South and North Join Hands to Create Pictures that Talk

Slypsteen Development Centre and SOLO Outdoor Experiences presented their third “Prente wat Praat” workshop that is mainly sponsored by the Department of Culture and Sport at Herolds Bay.

Green is the Color of Life. Rock Paintings with a surrealistic approach reflecting the history of Man
Green is the Color of Life. Rock Paintings with a surrealistic approach reflecting the history of Man

The Dias- and C.P. Nel Museum played a pivoting role in the success and logistics of the event.

For the first time The Team from the South joined hands with their Northern Partner in the Netherlands to set sparks in Cyberspace: The talkUBUNTU Foundation created a platform where Slypsteen and talkUBUNTU shared their expertise with other international role players to take Education beyond the borders of the classroom walls.

Surf and Smiling and faces: Ordinary pics telling extraordinary tales
Surf and Smiling and faces: Ordinary pics telling extraordinary tales

“Prente wat Praat/Pictures that Talk” will be one of the projects where schools could upload their pictures on a platform to be evaluated on international level.

The challenges of ISO and Shutter Speed; and Night Photography comes alive
The challenges of ISO and Shutter Speed; and Night Photography comes alive

Johan Allers, well-known in broadcasting circles, is the silent force behind the venture, while Louis Krüger, Chair of the Foundation, established a strong working alliance during his past to visits to the Southern Cape.

The Team. Six schools participated during the week-end at Herolds Bay
The Team. Six schools participated during the week-end at Herolds Bay

These days, multi-media resources are integrated into many facets of teaching and learning in education. The use of photography, for example, provides the potential to learn about and engage with the world creatively and enable learners to make connections between different forms of knowledge and skills.

The power of photography, as a learning tool, was amply displayed by the learners of the Garden Route-, Ridgeview- ,Isalathiso Primary, Pacaltsdorp Secondary and Punt High, during a fun-filled weekend of “Prente Wat Praat”, talking pictures, organized by the Slypsteen Development Centre and Solo Outdoor Experiences in Herolds Bay.

Learners were asked to take pictures of their environment and their feelings. The sea and the night skies became part of themselves, while rock paintings and selfies became an integral reflection of the week-end.

According to Hans Oosthuizen, director of Slypsteen Development Centre, “the use of photographs allows students to reflect and organize their thoughts in a creative way that cannot be achieved in the formal setting of the classroom”.

“I was in particular struck by the ability of even our youngest learners to verbally describe their observations and ideas based on the photographs they took”.

Prente Wat Praat is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Sport. The work of the participants (Grade 6 – 11) will be displayed in The Dias- and C.P. Nel Museum who formed an integral part of the programme activities. The learners will also publish their work on the talkUBUNTU platform, a social media learning environment for schools.

Hans Oosthuizen, Chair of Slypsteen, expressed his gratitude to his team and all the participants: “Theuns Bester, responsible for facilities of George South Church that we used, made our stay a memorable experience. We will be back!” he said.

Contact Slypsteen at info@slypsteen.co.za for further information on their activities.

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