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. 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 post-learnership aids in bridging the gap between learning and working, provides holistic development, and guides them in becoming both work- and life-ready.
The all-encompassing and rigorous curriculum ensures holistic development for all participants.
They display advanced physical and circus skills, develop and hone their teaching skills, and grow their skills in the technical aspects of performing arts.
This renders them employable upon completion of the programme and subsequent graduation.
Participants also demonstrate enhanced social skills, behave like positive role models and display improved decision-making and goal-setting skills.
Four participants were accommodated in the on-site residence, which is specifically geared to providing safe and secure lodgings to students who come from challenging family or living conditions.
NPO & school shows
A Shining Star
Xolani is 24 years old and lives in Du Noon. In 2015 he saw a Zip Zap show in Khayelitsha and was so inspired that he signed up to join D2D. He is currently in his professional insertion year and received the Fellowship Award at our AGM, voted in by his peers. He rises to the challenge, is responsible and well-respected. Xolani took ownership of the Beginners programme in 2019 when there was a shortage of staff and he excelled at assisting the rest of the team.
He created an amazing act on the scarf for his final year-end evaluation, enjoying much praise from the audience. Xolani’s confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. He has taken the major step of finding his own accommodation and now manages his own home. He takes great pride in all he has achieved and seizes every opportunity presented.
He also successfully completed an Events Management course during 2019.
“My dream is to look back and connect all the dots and have my own house, car and be self-sustainable.” – Xolani
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
Inathi’s family home is in Worcester which is 120km from Cape Town. When she first joined the SImunye Programme, she used to wake up at 4am on Saturday, to catch the 4:45am train that arrives in Cape Town at 8am. When Inathi joined the D2D programme in 2018, she had to attend classes daily. Moving into Our Beautiful Shell meant she no longer relied on public transport, which is often delayed and not always safe.
Once she had moved into the on-site residence, she enjoyed nutritious meals, and felt safe and secure. Living with a kaleidoscope of nationalities from all corners of the world also made her life more colourful and taught her valuable lessons about responsibility and cohabitating in harmony. Inathi is a self-taught contortionist and specialises in aerial hoop and hula hoop. She has also developed an interest in the technical aspects of Zip Zap shows, such as lighting and sound. Her best memory at Zip Zap was when her family watched her perform in Journey Returns at Artscape, with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
“What I like best about Zip Zap is that its doors are always open for everyone, it doesn’t matter what background, race or flaws you may have… you’ll always feel loved & safe.” – Inathi