Today started at midnight, with a New Year’s celebration, Together for Development style! We started with a presentation by students who wore their national costumes and introduced them to the group. That was followed by sparklers and dancing in the dining hall, as we brought in the new year.
Today was Arts and Creativity day. We let people sleep in a bit, and began the morning with a poetry writing session, designed to unleash creativity and show everyone they have an inner poet. The participants shared some really beautiful words, one of which we’ve printed at the end of this post.
In the afternoon, we had a series of workshops that use theatre, improv and art to teach life skills–everything from conflict resolution and mediation to non-violent communication and activism. Through role-playing, we explored different scenarios, and multiple ways in which they could play out.
After dinner and umbrella groups, we gathered in the assembly hall for “African choir.” One of our coordinators, Shakes, is a wonderful musician, and taught all four parts of Shoshaloza to the group. It was a really fun and joyous rendition, and you can see from this video.
We leave you tonight with a beautiful poem by one of our participants, Miyanda Mahlangu, which she wrote during today’s morning session.