ZIMBABWE – FOUNDATION SKILLS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE PROGRAMME by PATSIME TRUST  “WORKER ACTIVISM THROUGH THE USE OF THEATRE WITHIN THE WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT”

 

The course was designed by Patsimeredu Edutainment Trust and facilitated by Jasen  Mphepo with  22 participants  – 11 male and 11 female –   representing three workers unions which are  Zimbabwe Domestic and Allied Workers Union [ZDAWU],  Zimbabwe  Chamber of Informal  Economy Associations [ZCIEA] and the Commercial Workers Union in Zimbabwe [CWUZ].

The programme was conducted in October for 5 hours per day over five working days from Monday to Friday. It was structured into theory, rehearsals and exercise sessions with ongoing discussions on issues affecting formal and informal workers.

The participants engaged in theatre theory lessons and they were assigned practical learning through creation of plays. These plays were thematised around worker issues that impact them as workers and ways to solve some of those issues as unions. The participants managed to create plays with these themes raising issues such as low salaries, lack of protective clothing and other poor working conditions.

The participants demonstrated that they had grasped the theatre concepts as indicated by their ability to present good plays, utilising most of the techniques they had learnt, albeit with minor challenges. Through learning theatre skills, participants gained skills in listening, communication, teamwork, unity and leadership.

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