Rural children in South Africa get very few opportunities to experience quality visual art classes. Or any art in fact. The African Angels Independent School provides a fantastic education to over 100 rural children just outside East London, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The children who attend our school come from two local townships where art classes are ... non-existent. School is the only place where they can experience the liberating world of visual art, and you can help us!
Over 140 children attend the African Angels Independent School in the impoverished Eastern Cape of South Africa. Parents enroll their children at the Angels because of its affordable fees, and the excellent standard of education. Most of the children at the school experience significant trauma (emotional, physical, sexual abuse) and live in poverty stricken situations. Art is being introduced into the curriculum for all children to help express their emotions and develop emotional intellect.
Every week all children at the school will participate in art classes, in a newly renovated classroom under the guidance of a qualified art teacher. Art will be included in the school curriculum and will form part of every school day life. Exposing the children to regular art will help the kids express their emotions and thoughts through their art. We might even find a budding Van Gogh in our midst!
This initiative will help over 100 rural children, who live in severely compromised situations (no electricity, no running water, no sanitation, no proper housing) to to think creatively, with an open mind; to observe and describe, to analyze and interpret; to express feelings, with or without words; to practice problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts and, importantly, have fun. Join us to make this happen!