Dare2Dream (D2D) is our flagship vocational programme. It provides youth with access to an alternative option to mainstream, often inaccessible, educational opportunities.
The overall objective of the D2D programme is to aid in the alleviation of poverty and contribute to the reduction of unemployment in our country. By using circus arts as a practical medium, participants learn soft skills, social skills, technical skills, artistic development, circus techniques, and teaching skills. With the guidance and support of dedicated Zip Zap instructors, D2D students create and manage their own performances, and work as a team in collaborating to create shows for corporates, public performances and special events. All these skills help prepare the D2D students to teach and coach the younger children, which is an integral part of the curriculum. A ‘professional insertion’ year, as the final year of the programme, aids in bridging the gap between learning and working, provides holistic development, and guides them in becoming both work- and life-ready.
As a direct result of COVID-19 restrictions, with the country being on risk-adjusted Level 3 until 28 February 2021. The planned schedule was interrupted, and the programme was suspended with the imposition of adjusted risk Level 3 effective 16 June 2021, followed by adjusted risk Level 4 effective 28 June 2021. The programme recommenced on 14 August 2021. When the programme resumed, participants were able to train as an intact group again, maintaining strict COVID-19 protocols under the supervision of the instructors. The effects of the pandemic also impacted negatively on consistent attendance at the programme throughout the year. There was also a marked drop-out rate, with the number of participants decreasing from 29 at the start of the programme year to 20 at the end of the year.
Despite the demands of school, extra-mural activities and family responsibilities the programme maintained an attendance rate of 96% and retention rate of 87%. Both of these measures support the therapeutic value of circus to help the participants cope with the restrictions, feelings of isolation and anxiety experienced during the pandemic. It was also evidence of the perseverance of the participants who remained, and an illustration of the passion for their individual skills.
NPO & school shows
A Shining Star
Masizakhe Kovi was introduced to circus arts when he encountered the Ibhongolwethu programme in Khayelitsha in 2015, and he’s been in love with circus ever since! If he had not joined Zip Zap, he would be pursuing further studies and a possible career as a chartered accountant.Masizakhe is a promising contortionist, who also loves doing handstands and acrobatics. His favourite memory is that of performing as part of the Zip Zap showcase at the Match in Africa 6, at Cape Town Stadium, at the invitation of the Roger Federer Foundation. He was lucky enough to share the “stage” with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Masizakhe dreams of being the best male contortionist that Zip Zap has ever had and be a role model to the other kids.
In 2021, Masizakhe was invited to perform in Zip Zap’s production of Journey Returns, in collaboration with The Artscape Theatre and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
“ My dream is to perform around the world, to go on tours with Zip Zap, and keep on doing what I do best. I also want to be a role model to other kids and inspire them like I was inspired.”
Our Beautiful Shell
Our Beautiful Shell is our on-site residence, a shared and safe accommodation space for two Zip Zap students who were faced with unsafe or challenging living situations.
The residence has also provided accommodation to international interns and guest teachers from abroad throughout the review period. This project enables exposure to different cultures, learning to live harmoniously with others, as well as to prepare youths for independent living. With the continued and unwavering support of our sponsors, the residents benefit from the relative comfort, safety and security, and convenience associated with being accommodated at the on-site residence.
Residents share living space with people from varied socio-economic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Responsibilities are shared and residents are held accountable to each other to ensure a safe, clean, and harmonious existence. Developing good inter-personal and social skills, and fostering good self-discipline, are critical to successful cohabitation and maintaining mature relationships. Open, honest channels of communication, consideration for others and managing conflict are also vital to ensuring social cohesion within the residence. Good self-management and understanding the demands of independent living enables residents to set achievable goals and improve decision-making.
International interns & guest teachers
A Shining Star
Lukhanyo lives in the Cape Flats and faced harsh daily living conditions such as taxi violence, gangsterism, huge levels of unemployment and poverty. Because his immediate family environment was not conducive to his maintaining the level of focus and discipline required by the D2D programme, he successfully applied to live in
the residence. This experience has taught him valuable coping skills and constructive relationship building, which helped him to rebuild relationships within his family with whom he is now reconnected. It also gave him good insights into what is required to sustain a household independently.
Our Beautiful Shell is a happy meeting place, a home-away-from-home fostering lifelong friendships.