Together with PYE Global and Earthchild, a two day Creative Classroom training was held in Cape Town over the weekend. There were 41 school teachers who attended and many of them began the day with the statement "I am not creative". The common themes they struggle with are discipline, engagement, students getting bored and the big one, TIME.
One of the co-leaders for the two days, Steph, commented on the workshop “Through this training we offer teachers the time to reconnect to their own creativity, to reflect on their practice and to experience the undeniable joy that creative play brings to us all. We offer them a toolbox full of easy to lead arts based activities that will enliven the learning in their classrooms, not by telling them about these activities but by showing them how they work and giving them the opportunity to experience being the participants.”
Steph also reported that “This morning, one teacher said that they used to be so creative but since starting their teaching work they have had less and less time to practice. At the end of the day that same teacher said "My spark has been reignited!” “
One of our Cape Town based mentors, Tandiwe Mguli, also participated in the workshop who said “It was a great honour to be part of such an amazing experience. The workshop was a success. Every person demonstrated committed, team spirit and eagerness to learn. I learnt so much from the workshop. My take away is on how to implement Edupeg techniques to create a creative classroom. I also learnt how to unlock that potential to build self-confidence in teachers and learners. I discovered that creative arts is a true witness and true reflection of inner self and it needs to be fed and shared in a Culture of Error environment where taking a risk is encouraged. Everyone was thrilled to be there. Big thanks to the facilitators for doing such a great job.”
A big shout-out to the sponsors, Truworths and Tsogo Sun, for making these two days possible and all the behind-the-scenes coordination from the partners involved, PYE Global and Earthchild. Thanks to the teachers who attended and for being open to the experience and bringing such energy and enthusiasm with you for the entirety of the workshop. We had 24 representatives from 11 of our schools: Northwood, Ludwe Ngamlana, Intshinga, Woodville, Vuyani, Homba, Soyisile, Siyazingisa, Lwazi, Sivile and Xolani Primary.
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein
This video was taken at the end of the first day, demonstrating how energising the workshop truly was.