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Children's festival

During US Word Festival. WOW invites learners from schools in historically disadvantaged areas and they then attend the Children’s Festival for free

Primary Schools

US Word festivals

Long arm dance

For the benefit of our community, WOW presents a long arm dance every year during the US Word festival.

Diverse audience

US Word festivals

Carnival

A highlight of the WOW festival program is the annual Carnival that is presented during the US Word festival. Famous artists perform and the public gets the opportunity to meet them. Healthy and safe family entertainment with stalls and fun rides, as well as a beer tent for the adults are part of the day. The Carnival is indeed great value for money

Diverse audience

US Word festivals

Reading projects

WOW Writers festival

WOW Reading Circles take part in author discussions during the US Word festivals and have the opportunity to meet authors of children’s books

Primary Schools, Gr.R & High Schools

US Word festivals

WOW Writing School

High school students take part in the writing school offered by a famous children’s book author.

High schools

US Word festivals

WOW Media course for schools

A journalism workshop is offered for schools in collaboration with the US Word festival’ Ink newspaper. Learners and educators are also exposed to digital media.

High schools

US Word festivals

Reading is a festival

Workshops for literacy plans for schools with WOW Reading Circles

Primary Schools, Gr.R & High Schools

US Word festivals

Language development

Language in the Foundation Phase

Language fatigue in the Foundation Phase: Experts discuss ways to address language fatigue among learners in the Foundation Phase. Educators, speech therapists and publishers share valuable tips.

Foundation phase

US Word festivals

Diverse audience

Training in proofreading and editing

Primary Schools and High Schools

US Word festivals

WOW Students

WOW Day for Grade 12 learners

Grade 12 learners visit US Word festival and a special WOW day program is offered to them. Academic workshops in collaboration with WCED for NSC Papers are conducted, and motivational speakers have a nice interactive conversation with the learners. Information sessions on further study at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are part of this program. The day ends with a visit to all the festivities at the US Word festivals.

Grade 12 - learners: Afrikaans HT / EAT

US Word festivals

WOW Day for Grade 12 educators

This is a program for the teachers of the visiting grade 12 learners. A forum discussion on issues within education takes place, as well as a writer’s program related to youth literature. Other valuable and educational information sessions also take place, as well as visits to the festivities at the US Word festival

Grade 12 - educators: Afrikaans HT / EAT

US Word festivals

WOW Art and culture

Painting and Verse Competition

With this competition, WOW would like to help stimulate creativity and a love for art and poetry in the younger learners. Learners must write down and decorate a poem (their own or a published poem) on A3-sized paper. The artwork with the poem on it is judged in different categories and the winners are announced in September. This competition is tackled according to a predetermined theme

Primary Schools

US Word festivals

WOW Debate Festival

Debaters can hone their skills and participate in informal competitions. Due to increasing interest, there are three divisions: New Brooms (teams with little experience), Old Hands (more experience), and Hard Jaws (the experienced teams). Selected WOW schools advance to the ATKV Debating Competition.

High schools

US Word festivals

WOW Speakers

Primary schools are trained in teaching and presenting oratory speeches. Learners in grades 5 to 7 take part in the WOW Orators and challenge themselves to deliver the best public speaking speech. Educators are trained as judges and given the opportunity to judge participants.

Primary Schools

US Word festivals

WOW Drama Workshop

A workshop where drama teachers’ and learners’ talents and techniques are honed in writing a new text, adapting texts into a drama production, directing a production, as well as acting for actors. It is presented by award-winning playwrights, actors, and directors.

Primary Schools and High Schools

US Word festivals