This programme was founded in 2009 as a partnership between the City of Cape Town and Zip Zap. We believe that “circus” is an excellent intervention tool for “youth-at-risk” and provides a platform for the children to learn discipline and team work, through a circus environment.
We believe that “circus” is an excellent intervention tool providing an ideal platform for the children to learn discipline and team work, in a fun, exciting and safe environment.
Zip Zap, now in partnership with the HCI Foundation and Golden Arrow Bus Services targets the most underprivileged kids in Cape Town in underserved areas, from primary schools, high schools, ECD centres, NGOs, orphanages and children’s homes to expose them to a ahdns-on workshop of circus games, techniques and activities. Each session starts with games essential for warming up the body and the mind as well as important social interactions. Avoiding injuries and looking after one’s body are the first steps in regaining self-esteem. Adding fun, belonging and body awareness prepares for a winning session.
Children are then divided into 4 or 5 groups and each group moves to a different station each 15 minutes, giving time to explore each activity encouraging discovery, physical activity and open-mind. These activities include trapeze, wire-walk, unicycling, juggling, tumbling and mini-trampoline. The session ends on a highlight where the entire group is taught how to form a human pyramid, instilling trust and teamwork and a huge sense of accomplishment. The group then watches a Zip Zap video (related to their age group) showing the benefits of circus, a short display by the instructors, followed by a Q&A where the circus arts are exposed as an extra-mural of career option.
Each participant and the supervisors are asked to complete a questionnaire before their departure which we use to monitor and evaluate the impact and collect statistics.
2018 Cirque du Soleil, HCI Foundation, Golden Arrow Bus Services, Laureus Sport for Good Trust SA
2017 HCI Foundation, GABS Golden Arrow Bus Services
2016 HCI Foundation, GABS Golden Arrow Bus Services TMT Services & Supplies, Gilbarco AFS e-fuel, BASA
2015 HCI Foundation & Golden Arrow Bus Services,Gilbarco AFS, MySchool, MyVillage, MyPlanet
2013 Kindermissionwerk, City of Cape Town