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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The Department of Arts and Culture, together with the Department of Basic Education, partner with John Kani and Nobulali Productions for a project that is a first of its kind in South Africa. They aim to reach 100 schools in 100 days through 100 pledges in support of the Arts Education 100 Schools campaign!

The belief that education is a human right has led to the fundraising drive which started on International Human Rights Day (December 10) to end 100 days later on National Human Rights Day (March 21,  2014). World –renowned playwright Dr John Kani whose play Nothing But the Truth is a prescribed as a setwork in schools will give a keynote address at the event.

In 2013, Nobulali Productions ran a successful tour of Nothing But The Truth in theatres around Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, reaching more than 9,000 learners and 300 teachers. With the successful support from varied role players, the company hopes to increase its reach by threefold in 2014.

Nobulali Productions was established out of a need to make Shakespeare and other setworks prescribed by the Department of Education as well as Independent Examinations Board easy to understand. Arts Education 100 Schools Campaign is the company’s invaluable investment toward creative arts and a response to the National Development 2030 ideals.

The idea of arts education started in 2008 when the company’s founder Lali Dangazele (known for her role as Nkensani in Rhythm City) found that drama can be used as an experiential way to make the curriculum fun and fast to learn. Since then her ‘assignment’ has evolved into a teaching and learning method called ShakeXperience™.

Response from government, corporate, theatres and individuals has been phenomenal, said a delighted Dangazele, adding that the response brings to the centre stage the importance of making a difference to the 30 million learners, through one of the fundamental arenas of human rights: Education. She said the concept of “100 days” is associated with “effectiveness”, “fresh” and “new approach to experiential learning”.

For more information contact:Lali Dangazele or Lalu Mokuku on 011 234 7040 or 072 610 3620 / 074 9967387 or email: or visit