30 girls empowered with theatre skills


Lilongwe-based theatre outfit, Theatrics Intervention, has empowered 30 girls in Zomba with performance skills as one way of promoting community outreach skills through theatre.

The one-day training took place recently at Malindi Primary School in Zomba.

Time for practicals: The participants during the training

Creative director of Theatrics Isaac Mafuel told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the training focused on using problem posing approach, which calls for the audience to take part in solving problems.

“The interactive theatre skills imparted to these girls help in addressing challenges communities face by inducing discussion on probable solutions,” said Mafuel.

He further said the training was unique and fun since participants engaged in different activities such as songs, games and role plays.

One of the beneficiaries, Rachel Banda, said the training gave her the confidence she needed to challenge her community to start finding solutions to their problems rather than wait for organisations to do it for them.

“The training has given me an opportunity to educate my community through theatre and I am ready for it,” Banda said.

Theatrics Intervention organised the training in collaboration with Student Driven solutions (SDS) a local non governmental organisations, as one way of empowering the SDS beneficiaries with skills of solving global problems using local ways.

Over 300 young women between 15 and 25 years in Zomba and Lilongwe have benefited from the SDS project since its inception in 2015. n


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