Filling the Granary
Nicky du Plessis
ASSITEJ Sweden linked with 17 African countries for the purpose of strengthening the practice and profession of theatre for children and young people in Africa. The programme was supported by Sida 1999-2007 to the value of SEK 5, 725 million. The programme has profiled African Theatre practitioners well internationally. There is evidence to suggest that smaller networks or collaborations between 2 or 3 African countries are now taking place; and some chapters have found additional international partners as a result of the African Network. The challenge is for members to use the impetus from this well-managed and well-positioned programme; to work co-operatively with a range of partners and to continue to find new ways to boost the profile.