ARROWSA (Art a Resource for Reconciliation Over the World in South Africa): Art, Culture & Heritage for Peace (Reg 088-058 NPO), is a voluntary non-profit peace organisation in South Africa that is affiliated to The Centre for Culture, Media and Society (CCMS), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Bechet High School and as well as other local, national and international NGO and government arts organisations, institutions.
ARROWSA management is made up of volunteers who are representatives of the diverse culture of South Africa from Bechet High School, CCMS, UKZN, and Durban University of Technology.
ARROWSA focuses on projects with learners and youth.
ARROWSA aims to join people as individuals, from organisations and institutions, and from all over the world in art, culture and heritage projects, and face-to-face meetings, that breaks down barriers, and promotes conflict resolution and reconciliation, and understanding.
Projects encourage multiple layers of participation and include: Educational programmes and Applied Storytelling in association with Bergtheil Museum and other museums including the Ethekwini Local History Museums Passbook Competition;
Archaeology and Nature Conservation educational programmes in association with eThekwini Natural Resources and the Palmiet Nature Reserve Committee now linked to an exhibit at the Bergtheil Museum;
Storytelling performances for special events e.g. Mandela day and storytelling workshops for KZN museum staff;
ARROWSA Bechet High weekly arts meetings;
Rock engraving recording project and book - National Heritage Council funded project in collaboration with CCMS, UKZN;
Intercultural exchange project between DUT jewellery students and Kalahari crafters; ARROWSA Bechet students, staff and DUT, Jewellery Design students have been on five successful national intercultural exchange and educational trips to Cape Town and the Kalahari, Northern Cape in affiliation with the theatre for development group South Roots.
ARROWSA is specifically affiliated to the international organisation mentioned previously, The Indra Congress, which is a network of artists, educators, young people and others committed to developing the arts as a resource for peace building. ARROWSA Bechet students, staff and CCMS, UKZN students have been on three international tours over the past ten years: to ARROW Plymouth for intercultural exchange, ARROW and Indra global youth congress in Plymouth and Derry/Londonderry United Kingdom. This gave Durban youth unforgettable educational experiences.
ARROWSA shares their work with the public through live performances, publications, reports and on the internet. For more details on ARROWSA contact Bhekithemba Dlamini at Bechet High School or Mary Lange at 0826527091.