Learners star in music videos
6 June 2022
Heal the Hood Project is using music videos to help learners highlight issues affecting their communities and find solutions.
The organisation strives to promote, develop and uplift marginalised communities in South Africa and abroad by applying youth development, community activism, Hip Hop Culture and alternative education methodologies to advocate for change.
For the past two years, a team of highly talented and skilled facilitators have been working in schools in areas like Parkwood, Lotus River, Hanover Park and Manenberg. Learners are exposed to dance, beat making and music, rap and artistic design as well as an introduction to golf.
Anthea Adriaanse, the principal of Die Duine Primary School in Lotus River, said Grade 5 learners participate in the various activities during their Life Skills period every Tuesday. “At the beginning of the programme, an orientation was held and learners were slotted into activities they were best suited to or interested in.”
The learners discovered new talents and interests and their confidence was bolstered by positive messages and the knowledge that their opinions and input are valued.
Adriaanse said the learners had a lot of fun shooting their music video titled ‘Stand Up’ and there has been an overwhelming response to the video on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, where it has been aired. “Our parents are extremely proud of the talent our learners have showcased, particularly the message being shared. There is currently nearly 13 000 views on Facebook and many positive comments around the video. It is not so much about the school, but our youth speaking up for the community to take notice and unite against the scourge plaguing many societies.”
Visit Heal the Hood Project's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HealTheHoodZA/) to see ‘Stand Up' by Die Duine Primary and the music videos produced by amongst others Montagu's Gift Primary in Grassy Park, Portia Primary in Lansdowne, Parkfields Primary in Hanover Park and Pelican Park Primary.