Keeping children busy and safe during the Covid-19 pandemic

Alpha Albert, Athi Yonela, Nwabisa Nkonyana and Miranda Qangana are the brains behind the Afri-Creative Hub.

What do children think about Covid-19? A non-governmental organisation gave them paint brushes to find out.

Last Sunday, the Afri-Creative Hub, in Makhaza, got more than 30 children to express what they know and feel about the pandemic by painting the organisation’s walls, with some guidance from artists.

Afri-Creative Hub co-founder Nwabisa Nkonyana, said it was important for children to learn how to express themselves as early as possible, before they experienced peer pressure.

The initiative, she said, was about building the children’s self esteem while developing their creativity and ingenuity.

“We want the children to develop love of art.

We are also introducing art in the township. We want the community to learn more about the art. Children should be given time and platforms to explore their talents and we could also learn something from them.

“We want to teach one another about what they have learned throughout this period of the coronavirus.”

The Afri-Creative Hub started in 2018 when she was looking for a space to work as a fine artist. She had found that artists in the area wanted somewhere to work.

The organisation supports young and up and coming artists.

But Sunday was a day for the children – an opportunity for them to learn about fine and visual art and also have a chance to talk about Covid-19.

Alutha Hlebo said he had learnt a lot about art and drawing – something he did during his spare time – and wanted to attend classes at the hub after lockdown.

Miranda Qangana, another founder of the hub, said they wanted the children to know that their views and opinions mat She said they had wanted to see how much the children knew about Covid-19, but the main aim had been for the children to enjoy the painting experience while learning.