SPREAD JOY WITH SOCIAL CIRCUS!

What is social circus?

Social Circus is a pedagogy for personal and social development, applying circus arts as tool for mainly disadvantaged and marginalized children and youth. This innovative pedagogy creates and utilizes joy, enthusiasm, and fun to energize, stimulate and drive its participants. It focuses on the positive resources, talents and interests in each individual and develops them collectively through fun and joy.

Many cultural, artistic, physical and entertaining skills and activities are developed and improved in this pedagogy however the main objective is personal and social developments and psychosocial improvements of the participants.

Social circus pedagogy, as the very name might suggest, is not about educating to become circus artists, but rather about working on personality of trained individuals and helping them to improve key competences such as ability to learn, effective communication, effective team work, creative problem-solving as well as pass the knowledge about principles, rules and social values. Encouraging children and youth to try circus method of self-expression and growth contributes to development of courage and natural need to improve character. It means continuous discovering of new challenges and using the acquired skills in a creative way, instead of wasting time watching television or playing the computer. Another important dimension is to support one’s physical development, which is a highly important aspect in young people’s lives.

Social circus heals at war zones!

In the war-zone social circus is a good vehicle for healing war traumas and discharging the energy that builds up in young people forced to live in dangerous overpopulated camp space. Effects of exposure to war-related factors influence child’s personality structures, identity formation, adaptive and coping mechanisms, internalized standards of right and wrong, mechanisms for balancing aggressive impulses and the habitual mode of relating to others. By encouraging young people to draw, play, paint, sculpt, juggle, clown or create, we are releasing their pent-up tensions created by the conflict’s experience and connected with its stress and loss.

In the war-zone social circus is a good vehicle for healing war traumas and discharging the energy that builds up in young people forced to live in dangerous overpopulated camp space. Effects of exposure to war-related factors influence child’s personality structures, identity formation, adaptive and coping mechanisms, internalized standards of right and wrong, mechanisms for balancing aggressive impulses and the habitual mode of relating to others. By encouraging young people to draw, play, paint, sculpt, juggle, clown or create, we are releasing their pent-up tensions created by the conflict’s experience and connected with its stress and loss.

Introducing social circus pedagogy helps children get to know themselves better. It is getting to the soul and inner being of the person. It helps by relaxing the mind and giving the ability to communicate on a more personal intimate level. Social circus pedagogy is important for developing healthy mind, body and personality.