Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
The measure responds to the need that exists in South Africa for children and youth to have access to the arts, and recognizes the value of the arts as an important component of education and personal development. While the educational curriculum expects children to have access to professional theatre and other art forms as a compulsory element of creative arts, this goal is far from being realised for the majority of children and young people in SA. Theatre4Youth was devised as a mechanism to bring the relevant stakeholders together in striving to grow the industry, eradicating obstacles that prevent theatre from touring to schools and creating more opportunities for artists and audiences by actively engaging with education. The programme aimed to build greater stability for theatre companies, and to motivate teachers and learners through exposure to high quality, transformational theatre experiences. Key objectives therefore are: ● to increase access to the theatre for young audiences for children and youth in schools through developing strategies to foster collaborations between theatre practitioners and educators, ● to develop an interactive online tool “Theatre4Youth” which allows for increasing interaction between artists and schools, ● to develop and support theatre companies to increase the economic viability and quality of their output and in so doing tour productions in diverse languages to rural, inner city and peri-urban areas, and ● to raise awareness of the value of arts for children and young people through communicating about this programme and through the related “Take a Child to the Theatre Today” campaign.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
• Making arts and culture accessible to all children and young people, regardless of language, economic standing or cultural background. • Creating mechanisms for ensuring that more children and young people have access to appropriate professional theatre in their own language/s in their schools, crèches of community spaces. • Strengthening the theatre sector to be more sustainable by supporting artists to make and tour work for children and young people to these audiences. • Creating relationships between professional theatre makers and educational facilities, which will be the basis for more development in the future. • Increasing public awareness of the value of the arts for children and young people, particularly amongst the educational sector, as well as more broadly.
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Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: