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KickstART inspiring a new generation of artisans

27 September 2017 – KickstART, an educational outreach initiative by Deloitte and the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust (SOST), will today see more than 100 Grade 9 learners from underprivileged communities learn first hand about the career opportunities in the creative industry.

“We are delighted to partner with KickstART on this important initiative. Knowing that many learners from underprivileged communities drop out of school before Grade 10 is a stark reminder of how important it is to encourage learners to remain in education,” says Michael van Wyk,  lead partner at Deloitte Stellenbosch.

“We are committed to making an impact that matters in the local community,” says Michael. “ The KickstART initiative is helping us achieve this important goal.”

Andi Norton, KickstART Project Manager says that this year’s workshop will showcase two very different creative mediums. A ‘low-tech’ and a ‘high-tech’ offering is aimed at showing learners about the broad range of opportunities in the creative industry.

The “low-tech” workshop will be led by Stellenbosch designer Julie de Pao of Feed on Julie Pao Designs. Julie will speak to the design process, production in leather and fabric and share her experience of starting a business. Following this, app designers from 4i Mobile will facilitate a ‘high-tech’ session. The 4i Mobile studio team will take the learners on a journey of app design, from concept to final launch; they will also be invited to brainstorm ideas for a new app.

“The day will wrap up with learners enjoying a guided walkabout of Stellenbosch’s public art installations,” says Andi. “Often this is the first time the learners have explored Stellenbosch and we love sharing the city’s history with them, as well as engaging in debates about the various art installations we visit along the way.”

“While the KickstART programme is tremendous fun, it also provides us with the opportunity to select the most promising learners to receive Deloitte KickstART bursaries for the coming year,” says Andi.

In 2017/18 Deloitte KickstART bursaries will be offered to five learners, who will receive full tuition to attend PJ Olivier Art School until they matriculate. The bursaries also include private transport, all materials, a personal mentor selected to match their unique needs, as well as career counselling and guidance.

“This year five learners will graduate from the current KickstART, and we are really looking forward to bring new talented learners into the programme,” concludes Andi.

To contact or learn more about KickstART please visit: or visit KickstART Stellenbosch on Facebook. 

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