The MTN Bushfire High Schools’ Festival and the newly launched Primary Schools’ Festival 2016 supported by MTN Bushfire and the European Union, will officially launch on April 7th.
This year, MTN Bushfire is pleased to announce a new addition to the Schools’ Festival line-up with the inclusion of a Primary Schools’ Open Day.
Every year the MTN Bushfire Schools’ Festival works towards providing young people in Swaziland sustainable access to the arts. The programme develops a unique platform for creative expression and dialogue and was created to counter the lack of a formal arts curriculum in public schools in Swaziland.
By presenting creative performances, workshops, educational seminars and interactive outreach programmes for participants from primary schools, high schools as well as teachers throughout the country, the festival brings to light the importance of the arts and underlines the various ways of using arts education to empower students through knowledge, self expression, comprehensive sexual health education and individualized action.
The fundamental aim of the festival is to:
-Provide a platform for personal & creative expression for young people;
-Support, facilitate and develop Arts education in Swaziland; and,
-Impact positive social behavior change and development in Swazi youth.
In collaboration with the Lusweti Institute for Health Development Communication, the MTN Bushfire Schools’ festival focuses on promoting positive Social Behavior Change, specifically positive health and development messages and tools concerning HIV and AIDS, health and development presented through the creative arts. Lusweti Institute for Health Development Communication is a Swazi non-governmental organization, dedicated to the creation and provision of innovative social behavior change communication programs.
The festival programme includes a number of elements;
The Teacher and Facilitator Workshops
This workshop oriented programme works to create a sustainable approach to arts education where participants are ultimately equipped with skills they can use throughout the academic year.
The Student Workshops
The Student workshop programme offers a full day of workshop for 150 high school students from across Swaziland, exposing them to the “many languages of the arts”, instilling confidence and inspiring creative self-expression.
Additionally, the full day of workshops strives to impart a message of positive social behavioral change. The event gives participants a taste of the arts and prepares them for future endeavours both in this field, and in life.
The High Schools’ Open Day
This is the biggest day of the festival and hosts around 600 students from 20 schools from across the country. The day demonstrates to students the various ways of using the arts for creative expression, and how to use the arts as a way to disseminate sexual health education and social behavioral change on a larger scale.
The Primary Schools’ Festival
Supported by MTN Bushfire and the EU, this new programme for 2016, the Primary Schools’ Open Day is based on the format of the High Schools’ Open Day with content adjusted to a more age appropriate approach to social behavioral change.
For more information on Schools' Festival  Click Here!, To have your school participate, download the application form HERE!
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