To introduce young children into the world of arts, the office of Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation has launched the Bokamoso Early Childhood Arts Development programme in Ratanda, Heidelberg.
The programme was piloted at the Thandisizwe Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) on Tuesday, March 16.
The all-important programme seeks to expose young kids to arts and creative education at the early stage of their development and learning, by targeting teachers.
“It is the vision of MEC Mbali Hlophe that what we here today to experience is a year-long sustainable programme of job creation and creative injection into supporting arts in school education. Our department has an existing Art in Schools programme that is running in high schools in the province.
But we have since discovered as department that there exists a gap between the time spent a child is first introduced to formal education; and the time a child is introduced into artistic education when they get into high school where arts in schools exists, hence we the need to introduce art in ECD centres,” said Sidney Ndlovu (pictued below) on behalf of the MEC who was engaged in a parliamentary debate.
As it has been observed that many kids get introduced extremely late into arts education at high schools if at all.
A majority of these young people, located at underprivileged and lesser resourced schools, will never experience any arts education in their lifetime hence arts education has been introduced in ECD centres.
“It gives me great joy that the MEC is introducing such a programme to ECD centres, as they are the backbone of formal education.
Arts is also a profession therefore let us support our children from an early age so they can thrive in artistic spaces,” said the founder of the Thandisizwe ECD centre.
The Bokamoso art project has the following objectives fostered socialization skills, early childhood education entry, developing friendships amongst children of the same age groups, develop an enthusiasm for learning as kids learn their initial lessons through different plays and structured activities,” said Sidney Ndlovu.
In its initial stage, the Bokamoso programme will run for 5-months with 10 facilitators who are in the arts and targeting 10 ECD centres.
The second phase expected to run for 12 months, will have 20 facilitators for 20 Centres.