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, Youth Disability, Peace – Reconciliation – Communities Rights, Blood Donation, Oral Hygiene and many more.
Hiccup Circus Uganda’s direct beneficiaries are audience members of primary and secondary schools, neglected communities, hospitals pediatric wards, youth centres, refugee settlements and people of all ages from different social extraction.
Other direct beneficiaries are the at-risk youth living in slums.
HCU’s indirect beneficiaries are the members of the spectators’ family and Uganda at large upcountry communities.
Audience members are involved by an attractive live free show where the narrative becomes a mirror of the challenges viewers experienced. This engagement offers an opportunity to think, talk and, most importantly, take action. Another engaging “tool” is the Ringmaster who plays a central role, during the presentation of the different numbers composing the show, in keeping the spectators’ attention focused on the educational theme and who frequently interacts with them. Also, an expert is onstage enhancing the direct beneficiaries’ participation with a question & answer session. Additionally, with the guidance of teachers or communities’ leaders, the audience collaboration is reinforced before and/or after the show with some researches, drawings, writing essays, home works and the initiation of clubs or associations devoted to the educational theme.
The youth living in slums – enrolled in the Kasikonda Youth Circus School – are involved, in a non-competitive way, by the artistry thrill and challenging wonder inherent to circus arts training.
Members of the spectators’ family are integrated with the distribution, at the end of the show, of bilingual booklets with all the relevant information about the proposed educational theme. The broad communities are included with the communication and visibility activities as press releases, photos and videos production & distribution, sending electronic newsletters with the website and social media updating.