WATCH: South Africa’s Jungle Theatre Company educates kids using animal welfare issues
More than 500 South African school children attended Jungle Theatre Company performances. In the video above, the author and members of the JTC speak about their efforts. -- ED
The Twinning Programme forms part of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) South Africa's Animal Action Education initiatives and outreach work.
Presented by IFAW, the Jungle Theatre Company (JTC) production ran daily at the Milnerton Playhouse for 120 learners daily with just over 500 learners attending the performances. It included a theatre production and workshop including drama, dance, singing and drumming.
IFAW’s Twinning Programme with JTC brings together learners from completely diverse backgrounds. It gives them the opportunity to think and talk together about issues of animal welfare, the threats that face our planet and even social issues, like bullying, violence, but having fun at the same time.
Letters of invitation were sent to educators at targeted schools throughout the Western Cape, highlighting how the production complements many of the Grade 6 curricula requirements. This was important to encourage the regional educators took interest, as they are under an immense amount of pressure to reach their curricula targets.
Indlovu People was commissioned by IFAW to raise awareness about issues facing elephants in Southern Africa. It was first performed at a school's Twinning run in 2009 and, in 2010.
The play follows the story of !Kama Indlovu who holds the key to the elephant world. He discovered three very different children fighting about elephants. !Kama takes them on a journey into the mysterious origins of the Indlovu people. They get involved with magical puppetry, catchy music, dance, song and comedy.
The play reflects upon the history and interactions of human and wild animals in man’s quest to dominate the earth. It considers elephant habitats and their social structures, and explores poaching for ivory and the illegal ivory trade.
It was very exciting for us to bring together these learners and see how they just forge ahead in enjoying the opportunity to participate and share their insights and thoughts on animal welfare issues.