It’s no secret that music and arts subjects are increasingly being deprioritised in many schools, one of the objectives for music teacher Hans Gariseb to start a music training workshop to help build skills and capacities in, especially marginalised learners.
Gariseb, commonly known as the jack of all sounds, said the idea was born out of deep concern that many learners, particularly from marginalised backgrounds, are denied the opportunity to learn and pursue their dreams in music and arts.
“In collaboration with The School of the Visually Impaired, I started a musical group called Afro Music, Arts and Cultural group, of which many visually impaired learners are part of,” explained Gariseb.
The music training workshop was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Faustina Caley on Thursday.
“I am equally excited to see marginalised young people taking part in this training, for very often they are left on the periphery of training and development. This workshop will go a long way in entrenching the music and art skills of these young people,’’ stated the deputy minister, adding that the workshop will enable these learners to showcase their skills and participate in arts and music events with confidence.
Caley further urged the learners to expand their horizons in arts and contribute to the music and arts industry.
Speaking at the same event, the principal of The School of the Visually Impaired, Smithly Engelbrecht said he never thought his learners were talented until the initiative was introduced at his school.
“Gariseb hosted this initiative out of his goodwill and passion for music and we are thankful that this will help enhance skills and talent in our learners. This initiative will promote a sense of creative arts in community development,” he explained.
The music and arts training workshop commenced on Friday till mid-November.