What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Through the twinning model , Jungle Theatre Company has developed strong relationships with privileged schools that support the twinning programme, some of which fostered an on going relationship with their twinned underprivileged partner school or organisation inviting them year on year to participate in the twinning programme.
The twinning model has brought together young people awaiting criminal trial who are homed in a ‘Place of Safety’ with middle class high school learners. They worked directly together in a drama workshop that was an extension of the theatre production which they had come to watch together.
The twinning model has also brought learners with special educational needs together with mainstream schools, creating inclusive education interventions and collaborations.
So far we have reached approximately 7200 learners and 60 teachers.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Jungle Theatre Company is proposing to run a minimum of 1 twinning programme annually. It is anticipated that the schools engaged in 2012/13 will return to the programme for the second and third year with the same partner school so that the schools build a relationship.
Through this process, the schools, through the learners and teachers will help to cultivate empathy for the diverse cultures and peoples living and learning in the wider community. It is intended that these connections will lead to other shared experiences beyond the twinning programme.
Through the twinning programme, underprivileged learners and under-resourced schools will have access to an equal learning opportunity and experience new types of learning that are not readily available for learners and teachers.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
There are 2 main barriers – the first being the engagement of underprivileged schools that are considered ‘failing’ by the education department and therefore are not able to participate in programmes out of school premises during teaching time. The timing of exams and the required preparation clashing with Jungle Theatre Company’s anticipated roll out being the second barrier. Wide research around available venues, suitability of location will need to be conducted.
With both of these barriers Jungle Theatre Company will engage with the education department to best suit the constraints and timetables of schools.
Access to a suitable theatre venue may also delay the project as Jungle Theatre Company will need to slot in with the requirement and commitments of venues.
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Target communities and a suitable venue will have been identified for the twinning programme
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The programme will have completed one cycle with 10 schools participating
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The organisation was born during a time of great change in South Africa. In 1995, Jungle Performance was a collective of street performers using a range of creative disciplines to embrace all sectors of society. From 2001 onwards, it focused on environmental themes, covering a range of social, urban and conservation issues becoming one of the first organisations to take environmental theatre to schools and communities in South Africa. Formalising as a non profit organisation in 2004, Jungle Theatre Company has partnered with a range of organisations to create programmes that are original, relevant and engaging to a young and very diverse audience. Using a range of developmental and ground-breaking approaches, Jungle Theatre Company has trained young artists in this unique style.