In response to the Covid19 pandemic and the National lockdown, we have been focusing on supporting families in our communities with food supplies and educational activities for the children. We feel it is important to support children emotionally through this time, and to keep them positively engaged. We are therefore distributing art, craft and educational activity packs to the children during the lockdown. As a long term response to the emotional and economic effects of this challenging time, we are also planning to offer programs that will build resilience and emotional wellbeing for children and youth in our communities.
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Our vision is to see children and youth thrive, engage and participate to their full potential, to grow to be adults who are educated and self-confident in all aspects of life and leaders in their own communities.
Our focus areas are:
- Education with a focus in ECD (Early Childhood Development) as well as Arts and Culture
- Skills development for life
- Youth development through the Arts
Creative Skills Factory’s mission is to continually increase its reach to provide quality educational programmes and therapy services, focusing on skills development, emotional wellbeing as well as physical, mental and social holistic support for children, the youth, caregivers and teachers in all communities in the Overstrand using creativity as a tool for transformation.
Many young children do not develop the basic skills needed to engage in learning. This is due to a lack of early stimulation and emotional empathy in communities who are dealing with trauma, violence and poverty, with little or no access to resources, and where children are often unsupervised, and parents are unsupported.
We believe that when we provide children with holistic support in their early years of development and give caregivers the creative tools to enhance their children’s development via play, movement, sensory stimulation and love, we can set children up for long-term success in all areas of their life.
Creative Skills Factory currently works in Masakhane, Die Kop, Stanford and farming communities in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Creative Skills Factory is a registered Non-Profit Company (NPC 2017/513502/08),
Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 200-368) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930064052).
Using movement, sensory stimulation and play activities to enhance children’s early Development.
Creative Skills Factory’s interventions support children and youth to grow and develop – becoming confident individuals capable of dealing constructively with challenges of the future through expansion of their own capabilities and who will contribute to an effective socio-economic solution in years to come.
We provide skills development training and holistic support to parents, caregivers and teachers, taking into consideration the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of child development in our Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Foundation Phase programmes by offering caregivers workshops and classroom intervention and teacher support in the Region’s schools
We use various creative, literacy, and arts and culture modalities such as music, singing, poetry, arts and crafts, art, drama, movement (dance and yoga) and horse riding, as tools in our after-school workshops to stimulate and educate children in all aspects of life while developing their creativity.
During the school holidays, we offer workshops in safe and nurturing environments where children aged between 5 and 13 years old can express themselves freely, thrive, engage and participate to their full potential.
Our future vision is to create The Play Bus, a mobile education and play centre that aims to reach children and their families in under-resourced areas all over South Africa / the Overberg, while offering educational activities on a regular basis or in the form of workshops and projects.
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Creative Skills Factory is entirely funded by the generosity of our donors. Just R150 can make a big difference in the life of some of our most vulnerable children.
Creative Skills Factory is a registered NPO and PBO and s18A certificates can be issued for all donations.