CREATIVE RIGHT BRAIN-Zululand District, 5 years ago but still active.

Five years ago, Mzameleni Magwaza was one of one hundred young people from 20 rural schools in the Zululand District who came for weekend training at Magudu Lodge in Pongola.

This training in right brain methods was sponsored by the Department of Education who paid for the training, and the Office of the Premier (Dr Zweli Mkhize), who paid for the accommodation and food. It was a marvelous 3 days of bonding and learning.

Teachers trained in right brain methods, working with their groups who would start Dancing Pencils Writing Clubs when back at school. One person of the 100 learners whose life changed in that weekend was Mzameleni Magwaza. He is a 3rd year Roseburgh College in Journalism and keen to do more on music yet continue creative writing to that of being a writer and mentor for his then,  Empilweni Secondary School in KwaNongoma (Njoko Reserve).

On Tuesday (15th Aug 2017) from Nongoma, to Malvern to see produced material from their 2012 right brain training. There were beautifully publishable works produced including, “The Young Minds”, “Zululand Warriors” and Pongolo Warriors” both languages, IsiZulu and English as their writing languages of choice.

 

Felicity Keats Morrison (Dancing Pencils Founder) during Mzameleni’s surprise visit at Malvern earlier this week. 

Felicity with Mzameleni looking at Felicity’s latest book about Dancing Pencils history. Titled, “I Do Not Write, Therefore, I am” sequel to Dancing Pencils. This book is part of September 2017 Book Launch.

Felicity, the founder of the project was amused and offered Mzameleni and her teacher, Ms Zulu of Empilweni Sec. School a chance to come and train as Mentors. He will be offering his services to education departments and training writing clubs, primarily Empilweni Secondary with more 45 learners’ continuous creative writings. Also for the community of Nongoma and for school learners. Thank you for your interest, Mzameleni. Further more, our special thanks goes to Ms Zulu for the care of our future (kids) which needs to be nurtured and utilized to diagnose solutions for our developing country with its pretty-bad literacy levels! This right brain knowledge is badly needed”

This is also a build up to our annual book launch for 2017. The launch takes place by the 8th and 9th of September 2017 at the BAT Centre in Durban, KZN. One of the trained mentor from the same Magudu training, has been Senzo Zulu, who’s doing amazingly well and we hold pride on his confidence. The fact that he’s prepared to divert his career from “accounting” to be a creative writer.

 Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project. “Unearth African Talents, Nurture, Preserve and Utilize” 

 

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