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Creative facilitators get a boost through CDI and SEA programme

Thursday, 18 April 2019  
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The CDI together with Social Enterprise Academy successfully ran a training programme to enhance the skills of facilitators working in the creative industries in South Africa from 26 February to 7 March 2019.

Funded by the Department Of Arts and Culture, the programme took place at Gugu S’Thebe, a cultural centre in Langa, Cape Town, and saw 14 facilitators all between 18 and 35 years of age attend from across the country. The majority of the participants were creative social entrepreneurs who were involved in facilitating training in their communities or through their organisations.

The main purpose of the training was to develop their facilitation skills to enable the development of current and future creative practitioners and entrepreneurs.

Over the course of the programme, the participants were trained in both basic business skills to enable them to facilitate better interactions and conversations with craft producers, visual artists and designers in their provinces; as well as techniques to enable creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration in learners – which will help create future creative leaders, entrepreneurs and innovative businesses.

According to Rosemary Cooke, who manages CDI’s training programmes, the project’s training covered the CDI content, curriculum and methodology in the development of craft and design entrepreneurs.

“The purpose was to build a cohort of facilitators who are more able to replicate this training in their provinces and enhance the offering of other community arts’ centres across the country. We designed the training to support educators to enable creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration in learners in their communities – so that they can better contribute to building the creative economy in South Africa,” said Rose.

In addition, the training incorporated SEA’s peer-learning methodology which is highly participatory, and is focused on interaction between the participants and practical exercises to embed the learning.


Belinda Guillot, SEA Facilitator explains: “The Social Enterprise Academy methodology ultimately seeks to effect transformational learning. We achieve this by inviting learners to bring their own experiences into the room and by creating an environment of mutual support that brings theories and ideas to life. We select facilitators who are passionate about supporting others to create social change, because they have faced similar challenges to the participants and understand the social economy.” 

Topics covered included Leadership/Knowing Myself; Business Vision; Business Basics; Creative Problem Solving and Design Thinking; Introduction to Social Enterprise; Facilitation skills in listening and facilitating; as well as Facilitation skills in practical exercises.

Rose adds that the programme was very successful, and the CDI has recommended to DAC that the course be provided in all nine provinces.

“Overall the participants found the training to be excellent; 100% of them said they would be able to put what they learnt into practice and that they would recommend the training to others.”

Belinda added “Given the inspiring mix of Creative Facilitators that we had the pleasure of working with, we have no doubt that these individuals will go forward with not only the skills to truly impact their communities, but will also contribute to building a strong network where learnings can be shared in the spirit of peer support.”

Here’s what some participants had to say about their personal highlight of the training received:

“Once again, thank you very much for affording me this opportunity. You have no idea how it has changed my life”

“Introduction to Leadership – The most helpful part of the programme for me was the types of leadership skills. It has helped me understand myself more and what I need to improve on as a leader.”

“Facilitation Skills – The greatest impact has been the coaching approach and the value of that within the facilitation process.”

“Overall – Understanding the Learning Cycle and different learning styles will help me to be a better facilitator.”

“Introducing Social Enterprise – I am so much clearer on what Social Enterprises are and how much of a role I want to play in this space.”


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