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South Africa: Youth Urged to Raise Awareness through Drama and Theatre
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 19, 2016

The festival, which kicked off in Gauteng, will eventually spread to other provinces, provides schools and learners with the opportunity to reflect on the 40th anniversary of 16 June 1976.
Through the festival, which looks back at the events of the June 16 student uprisings, learners will research, investigate and interrogate history.
In addition, learners will develop and shape messages consistent with the own lives and experiences. They will then illuminate those messages by developing their own drama production.  
“Drama and theatre are powerful tools for raising consciousness, as we witnessed throughout the last four decades. At a time when Christianity was viewed as the white man’s religion, Woza Albert told us that Christ could indeed come to Soweto in his second coming.
“When apartheid trampled on the dignity of all black people, Willie Seopolo, the township scholar, rejected the second class status that apartheid gave him in No Good Friday. And of course Sarafina showed us that the powerful youth voice will not be silenced.  
“Young people are powerful in raising consciousness. We must remember that it was the youth of the 70’s and 80’s that rose up to fight apartheid when the older generation seemed somewhat resigned to accept their fate,” said Deputy Minister Manamela. 

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