SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Children across cultures have an inherent desire to express emotions and concerns, however, for various reasons communities have grown to ignore these critical voices. The Intwasa Schools Program is an initiative to provide platforms for creative expressions of children's voices.
GIVING VOICES TO THE VOICELESS
About Intwasa Schools Program

Intwasa Arts festival works with renowned practicing artists to inspire and assist children from various schools around Bulawayo learn to express their views, emotions, and concerns through aesthetic productions such as art and drawing, music, storytelling, poetry, dance, and movement.

WHEN

Unlike the Intwasa Festival the Intwasa Schools Program projects are spread out through the year.

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SCHOOLS INVOLVED
500
ACTIVE STUDENTS
3000
STUDENTS REACHED
Drama
High Schools Drama Competition

High Schools Drama Competitions are credited for the vibrancy of drama in schools. The reason for the success is the nature of our education system. It is a competitive system; about passing exams, about doing better than the next student. This culture of competing pervades the whole education system. So in other words drama competitions are here to stay.
The big prize is not in students winning competitions but discovering themselves and being able to tell their own stories using their own voices

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100 Girls - 100 Voices

100 Girls/100Voices is an advocacy initiative that uses poetry as a tool for civic engagement and social change. It involves a 100 girls taken from 20 different schools in and around Bulawayo, working on pieces of poetry that speak to the issues of child marriages, alignment of marriage laws, child sexual offences, the scourge called vuzu parties and the general empowerment of the girl child.
The initiatives takes the girls through a thematic training and poetry skills sharing journey. The thematic training empowers the girls with information on their rights as girls and general children’s rights. The girls also receive personal grooming – personal health and etiquette. They are then expected to use knowledge and skills learnt to advocate for the up-liftment of the girl child in their respective communities.
The 100 girls, with their diverse voices and stories, all speak to issues of participation, inclusion, diversity and engagement.

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In March this year I was very lucky to attend the first International Festival Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The one week festival management course is organized by Festivals Edinburgh in partnership with the British Council. My participation at the academy was courtesy of Intwasa’s long standing partnership with British Council Zimbabwe. My experience in Scotland, …

May 4, 2016
INTWASA CLOSES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
INTWASA CLOSES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Last week, on the 30th of April, Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo stopped accepting applications for the 2016 edition. As usual there were one on two artists that submitted their applications a day or two after the deadline. The excuses were too numerous and always the same – almost believable. As Intwasa and a people’s festival …

May 11, 2016
The Excitement Of Learning Outside The Classroom
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One of the most exciting moments at Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo is the Live Literature Sessions by Centre For Talent Development (CTD). In 2015 alone about 3000 O’ and A’ level students from schools as far as Plumtree, Lupane and Filabusi thronged Bulawayo Theatre to watch live stage performances of various literature setbooks by this …

May 17, 2016
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August 23, 2018
CALL FOR SHORT STORY ENTRIES
CALL FOR SHORT STORY ENTRIES

INTWASA SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019 After a four year hiatus, the Intwasa Short Story Competition is back and calling for entries. The competition is an annual literary event seeking to promote original creative writing talent in English. The competition also seeks to promote Zimbabwean narratives from Zimbabwean writers be they in Zimbabwe or living in …

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