Sustainable Seas Trust's main focus is education, and in line with its vision to develop caring communities and to expand its education programme a theatre group initiative has been launched. The aim of the environmental theatre group is to educate the public through plays, music, dance and poetry. SST believes that involving people in conservation, especially the youth, will make a huge impact and provide better result for the next generations.
The Theatre group will not only only pass on messages of sustaining our seas but will also touch lives and develop caring communities while minimising poverty as well, as an empowered mind is stronger and better able to survive social injustices.
By empowering the next generation SST is changing lives and minimising crime, by taking children off the streets, and giving them HOPE for a better future - when previously unnoticed skills are developed, it instills pride and given the content of the theatre materials, the youth are also encouraged to look after their own environment and to live more sustainably.
After school many children are left to their own devices and likely to get mixed up with the wrong crowd and/or to succumb to peer pressure just to fit in, by e.g. experimenting in drugs. By encouraging children off the streets and keeping them busy and educating them about the wonders of our oceans, SST is actively implementing its vision to develop caring communities, giving the youth a sense of belonging alongside nurturing love and respect for the ocean.
The theatre group's aims for the participating youth are to:
• develop the vision, to strive to be better, to sustain our resources for the next generation and understand the importance of doing that;
• be better equipped for future careers, changing world and social injustices;
• build confidence and self-esteem through public speaking and to lay the foundation on theatre to those who would like to follow those career;
• influence others in his/her community and all those who sees and hear the performances.
The goals of the project are to:
• involve children from the following schools: Klipfontein, Ikamvalesizwe, Nompucuko and Kenton Primary;
• Use Marselle as a base;
• Select a group with different talents
• Create a play/performance piece
• Find a professional or volunteers/students pursuing a career in threatre, to lead and train the selected groups;
• Organise events linked to environmental calendar dates;
• Perform at events at community halls, schools, beach, festivals etc