Why the Arts2021-11-17T11:34:52+02:00

The Benefits of Arts Education

The arts are often the first subject to be removed from school due to a lack of resources, yet the importance of creativity in a child’s life is significant…

Research proves that arts education enriches the lives of students, increasing their academic, social, mental and economic well-being over the long-term. Specifically, arts education contributes to six key outcomes, which are key indicators of life and academic success.


Students engaged in the arts are five times less likely than their peers to drop out of school and three times as likely to graduate from college, allowing them to pursue greater career opportunities. For at-risk students, arts education increases school attendance, student motivation and academic success across the curriculum, with art students outperforming their peers on standardised tests.

Problem Solving

Students who study the arts re-evaluate their work as they go and develop advanced problem-solving skills, adapting their artwork to new perspectives or materials. As a result, art students are more likely to approach problems with patience and innovative thinking.

+ Communication

Arts education provides students with a wide variety of collaborative projects, ranging from painting murals to acting out skits. These projects teach students how to work as a team, navigating each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They practice social tolerance and engage in active listening while learning how to interpret social cues and body language to create collaborative artwork.

+ Perseverance

Students in the arts receive constant, constructive feedback and understand that feedback is a tool for improvement. Artists persistently draft, practice or rehearse their work before its presentation. They develop the humility and grit to acknowledge criticism and adjust their art as needed. Grit and perseverance developed in arts education translates into other academic subjects and goes beyond secondary education.

+ Innovation

At the centre of arts education is the development of student creativity and innovation. In the arts, students are not confined by one answer. Instead, they are continually asked to try new things and seek alternatives. This kind of creative thinking is a key first step towards innovation, which is essential in an increasingly competitive world.

+ Leadership

The presentation of their work, through exhibit or performance, gives art students a sense of accomplishment. As a result, they develop a strong sense of identity and confidence in their ability to interpret and express their opinions, driving their ability to perform as leaders in their communities.

Why the arts

I used to be involved with gangsters but since I joined Lalela I got out of gangs. If I had continued, I probably would have been stabbed or killed.

Lalela Student, Grade 7

I actually come to school because of Lalela. If it hadn’t been for Lalela, I probably would have dropped out a long time ago.

Lalela Student, Grade 8

Before Lalela I never used to speak a lot. Lalela gave me the confidence to speak. It helped me find the other part of me that had voice.

Lalela Student, Grade 8


Your generosity makes it possible for Lalela’s educational arts programmes to create meaningful change that affects thousands of at-risk children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Your generosity makes it possible for Lalela’s educational arts programmes to create meaningful change that affects thousands of at-risk children in Sub-Saharan Africa.




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