Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust

Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust presents Nozincwadi Annual Schools Festival.
Date : 8 / Sep / 2015
Time : 09:00 am – 17:00 pm
Address : 20 Diakonia Avenue

Nozincwadi Annual Schools Festival

Diakonia Centre, Durban

EVENT DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:

Nozincwadi was conceived in 2001 as a tribute to reading and writing in South Africa and has travelled to the most remote areas of the country promoting reading and inspiring future young writers. We were able to successfully host this festival each year even with financial constraints with support from our partners such as Robinhood Foundation, Awsome S.A., Masizi Kunene Foundation.

In 2015 Nozincwadis theme “Tell an old Tale”,renewing the spirit of valuing our elders, we have a tendency to trust grandmother Google more than we trust our own grandparents who know and love you. We courage educators and leaners to honour our history, pride in our heritage and trusting our elders.

With the assistance of REDISA our sponsor the event was an impactful one indeed. As learners shared their story’s told to them by elders and performed amazing African dance routines. Wonderful book reviews from primary and high schools were also performed. Ms Pauline Dalais- Assitej KZN Theatre 4 Youth donated books to primary schools at the event and Ms Lorato Trok-SA Institute for Distance Education for African Storybook also encouraged the learners and educators to make use of books online from African Storybook, SISANDA’S GIFT by Dr Gcina Mhlophe has been published online.

This impactful day with learners and educators from different high schools and primary schools all received boxes of books which where purchase from –            Adams Bookshop, Biblionef, Shuter & Shooter, Jacana Press, Excusive Books, Storyworks, Struik Books and Mphemba Book Seller including the music album “HOPE SONG” donated by Dr Gcina Mhlophe.

Outcomes that were achieved:

  • Encouraged and promoted the pleasure of reading
  • Encouraged and promoted the art of storytelling
  • Encouraged and promoted the role of storytelling in modern society
  • Promote South African and African authors
  • Encouraged young people to start creating their own stories and their own books so they can have a say in the future of writing and reading in this country to distribute books within communities who otherwise will have no access to books.
  • Celebrate International Literacy Day
  • Promoting South African and African authors
  • Encouraged young people to start creating their own stories and their own books so they can have a say in the future of writing and reading in this country to distribute books within communities who otherwise will have no access to books.

 

THE NOZINCWADI: Mother of Books : Reading Road Show and Festival

Nozincwadi was conceived by Gcina Mhlophe, in 2001 as a tribute to reading and writing in South Africa and has travelled to the most remote areas of the country and promote reading and inspire future young writers.The story of Nozincwadi is such that young and old people will be drawn in and the book packages given away during this ongoing “reading road show” have books for children, young adults as well as recently literate adults.
The project has travelled to the remotest parts of South Africa to more than 400 schools, distributing thousands of books, in the last 15 years.
It is now a predominently KZN based, schools programme which not only has the schools-visit programme but also includes a 1 x day schools festival in celebration of International Literacy Day in September each year – where schools are brought together at one venue in Durban.
Aims and Objectives of Nozincwadi
▪ Encourage and promote the pleasure of reading
▪ Encourage and promote the art of storytelling
▪ Encourage and promote the role of storytelling in modern society
▪ promote South African and African authors
▪ to encourage young people to start creating their own stories and their own books so they
can have a say in the future of writing and reading in this country to distribute books within communities who otherwise will have no access to books.
▪ Celebrate International Literacy Day
▪ promote South African and African authors
▪ to encourage young people to start creating their own stories and their own books so they
can have a say in the future of writing and reading in this country to distribute books within communities who otherwise will have no access to books.
In today’s world, literacy and reading are keys that opens the doors to the global village. We say this is the age of computers, but sophisticated computers and all sorts of modern forms of media are useless to a country that does not invest in the literacy of its people.
“This is why am ready to dedicate my creativity and time to make a difference in the lives of rural people, particularly children whose situation might seem hopeless” Dr Gcina Mhlophe.

Reading Inspired Me- Gcina Mhlophe

“I’ve been there, that’s where I come from: Reading inspired
me to think and dream BIG. I would like to share this experience
with everybody who is feeling despondent with their personal
situation right now”

“Great Leaders are Great Readers”

Millions More Children Need to Benefit

The NOZINCWADI Project helps teachers and librarians set up library boxes, and where libraries already exist at schools and community centres we bring new books. During the course of the project, every month new schools were targeted. The Project was conceived in 2001 and is still running. Financial constraints sometimes forced us to halt during some months however we would continue as funds came in. The Nozincwadi Festival was launched in 2008. In 2014 we got going again with renewed enthusiasm because the fire is still burning and we feel that millions more children still need to benefit. South Coast, Newcastle and Ladysmith, Emandeni near Stanger.

Washu Mama Kimi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  1. Washu Mama Kimi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  2. Sanibonani // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  3. Ngiyabonga Nkosi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  4. Khumbulani // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  5. Hope Song // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  6. Bones of Memory // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  7. Abantu Besizwe // Hope Song
  8. Abadala // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song