provinces. These programmes took the form of intensive one-week courses where teachers were accommodated at the site of the training and were intensively engaged in a range of creative activities as well as practical and theoretical issues relating to arts education.

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Our training takes teachers from a basic level in which they are highly supported, to the point where they can develop their own lesson materials. Teachers have been involved in every stage of writing and testing our teaching materials.

Between 2000 and 2011 have also developed teachers’ materials to accompany a number of major exhibitions in South African museums.

From our craft students and teachers

‘This course is giving me all good skills that I want in life. I am learning all kinds of handwork. Imbali is a project that helps people who need skills.’ Thapelo Mokgwelwa