Some of the RedCap team showing off their more arty side! Check out more photos here. PICTURE: PIERRE TOSTEE / REDCAP FOUNDATION
There’s nothing quite like a bright and cheery classroom to stir up the creative juices! Thanks to some terrific team effort from a group of RedCap volunteers the art classrooms from St. Christopher and Nyakana Primary School were transformed into a creative learning space... and the learners couldn’t be happier!
It was all hands in as a small team of RedCap volunteers gave up time from their busy schedules to freshen up the art classrooms from the two RedCap Schools in rural KwaDukuza, KwaZulu Natal. Volunteers worked together to paint the multicoloured mural on the walls and add much needed shelving to provide space for art supplies.
Funds for the classroom refurbishments were raised through the exciting fashion collaboration with Mr Price and leading London fashion designer Henry Holland. Holland teamed up with Mr Price in 2012 and 2013 to design a trendy range of t-shirts and dresses with ten Rand from every sale donated to the Iciko programme. Iciko focuses on primary school art, dance, drama and music classes in low income communities and Zilungisele Primary School in KwaDukuza was the first of the five RedCap schools to have their art classroom refurbished late last year.
Mrs Bongekele Mbonambi, St Christopher’s Foundation Phase HOD, was extremely excited to see the new and improved art class. She explained that the classroom environment plays a huge role in a teaching and learning situation.
Mrs Mbonambi has already seen a change in St Christopher since the RedCap Foundation became involved in 2004 and she couldn't wait for the learners to experience their colourful and creative classroom. “When learners enter this classroom their expectations of the lesson will immediately be lifted. It will help them to learn about art!”
One of the volunteers Casey Fredman heard about the paint day through Facebook, and jumped at the chance of being involved. “We can get stuck in our own little bubble and think everything is fine, but there are a lot of schools and communities that need help,” Casey explained while painting.
And she’s right, the RedCap Foundation is always on the lookout for volunteers. To keep in the loop about future paint days or events like our Facebook Page and sign up to our Mailing List.
Let’s inspire tomorrow’s heroes together!