Rustenburg Girls’ Junior, in partnership with WCED, presented the

Creative Arts Conference 2021

Equity and Diversity in Creative Arts Education

27-28 August 2021 – Virtual



COVID may have turned the world upside down leaving a devastating impact on education but it has also given us the opportunity to reimagine teaching and has highlighted the unwavering commitment of educators. It has highlighted the critical role that Creative Arts plays in supporting the educational, social, emotional and psychological well being of learners. The Creative Arts are ‘the heart of the school’, building character while children learn essential life skills and values, such as curiosity and creativity, that will shape their future.

The 2021 Creative Arts Education Conference provided educators with the tools needed to provide quality creative arts education to every learner, whether they have specialist training and, more specifically, if they don’t. It showcased the critical role the Creative Arts has in working towards equity and diversity in our schools. It introduced educators to new technology that keep our learners engaged in Creative Arts learning.

Who this event was for

The conference and workshops were designed to provide a fresh and  exciting approach to teaching the arts (music, art, design, dance) for:

  • Primary & high school teachers responsible for teaching any of the Creative Arts components, 
  • Foundation phase teachers, 
  • Students studying to enter the teaching profession 
  • School principals and management teams

All attendees earned 20 CPTD points for attending and could choose to become a Level 1 Kami Certified Educator by completing the Kami Fundamentals Course.


Click below to watch the recording of the session that featured the following speakers.

Katherine Damkohler

Founder Director of ETM (Education Through Music), New York

A long-time New York inner-city educator, a former teacher and a principal that led her school to a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. As Executive Director, she has helped ETM grow to serve thousands of New York City children annually.

Siphokazi Jonas

Writer, poet, performer, and producer with a strong national footprint

She holds an MA in English Literature and a BA in Drama and English from the University of Cape Town. Her background in the theatre is what makes her a truly captivating performer whose work leaves a lasting impression on audiences across the world.

Ms Debbie Schäfer

MEC for Education Western Cape

Ms Schafer is the MEC for Education in the Western Cape.

She was born in Pietermaritzburg and obtained a BA degree in English and Psychology from the University of Cape Town and later completed an LLB degree. She practiced law for a period of twelve years prior to starting her political career.

Hendrik Marais

Head of Music & Specialist Subjects: Rustenburg Girls' Junior School

With his vibrant and dynamic approach to music education and choral singing, he manages a large creative arts department with a team of 16 specialists’ teachers.

Belinda Petersen

Principal: Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School

In July 2019 Belinda became the first black principal at Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School in the 127 year history of the institution. She is known for her inclusive leadership style, being a change agent, catalyst and motivator.

Karen Dudley

Director Curriculum Development: WCED

Karen Dudley assumed duty as Director: Curriculum Development (General Education and Training) Grades ECD to Grade 9 on 1 July 2017. In 2020, Ms Dudley was recognized and received the award as one of Mail & Guardian’s Powerful Women for 2020.

Anina Lundie

Senior Curriculum Planner for Creative Arts: WCED

Anina studied at the University of Stellenbosch and at the Trinity College of London where she obtained an Honours degree in Drama, as well as a Licentiate in Drama teaching. In 2009 Anina became the WCED Senior Curriculum Planner for Creative Arts from Gr 4 – 9.

Lindsay Wesner

Edumagineer and Experience Architect, PurpleZA

2016 EduWeek ‘Teacher of Tomorrow’ Award winner and two-time winner of the South African ‘iTeacher’ Award. As Director of Teach. Learn. Innovative and PurpleZA, she works with educators, lecturers and school leaders in South African classrooms and beyond.



To give you an idea, foundation phase teachers, creative arts teachers and school management teams from the following schools attended the previous event:

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