Peer Educator Programme

A recently developed initiative, the Peer Educator Programme has been designed to encourage and educate talented and enthusiastic young artists from the Art Workshops into becoming mentors of art to their peers. Spanning the length of the year, the students are taught basic principles in Drawing, Colour & Paint, Recycling and Murals/ Printmaking. They are also taught how to design an effective lesson plan and how to effectively assess their peers. Lastly, the peer educators are taught in the various areas of Life Skills and what it is to be a responsible young person today.

Just imagine Program

We believe that the arts enable children to reach within themselves and discover the range and variety of what they are capable of. In its broadest sense therefore art is fundamental to humanity and has the power to transform lives.

Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.
John Berger ‘Ways of Seeing,” 1972

With this in mind the Just Imagine program was developed. Using our experience of the multifaceted impact that art can engender, the program takes a ‘whole child’ approach. Art is viewed as a vehicle for creativity as well as a tool to engender social development and foster cognitive change.– Just Imagine!

Orphans Outreach Project

Through a curriculum developed by art educators, art is integrated into the daily life of children providing the opportunity for communication, learning and social change.  Adopting a peer orientated approach, the curriculum is implemented by Mwamba’s Boys (a group of rehabilitated street-kids) who have been mentored over the past six years by two of Zambia’s leading artists, Mulenga Chafilwa and Mulangala Mwamba. As living examples of the changes that art can bring, Mwamba’s Team teach one day a week at participating orphanages helping to build environments where not only does art education thrive but also through curriculum involvement, a child’s sense of identity and citizen participation is strengthened.

“Just Imagine” Children’s Art Workshop: What Makes Me Happy

In pursuit of the perception and understanding of happiness, between March/April 2012 stART distributed art materials to over 10 orphanages and palliative care clinics under the CIDRZ program in Zambia’s capital Lusaka and Mfuwe in Eastern Province.  The children participated in a painting competition under the theme “What Makes Me Happy”.  Over 200 entries were submitted. Guided by the selection committee composed of a panel of art educators, fifty of the best drawings and paintings were selected and the young artists were invited to attend a stART organized 2-day workshop. The objective of the workshop was to provide the children with an introduction to arts education and interact with other talented children under the guidance of four art educators.

As a final output of the workshop, each child created a painting putting to use the new techniques learnt. From this a selection of paintings were chosen and showcased at the ‘Ubwile Exhibition,’ in the children’s gallery . A space especially reserved for children’s art. Proceeds generated from the sale of these works go to the clinic / orphanage of which the children are a part to fund the purchase of art materials and further arts education initiatives.

Professional development program.

Zambia’s leading artists are provided with the opportunity for learning, dialogue and sharing with other local and regional professional artists.