New Era (Windhoek)

25 January 2013

Namibia: Grootfontein After School Arts Programme Resumes in February

Grootfontein — Arts classes at the Grootfontein-based Jossy Arts Consultancy (JAC) is set to resume on February 11.

The arts company, which initiated and started the Grootfontein After School Arts Progamme, or ASAP in short last May as an artistic cum literary venture that employs the active involvement of art-minded residents in and around Grootfontein in different art genre, stresses the importance of reading, writing and creativity as far as Education is concerned. In this regard arts plays an important role as an intervention, educational and recreational tool in the mobilisation of communities, including enhancing its culture.

The aims of the arts classes are to equip participants with the elements of arts, increase their artistic ability and also to discover (latent) artistic talent of the participants. The objectives of the arts classes are to keep the community, mostly children and youth away from anti-social/harmful influences (drug abuse) after school and during weekends and holidays. Participants in the arts classes were already involved poetry, theatre, crafts and storytelling. Classes have been taking place at the Umulunga Community Hall and have been given for free by the JAC with the sponsorship of the Grootfontein Municipality considering the positive impact the arts centre have on the community as far as community development through arts is concerned. Another consideration was the genuinity of the idea as such a centre is the first to be opened in the town and district.

Through the Otjozondjupa Region's Education Director's Office, the JAC has been granted permission to integrate school pupils in the programme after school only and the JAC is proud to have pupils from all schools in Grootfontein and out of school youths interested. The arts classes basically artistically advocate and educate the importance of arts in society while striving at addressing social issues through arts. This lead towards the advancement, recognition, development and preservation of arts by the community.

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