Thembinkosi learners are taught the arts

Pinky interacting with learners.

Dramatic Skill Workshop’s star trainer and leader, Pinky Radebe, visited Thembinkosi LSEN School on August 24.

The self taught artist is a trainer of dramatic arts and is committed to sharing acting, dance and music skills by convening workshops.

“Our role is to visit primary schools around Ekurhuleni to train and equip their learners with skills pertaining to the arts.

When we visit schools to facilitate workshops we make sure to use the school learners in a dramatic show or skit to educate and entertain fellow learners.

Pinky interacting with learners.

Thereafter, the school can use the their own children to perform shows at fund-raisers or whenever they have functions,” said Pinky.

She said taking the workshops to different schools enables the learners to discover their talents at an early age.

“I strongly believe it is not necessary for primary schools to invite outside entertainers while their learners can perform entertaining shows. Now that spring is around the corner, learners should be creative and perform entertaining shows utilising their own skills,” said Pinky.

She said she was encouraged by a learner from Thembinkosi School for LSEN who is used to singing at home.

Training session Thembinkosi learners.

“We want to develop more young artists and actors/actresses. We are here to help them improve in areas they lack skills and to promote what they are doing well. I can tell that these learners are very talented. The programme we offer is part of the arts and culture syllabus.

School learners must be creative, motivated and energetic to perform. We make sure that no one is left behind. We don’t buy costumes for the learners’ shows – we make them create their own costumes,” said Pinky.

She said parents at Thembinkosi School for LSEN should encourage other families, whose children are living with a disability, to send these children to school because they have artistic talents as well.

Robert Mangwale

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