ARTS FOR HUMANITY PLANTS CREATIVE SEEDS AMONG DURBAN SCHOOLS
By: Lindokuhle Ndaba
Students at Hunt Road Secondary school were treated to a workshop on Art and Human Rights by DUT based NGO, Arts for Humanity, last week.
The organisation goes from school to school promoting art and poetry, underlining the most important right in the bill of rights – The right to freedom of expression. In doing so they help to give the school’s campuses an artistic facelift ,and much more importantly keep the message of hope going amongst school children.
The artworks as well as the poems were chosen by the school teachers, and the students were then gathered together to recite the poem in unison.
Thereafter they were given time to sketch their own picture relating to their own lives, coupled with its own poem.
The gesture was well received by the school’s grade eleven teacher, Mrs R. Gowthum-Seebadri.
She said, “As a teacher I have always been searching for different ways to teach poetry, and I have already started to implement the lessons from the workshop in the classroom. It encourages learners to look beyond the paper and notes and teaches them that they can interpret poems in their own way.”
AFH director and project designer Jan Jordaan was very hands-on with the learners, assisting with the facilitation of the workshop.
He said, “As part of this project we mobilise artists and poets worldwide, to create work on various human rights issues. The kind of crisis issues that we pick up from the media such as Aids, Orphans mushrooming and social injustices.”
Jan continued by saying that in conjunction with 20 years of democracy, NGO’s are making a huge effort to get the society to buy into the bill of rights and the constitution.