Government Looking To Introduce New Subject In Schools And Further Education

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The Department of Arts and Culture has proposed that Dance and Theatre be integrated into the school curriculum as subjects, in hopes that it sparks learners interests to pursue jobs in the sector. 


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In a new Theatre and Dance policy document gazetted for public comment on 1 July 2022, the Department of Arts and Culture proposed that more cultural subjects be integrated into the school curriculum at primary and secondary school levels for vocational purposes and so that learners benefit from the cognitive, creative and problem-solving skills that are enhanced when engaging in the arts.

They hope that the introduction of subjects in Dance and Theatre will lead to more job pathways in the sector. 

The policy proposes that there should be at least one publicly-funded tertiary education and training institution teaching theatre and dance, in each province that provides certificate, diploma and undergraduate courses for practitioners as well as educators, producers, technicians, designers, administrators and entrepreneurs in the dance and theatre sector.

The department says that all tertiary institutions that provide training for dance and theatre practitioners would also include training in an arts administration/management foundation module that covers areas such as cultural policy, entrepreneurship (marketing, raising capital, financial management, budgeting, etc) and the rights of artists.

The implementation of the Arts Education curriculum will be monitored at all schools to ensure that the education is delivered by qualified arts practitioners. 

They plan to offer annual online and physical courses for arts critics who will work with mentors for the year-long period. 

The Department also plans to provide technical training courses in aspects of theatre and dance production to a number of people in each province across the country as well as providing opportunities for these individuals to get practical experience at festivals and theatres held all over South Africa. 

The individuals chosen for such training and mentoring will be inclusive, such as having at least an equal number of men and women or favouring women as well as those living with disabilities. 

The training will be developed to cater for those with physical, mental or other disabilities so that they may operate independently or so that they can be integrated into mainstream work as they choose.

Those chosen to be mentored for the year-long period will be provided with stipends while they work with their mentors. 


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