Projects

 

Midlands Meander Education Project

 

MMAEP Mission

Our aim is to increase awareness of the importance of caring for the natural environment and each other among all sectors of the community in the Midlands Meander area.  Focusing primarily on local schools, teachers are assisted to integrate environmental education into the teaching curriculum, with emphasis on wise resource use, creativity, sustainable living and community building.

Each of the schools on the programme is registered as a WESSA Eco-School and presents a portfolio of work at the end of each year receiving recognition for meaningful whole school development.

Since 2003 over 20 schools have been registered with the MMAEP programme. There are approximately 4000 learners attending schools currently involved in the programme. Our main focus is on educator support through co-teaching in a wide range of areas with a special focus on environmental education and life skills.


 All the lessons are requested and planned to suit the school as well as fit with the CAPS curriculum and school schedules. The programme has been strongly supported since its inception by N3TC. Recent Lottery Funding has enabled the MMAEP to host community workshops, run competitions and expand the organisations expertise into the wider community.


At schools the MMAEP fieldworkers have a series of set dates to co-teach creative, interactive lessons. Often outdoors, using unusual and creative resources the MMAEP fieldworkers add an exhilarating new dimension to learning. The MMAEP believes that continual support from an enthusiastic fieldworker and the dynamic relationship that this creates is more effective than merely providing educational materials which may or may not be used.


'A truly exciting day that we didn't want to end. These ladies are gems to the staff and children of our school. Thank you once again.' N. Sewraj (Nxamalala Islamic School, Mpophomeni Township)
To introduce more Midlands Magic  to the programme, MMAEP field-workers have metamorphosed into colourful "Bug" mascots – Sizakele the Spider, Gogo Gogo, Masechaba the May-Fly, Inkulungwane the Flying Ant, Palesa the Bookworm, Cebo and Icimbi the Caterpillar and our first intern Gugu.

Incorporating 'Bugateers' or community volunteers in the programme began in 2013 and has been a great success with overseas experts, local enthusiasts and youngsters bringing a  new element of enthusiasm and insight into the organisation and the schools.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to help KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Schools nurture capable, confident and curious children who are sensitive to environmental issues, who have the resilience to cope with a changing world and are able to contribute positively to their communities.


MMAEP fieldworkers bring enthusiasm and a creative dimension to teaching and learning which has a positive impact on the development of both teachers and learners at schools which participate in the programme. Our programme is dependent on the on-going support of our sponsors and we happily welcome new partners who wish to make a contribution to education in the Midlands.

Want more info?

For more information visit the MMAEP website, call 033 330 6270 or email us.

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The Midlands Meander Artist Subvention Fund

 

It was a handful of artists and crafters who conceptualised the Midlands Meander in 1985, and it is important to foster the arts in the area. The Midlands Meander Artist Subvention Fund is a project which aims to double the number of financially secure artist members of the Midlands Meander by 2020 – and to ensure that artist businesses are sustainable.


Funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity and The Arts & Culture Trust, the new Midlands Meander Artist Subvention Fund provides artists in the KZN Midlands with the powerful marketing platform of the Midlands Meander. Artists benefit from all marketing activities offered by the Midlands Meander, as well as business training provided by private consultants.


Applications are opened to artists living and working in the Midlands Meander (existing Midlands Meander members and new artist members) who are unable to afford the full Midlands Meander annual membership fees.


ABOUT THE ARTS & CULTURE TRUST (ACT)


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

To receive updates follow ACT on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/actorgza or like the Trust’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Culture-Trust-ACT/162339817162875


ABOUT NEDBANK ARTS AFFINITY


The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed nearly R15 million through our Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to our clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (36 4663). For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za

 

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Midlands Meander Emerging Artist/Crafter project

 

The heart of the Midlands Meander has always been its artists and crafters, since its founding in 1985. The vision of the Midlands Meander Association is to increase the number and diversity of its artists and crafters by providing opportunities for previously disadvantaged artists and crafters to join the Meander family.

With the generous support of the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the Midlands Meander launched its Emerging Artist/Crafter Project. This Project seeks to bring up to 5 previously disadvantaged artists/crafters with a high standard of work into the Meander family every year. Applicants are nominated by members of the public and of the Midlands Meander and are chosen by a selection committee of established Midlands Meander artists and crafters.

The project provides participants with full Midlands Meander membership. They feature in the Meander Guide. In addition to this, participants benefit by accredited business and marketing skills training workshops. The intention of the project is that over the 3-year period of participation, participants will have reached a point of sustainable business, allowing a new intake of participants.   

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