The aim is to introduce Circus in Uganda using performances as an alternative pedagogical tool to work with communities, youth and children who are marginalized or at social risk.
HCU make available an informal and creative instrument that allows beneficiaries to develop motivation, confidence and efficiency. HCU offer to its audience the abilities to navigate this increasingly complex world making performances and training as a medium in fostering the types of values that will lead to an inclusive growth, and a peaceful living together. To increase awareness, sensitization and adoption of sound practices through an appealing edutainment, informative and cultural arts approach.
A circus show can act as a “key” to catch curiosity and as a “flexible container” of meanings able to adapt to any particular need by tackling social messages about: Inclusion, WASH, Road Safety, SRHR/Gender, Addiction, Environmental Protection – Climate Change – Waste Management, HIV/AIDS – Immunizations, School Drop Out, Disability, Peace – Reconciliation – Communities Rights, Blood Donation, Oral Hygiene and many more.
HCU’s direct beneficiaries are audience members of schools, neglected communities, pediatric wards, youth centres, refugee settlements, and people of all ages from different social extraction with the unprivileged youth living in slums.
The indirect beneficiaries are the members of spectators’ family and the broad communities involve with the communication and visibility activities.
Audience members are involve by an amazing and very attractive live free show where the proposed narrative becomes a mirror of the everyday challenges viewers experienced in the community and this engagement offers an opportunity to think, talk, and take action. Another useful and effective active “tool” is the Ringmaster who plays a central role in keeping the spectators’ attention constantly focused on the educational theme and who frequently interacts with the audience. Also an expert is onstage enhancing the direct beneficiaries’ participation with a question & answer session. Additionally, with the help and guidance of head teachers or communities’ leaders, the audience collaboration can be reinforced before and/or after the show with some dedicated researches, drawings, writing essays, home works and the initiation of clubs/associations devoted to the educational theme.
The youth living in slums, enrolled in the Kasikonda Youth Circus School, are involve – in a non competitive way – by the artistry thrill and wonder inherent to circus arts training.
Members of the spectators’ family are integrated with the distribution, at the end of show, of booklets with relevant information about the educational theme. The broad communities are included with the communication activities as press releases, photo and video distribution, electronic newsletters, website and social media updating.