In 2012, The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) introduced art classes for underprivileged learners from Paulos Ngobeni Primary School. Through these classes, pupils have the opportunity to discover and learn about art as a means of self-expression, coupled with the practicalities of the different artistic mediums.
Cilna Pienaar undertook the task of empowering the young learners through, most importantly, environmental education. The art classes involve a small group of children who gather regularly to learn the basics of creative arts – from painting and pencil sketching, to textile design. Even knitting has been covered – a very entertaining experience, according to Cilna! ‘The children enjoy it so much!’ says Cilna. ‘I focus on empowering them with skills in the creative arts that may help them earn money one day’.
We have no doubt that, with a little support, these creative children stand a much better chance of a brighter future.
In order to raise awareness of rhino poaching, HESC partnered with Rhino Art and launched the Noah’s Rhino Art for the Rescued Rhinos @ HESC.