Since the establishment of Arts and Culture as one of the eight compulsory Learning Areas within the new national OBE Curriculum, the PCAC discovered that few teachers in disadvantaged schools were equipped to teach Visual Arts effectively as they had had little or no experience of art in their own education and training. The Ibhabhathane (which means Butterfly) Project was established as a pilot project of the PCAC in two disadvantaged primary schools in 1998 in an attempt to address this problem. Financially independent of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), The Ibhabhathane Project has grown so successfully that in 17 years of its existence it has worked closely with learners and educators from many primary and high schools, in addition to training teachers from over 100 schools across the Western Cape.
The Peter Clarke Art Centre and The Ibhabhathane project is proud to have worked with many important partners in the field of the Creative Arts, Education and Heritage. These include: Artscape, The Iziko South African National Gallery , The Iziko Museums of Cape Town, The Cape Town Holocaust Centre, The South African Parliament, The Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (UCT), The Castle, The Two Oceans Aquarium, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, The Waterfront Cape Town, The Peninsula School Feeding Scheme, The Children’s Institute, UCT, Cape Town Child Welfare, The Nelson Mandela Museum in Umtata, The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan in Port Elizabeth and The Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth.
Sponsored Schools Programme
The Ibhabhathane Project at PCAC is dedicated to providing access to creative arts education to under-resourced schools and communities. Schools are sponsored through The Ibhabhathane to attend morning workshops as part of the morning schools programme at PCAC. Teachers are trained alongside the learners in these workshops.
In-service Teacher Training
Teachers are invited to attend in-service teacher training morning sessions on certain Saturdays throughout the school term.
Throughout 2018 PCAC has worked with the Zeitz MOCCA in providing in-service teacher training on weekends during the school term.
National Teacher Training Programs: CAT
Thoughout each school term the Ibhabhathane Project provides various weekend teacher training workshops in different provinces. In 2018 we have been focuseing on Gauteng schools.
Special sponsored projects are undertaken at selected schools each year to uplift and improve the school environment and also support learners and educators.