Yebo! launches programme for School for the Deaf
MBABANE – The ‘Yebo! Art Reach’ programme successfully launched its creative expression and visual arts programme at the School for the Deaf last week Wednesday.
Dane Armstrong of Yebo! Arts and Designs said despite the teachers’ strike that was dubbed ‘Waya Waya’, their programme launch was not affected because it is an extra-curricular activity done after school hours.
"We will be running arts classes as well as skill training for the pupils at the School for the Deaf. Basically it is a visual arts-based outreach programme for the deaf community," said Armstrong.
Dane and his team will spend six weeks at the school this term and will continue when schools reopen for the third term.
"This is an extra-curricular activity working with the core group of deaf vocational pupils. Their teachers will not be left out," Armstrong said.
The whole project is to be carried out for six months between July and December.
"The programme is being endorsed by the Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture," he added. The project is funded by the American Embassy in Swaziland and the Swiss-based foundation Sahee while other finances are raised from an online fund-raising initiatives.
The overarching goal of the project is to work with local artists to unlock the creative ability and expression of pupils at the High School for the Deaf.
This will be accomplished by providing hands on training and experiences through skills-training workshops and exposure to various visual art forms.
This is something extremely important for the development of young people, particularly those living with disabilities.
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