May 2012- ongoing
Langeberg Youth Arts & Theatre Project

The Mothertongue Project initiated the Langeberg Youth Arts Project in 2012. We interviewed 40 young adults between 18 and 30. After the week-long interview process, we selected 20 participants.  Very few of them had matric, formal tertiary training or permanent employment. We started off with 11 women and 9 men.

The programme commenced with Participatory Theatre training in August 2012. This training culminated in performances at schools, clinics, outsided shopping centres, taxi ranks, and youth gatherings. The performances centred around social matters that the participants deemed necessary to engage the broader Langeberg community in.

Thereafter the 20 participants engaged in Leadership Presence training with Makgathi Mokwena. This has shaped the participants in ways that have increased self-confidence and self-esteem; resulting in motivating and assisting them to imagine and action different, more productive lives for themselves, where they are active agents in the choices they make. 

The Entrepreneurship Training was the last offering on the year-long programme, and was presented by Pieter Holloway,  the Manager and Trainer at the McGregor Breede Centre. The training provided the necessary basic skills to start a small business.

After the first year of the project, 60% of the participants went back to school – evening classes, and ABET classes; 20% enrolled in courses or started their own businesses.


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Umhlaba: in die Skoot van die Aarde

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Langeberg Youth Arts Project - August 2014 to July 2015