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Circus pedagogy for youth workers
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In a context were it is becoming increasingly hard to reach youngsters, we understand the importance of developing and delivering interesting and stimulating activities to better involve our target group aged between 13 and 30. Something that can be appealing and at the same time build self-esteem and thrust, something such as circus pedagogy activities, that we want to propose to youth workers as an innovative and flexible method of work. We will do so by running a Training Course for Youth Workers in Sardinia, from the 13th to the 18th of October 2015, in the small village of Chiaramonti, in the North part of the island. We use circus activities as a form of pedagogy in teaching and in non-formal education. Our main idea is that circus activity is appealing and fun for everybody, making it ideal as a tool for educational work with youngsters. The aim is to introduce youth workers and youngsters to positive, healthy activities that encourages co-operation, and strengthen confidence, while developing co-ordination and persistence. The end result is much more than learning these skills – it also helps to improve self-esteem, build on a social capital and direct people towards positive ways of living. Our project involves 32 participants from 8 countries (Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, Denmark, France, Spain, Croatia and Poland) all active in youth work. We decided to involve many different countries as we would like to offer participants new contacts outside their countries and the chance to start to make their own international projects. Helped by a staff of professional circus experts, we rely on this project to reach the main goal of teaching the participants the basics of various circus skills such as partner and group acrobatics, juggling, etc. and various methods of preparing and implementing circus workshops, which they will be able to use as a tool in their work with youngsters. At the end of our training course all the participants will be equipped with knowledge on how to prepare and implement circus pedagogy workshop on their own. Through an agenda including circus pedagogy methods, intercultural activities and a shared analysis of youth work in participant's countries we aim at offering participants the chance to: . Identify the use and value of the different learned skills in their daily youth work; . Juggle and to teach youngsters how to juggle (with balls, diabolo, poi...); . Use acro-balance and equilibristic as their tool of work; . Work with balloons and link this to their respective personal / organizational needs; . Be able to alone prepare circus pedagogy workshop and execute it in their work with youngsters; . Act as multipliers in their local and regional communities; . Have enough information and contacts to take part in other Erasmus plus projects or make one on their own. Working together the 32 participants and our staff of 4 will also interact with the local population of Chiaramonti (that in 2014 hosted the street art festival called “Sonart” ) offering them a final public circus event to share a moment of happiness, of intercultural reciprocal exchange and, at the same time, send out a clear message about the potentialities of non formal education to the young citizens of the hosting town.
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