Today we have two workshops with music students in the city of Rustenburg, which is about a two hour drive from Jo’burg.
Correction: on the way to Rustenburg, we are informed that the afternoon workshop is off and that it is often frustratingly difficult to get solid commitments here for these kind of programs. There is, at present, a bit of a scramble to see if anything can be put together last minute to replace it. We’ll see.
As it turned out, we only had one workshop today, but it was at a truly remarkable school: Lebone II College, in Phokeng, Rustenburg. The school is the flagship school of the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN). The modern facilities are striking in their architecture and setting. The idea of the school is to create an educational model and teacher training center for the entire RBN.
We were impressed not only by the physical aspects of the school but also by the teachers and students who seemed bright and inquisitive. We had a wonderful time with them. The interesting nature of the school compels me to include links to a few online articles about it.
PS Facebook post from Cape Town