Performing arts have the capacity to provide a wide range of inclusive learning opportunities. In particular, they can be used as a crucial tool for social inclusion. Think about the harmony required within the group of a theatrical or circus production! Every member of the play has a significant role in the final result. Therefore the participants need to feel valued and accepted by each member of the group. The same concept applies to our society. Using practice and active methods creates effective programmes for including a bigger range of people and a more inclusive environment for different target groups.
The Count Me In programme creates a platform where young people are challenged and supported to discover the world of performing arts. The connection created, can be of great help to tackle the feeling of social exclusion and to turn this into social cohesion. According to Eurostat 2011, one out of three young persons between the age of 18 and 24 is at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union. This means that in each school class of around thirty students, three youngsters are in some way socially excluded. Exclusion can act on different levels, such as being socially and/ or politically isolated, having poor living standards, living in poverty, in a state of alienation, etc. We believe that one of the main causes of social exclusion is the inability of our society and formal education system to keep all groups and individuals connected and supported to reach their full potential.
Count Me In programme offers a variety of programmes. For example as an experiential programme for young people in which they get acquainted with performing arts, with learning in an intercultural environment, taking the lead in their own learning and the topic of inclusion. Count Me In can also be used to train young people to become peer educators and run inclusion activities for other young people. A third component that can be offered is the training of (youth) professionals and educators in the use of non-formal performing arts activities with their young people.
Financial structure: 90% of this programme has been made possible with the help of the Erasmus+ programme, 10% is private financing and a lot of love.
Interested to know more about the impact of non-formal education and performing arts and how to implement it in your classroom, organisation or business? We would be more than happy support you on the matter.
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