The MTN Bushfire Schools’ Festival was introduced in 2010 and it was developed to augment formal arts and culture curriculum in public schools by presenting performance and interactive workshops for students and teachers from high schools throughout Swaziland under the tutelage of dramatists, musicians, artists and other creative industry professionals.
The MTN Bushfire Schools’ Festival, comprising of two parts, the MTN Bushfire High Schools’ Festival and the Primary Schools’ Festival supported by MTN Bushfire and the European Union (EU), plays an important role in the objectives of this festival.
The EU funded SUPPORT TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROJECT II whose objective is to support increased access to primary education and improving the quality of primary education helps the Schools Festival to successfully host participation in the “Open Day” segment of the Schools’ Festival, enabling Swazi primary school students to be exposed to the many “languages of the arts.” The festival has seen a participation of over 7,600 students and teachers to date. The enthusiasm of participation affirms the need for outreach to students, and highlights the eagerness for them to learn.
We are excited about the continuous growth of this important and inspired festival element and offer a BIG thank you to the Schools Festival sponsors and the Swaziland Ministry of Education for their support in helping us expose Swaziland’s youth to the magic of the arts.