Dancing Pencils hope for Big 5 Hlabisa Municipality to Establish Writing Clubs- Could Help Literacy Development.

We are very proud of Ayanda Hlabisa, our publicist, who attended a Big 5 Hluhluwe and Hlabisa Youth Summit in Hluhluwe, 14 to 16 of July 2017 at the Protea Hotel. He successfully promoted Dancing Pencils Writing Clubs with which the summit delegates loved has and has faith on it. 

It would be establish and run under youth policy guidelines for municipality in the next five years and beyond so long writing clubs remain included as one of the elements required to equip and develop youngsters of the rural Big 5 Hlabisa (UMkhanyakude District). Dancing Pencils training mentors to head various clubs established and good thing is from these writing and reading clubs, our youth and adults, their voices would discovered get heard by the public, nurtured, preserved and utilized. Mentors to be trained includes young people from the area. They are the one responsible for effective running of their respective clubs. 

Afterwards, they will be part of our annual book launches held yearly towards the end of the year.

The truth is, without being able to read and write nothing can be greatly achieved and sustained. Dancing Pencils hope to personally implement the training’s in Hluhluwe. The summit was focused on developing a policy for the youth and having writing clubs included on the policy is indeed good news for Dancing Pencils as we looking forward being the implementer s since we got the knowledge of the how part. Developing rural areas and youth from rural gives us joy and we complimenting the Project and Youth Acting Manager Mr Slindelo “Djtsauzin” Dlamini and the Municipality Manager Dr V.J Mthembu for inviting Dancing Pencils to be part of the progressive youth conference of this nature.

They were many other stakeholders present and presented their activities relating to the youth. Just to mention the few, KZN office of the Premier, The Future Sharpers (TFS-Youth Club based in Katlehong-JHB) by Ntokozo Mwelase who is a residential guest motivator on Youth TV (YOTV-SABC 1)

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) touched more on businesses and funding criteria. Cllr Makhosonke B. Sithole (former youth officer of then Hlabisa local municipality). He stressed that they have submitted proposal for the youth funding proposals to NYDA but nothing happened and the representative from NYDA apologized on behalf of NYDA and advised that Makhosonke do submits again. One of the resolutions around NYDA was the lovely objective, suggested by delegates that they need to have a directorate or official from NYDA be based and addresses Big 5 Hlabisa youth development and funding concerns within Hlabisa/Hluhluwe.

Department of Correctional Services along with ex-offenders rendered a lovely, eye-opening presentation done by warder and the two ex-offenders who were sentenced in Sandton (JHB Prison) and a male ex-offender stressed to the youth that such gatherings are of good value and must be converted into fruition through youth conscious acts. Warned youth of not to break the law because imprisonment is nor child’s play. This ex-offender said he was convicted for stealing cars and he’s grateful to God to be out of prison without any serious injuries from the prison.

Ayanda presenting Dancing Pencils activities and right brain methods highlights to Big 5 Hlabisa municipality youth forum and municipality management, council.

The female ex-offender said she cried from Nongoma until reaching Johannesburg and shared her personal experience and also stressed the fact that the life in prison is not she wish anyone could experience or taste. She is grateful to be out of prison and seeing the light again. Though she has criminal record but she’s hoping for better future. She is with hope to establish her salon in Durban. They were many departments of government including DSD, Health, IEC, and Labour

 

Office of the premier has been given a gift of a book titled Dancing Pencils because it is breaking down more on Dancing Pencils. Both parties Exchanged numbers for further discussion with Nkosi Gumede of the KZN office of the Premier and Ayanda of Dancing Pencils.

Africa Foundation, Ayanda had Malabela book “The Rise” for them and they are going to give more attention into Dancing Pencils profile which we are convinced it would meet their funding criteria for Dancing Pencils’ Writing Clubs to run effectively besides financial hindrances.

The summit developed and adopted the youth policy in which included establishing writing and reading clubs. During implementation stage, Dancing Pencils would be responsible for actual implementation through its training’s on creative right brain.

These are our initiatives, bridging the gap between Dancing Pencils and municipalities, last month we presented for ILembe District municipality council and they were very positive and interested for the project to be sustained and integrated.

We won’t stop unearthing African talents and artists.

We would continue engage municipalities and other relevant stakeholders and foundations for sponsorship of rural kids’ books printing and book launches.

 Partnership would be of a great help for the literacy development project.

 

Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project (NPO-FR-2002/020905/08)

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