Handwork, creativity, patience and time can gohand-in-hand to ensure a bigger and better andbrighter future, and this is exactly how the mak-ing of the carpets and blankets can also be supporta structure for students with learning disabilities.The learners create beautiful carpets and fromtheir own creativity to produce strikingly art-ful pieces in the end. It takes the learners two tothree days for them to complete the end prod-uct. The kids feel that if they learn these skills,it can actually be a way for them to move away from engaging in any illegal or dangerous thingssuch as stealing goods. The learners get to dowhat they enjoy and still be able to sustain them-selves financially. As it is, students feel confidentenough to start and run their own businesses.FUTURE LEADERS. They admit howeverthat in the beginning it is difficult for themto start with a new design, but once they get the hang of it, it becomes much easier.The teacher said that ever since theENACTUS-VUT TEAM has been involvedwith the activities within the THABO VUYORESOURCE CENTRE, they have been ableto work at a much faster pace because wehave set in a place for them to conduct mar-keting strategies. The teachers from Thabo Vuyo Resource Centre feel that without theassistance of the ENACTUS-VUT team,they would still have no idea as to how they couldget their products out to the public, apartfrom the public having to discover them.The learners have bright ideas as to wherethey see themselves in the next five years.Since the learners received their materialsin May, they have collectively made R930.00in sales from their artistic creations.We asENACTUS -VUT conducted research on whichequipment needs to be purchased that will en-able the learners to meet the market demand.
One of the many admirable aspects aboutThabo Vuyo Resource Centre is the fact thatthey incorporate a variety of skills that learn-ers can use to further their lives, regardless of the challenge they face. The art and crafts de-partment of the school helps the learners tobe able to design mosaics.The teachers’ feed-back was that this activity helps the learnerswith areas such as decision making regardingconstant and continuous assembling; deco-rating of the mosaics and sharing of art mate-rial increases the learner’s social interaction.Enactus-VUT recognizes an important needto make the art and crafts a project thatcould potentially generate income. With theschool’s opening in July, Enactus-VUT haveapplied to the Department of Educationto escort the learners outside the school’svicinity to allow the learners to sell theirproducts, therefore enabling us to transferfinancial literacy skills and the knowledgeof fair trading. With our established relation-ship with the university’s Faculty of Man-agement Sciences, we have been given thepermission to market and therefore sellThabo Vuyo Creative Art products to theuniversity staff members, which wouldmean going from door to door broadcast-ing and selling Thabo Vuyo Products. We are to establish a partnership withthe Vanderbijpark Rotary AnnualFestival which will enable Enactus- VUT to market and sell the learner’sproducts, therefore reinforcing whatthey’ve learned in a real life situation.