"The most effective way to make the world a better place is through education that shapes the future rather than reflects the past. By undercutting fundamentalism, education curtails violence and war. By empowering women, education curbs poverty and population. The curriculum should shift from one watered down by consensus and lobbying to skills our century needs - for relationships, health, contraception, time management, critical thinking and recognising propaganda. For youngsters, learning a global language and typing should trump long division and writing cursive. The most important goal of all should be to inspire curiosity and the desire to learn more."
Max Tegmark, cosmologist, MIT
The Clapham Festival of Music and the Arts will have an
extensive Education and Outreach Programme which gives schools and
the wider community the chance not only to attend concerts, events,
forums, conferences and workshops which tie up with Festival themes,
but to create special events for the Festival itself. Revolving
around local schools, the Festival run projects with youth theatre
groups, homes for the elderly and centres for those with special
The Festival opens up opportunities for adult, as well as youth,
amateur singers and instrumental and orchestral players to work
with the Composer-in-Residence. Like the Clapham Festival Orchestra,
education work runs all year round, with projects linked to the
Festival. Schools are encouraged to attend the seasonal Clapham
Festival Orchestra concert series.
Education projects are included around each of these concert events.
There are several different, exciting ways to sponsor; either through
a donation to the overall Programme, the support of a particular
project, actual involvement in a project, or through the Access
Ticket schemes which promote accessibility and help a wider audience
to experience Festival events.
Sponsors can become involved as much or as little as they choose.
As a sponsor, you will be accredited both in the Festival Brochure,
highlighted and interviewed editorially in the Festival Magazine
and in specific Education and Outreach print and promotion, along
with other Festival sponsorship benefits.
"The key to a better future for the entire world population lies in giving priority to the development of human capabilities. The immediate priority must be universal primary and secondary educatioan - all children in school at least through to age 15 - everywhere in the world. New research shows that this generally leads to better health, higher economic growth and in the long run better government. This calls for a radical reorientation of our development strategies: shift the focus from giving money
to developing minds!"
Wolfgang Lutz, academic and author of many books on population and development
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES OF CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION
AND OUTREACH PROGRAMME is to:
Introduce art and music (all music is song and dance) in schools
in order to make all children sensitive to the arts from the
This participation thereby is instrumental in the prevention
of violence, racism and social exclusion, through the opening
to various cultures and the awakening of each child's creative
music and art should be part and parcel of daily education
and should be acessible to everybody.
This creed must form an inalienable part of community.The protector
has the responsibility, the protected the right; the powerful is
the teacher, the informed, the skilled. The student, the pupil,
the passenger, the guest, the patient, the sick and the poor have
the right. All humanity should be trusted with responsibility.
A person's worth is not dependent on whether he or she is Formally
employed or unemployed. Every person is important and carries equal
title to rights and responsibilities.
These rights include the right to life-long education, shelter,
food, health and medical needs, dress, hobbies, crafts, specialties, music, art, sculpture,
poetry, theatre, sport, holidays, locomotion, free time - as long
as there is no harm done to themselves, family, neighbour or society.
If harm occurs, society be protected, and the perpetrator helped.
The responsibilities would include the obligation to help, to serve,
to teach, to learn, and to work in reciprocity with others.
The freedom beyond these rights and responsibilities, is the freedom
of choice to scale the ladder of achievement as high as possible,
as imaginatively and as resourcefully as the talent and ambition
of each one will allow them.
This is economy, creative living, social order, the arts and education,
rolled into one platform for thought and action.
CLA'AM FEST FUNDAMENTAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PRINCIPLES
The arts help the individual develop his capacity to overcome
and transcend ordeals, developing additional skills as a result.
The practice of the arts is a source of access to knowledge
that is based in experience. The arts stimulate the pleasure
of discovery, curiosity, interest and access to other fields
The arts, especially singing and dance, restores the body to
the soul and the soul to the body, the emotions to the mind
and the mind to the emotions.
Artistic expression creates new relations with ourselves, our
community and the outside world.
Discovering the traditions of his region of origin enables
the child to rediscover a cultural heritage that has sometimes
been forgotten among migrants and the all-to-common. over-exposure
to money-oriented pop culture.
Through the arts, connective links can be forged between the
individual and various cultures. Artistic creation contributes
to the establishment of a common culture and reinforces community
spirit and the feeling of belonging.
The arts are tools for the development of self-respect and
respect for others.
The arts can contribute to the development of social dynamics
based on interdependency.
The arts and school can mutually enrich one another.
CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMME is based on
Although the "child is father of the man", the child
is not a miniature adult: he is a human being going through
a development process, whose specificities it is essential to
respect. We give priority to an investment in the area of rhythm,
space, sensory perceptions, play and the imaginary. We are in
favour of learning through practical experience.
The arts should not be separated from life and consequently
from education. The arts are essential to the development of
the child. It is thanks to these tools that the child can discover
his or her own creative resources which will help him or her
work out new solutions to old problems.
The arts are ideal communication tools. They do not force any
specific meaning upon anyone. They are a means of access to
various cultures with a view to promoting and encouraging opening
and openness, the establishment of links and the learning of
difference. This gives the arts an essential role in education
FIELDS OF ACTION
The CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH programme is intended for
all children. it targets children living in districts where there
are important risks of social exclusion and where schools have to
cope with multiculturalism and acute societal problems. It takes
places at school in order to reach as many children as possible.
The objective is to introduce all children – at nursery and
primary school levels – to various forms of art (music, singing,
dance, plastic arts, dramatic art) in an active fashion, and this
should be done in depth, over time, by professional artists belonging
to different cultures and in the presence of the children's teachers.
This initiation aims at combating violence, racism and social exclusion
by developing capacities for tolerance, recognition of the cultures
represented and collective work during CLA'AM FEST activities. It
strengthens links between children, between children and teachers,
between children and their neighbourhood. Moreover, CLA'AM FEST
is(will be) established at a European and international level, which
makes it possible to create contacts between children, artists and
teachers from all the countries or regions taking part in the programme.
Three fields are interconnected by this programme: the artistic,
pedagogical and social fields.
The artistic field: The arts, which often get reduced to the
minimum in the school curriculum or in practice, is a powerful
tool for awakening the curiosity for learning, stimulating the
knowledge of others and their culture and promoting collective
work. Music, the "mother of all the arts" has been
proven to profoundly affect the brain's ability to become literate
and numerate in speed and depth of understanding. By awakening
children's creativity, their capacities for resilience are developed,
that is their capacities for overcoming the problems linked
to difficult living conditions.
The pedagogical field: an artistic approach within the framework
of these schools brings a plus which helps children invest more
in school as a place for having access to knowledge and socialization.
It also helps teachers to discover a different pedagogy. Priority
is given to taking into account what is important for children,
their capacities, their level of development and their cultural
diversity. The pedagogy of the CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREADH
programme is based on the assumption that children have their
own form of knowledge and culture and if this can be enhanced
at school, it truly makes the school into a place for socialization.
The partnership between the teacher and the visiting artist
enables the teacher not to be considered and consider himself
as the sole holder of knowledge, but as someone that accompanies
children on their quest for knowledge. The teacher can also
underpin some of the subjects on the curriculum with what the
children have experienced during a CLA'AM FEST activity.
The social field: CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH targets
children for whom there are risks of social exclusion; the schools
concerned are located in areas in which various cultures are
represented, with specific problems linked to cultural mutation.
The schools should be located in neighbourhoods where children
have no access to artistic education. We make a bet on the existence
of a wealth of resources and potentialities in these so-called
difficult schools, which can be enhanced by developing suitable
projects. Studies show that parents living in poor districts
have a negative view of school; what the children produce outside
modifies this view and leads to an investment in the school
ACTION OF CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMME
In CLA'AM FEST schools and classes, a minimum of 10% of the weekly
schedule of lessons is devoted to CLA'AM FEST activities, which
are conducted by visiting artists in the presence of teachers. These
artists open up a field in which artistic experiences are possible.
Children can thus discover their own creative potential and express
it within group dynamics. The CLA'AM FEST programme is set within
the pedagogical project of the schools concerned for a period of
at least three years. It is particularly important to work over
a long enough period of time.
CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH RESEARCH AND ETHICS
The primary objective of this Committee is to study and research
the content and ethics of the CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
programme as well as setting up an evolutionary, efficient scheme
adapted to each context, region and type of school. Its main lines
creating efficient models for introducing the programme;
evaluating phase 1 of the pilot project;
creating a model for the continuous evaluation of phase 2,
which includes the evaluation of the consistency of the programme
(adequacy between means and objectives), its relevance (adequacy
with the realities encountered) and its results;
establishing an international CLA'AM FEST Documentation Centre;
creating an Internet and Intranet network as a creation/training
tool for all those involved in the programme;
promoting research based on the programme;
CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH RESEARCH AND ETHICS COMMITTEE
currently has four members, who all operate in the field under the
CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMME. They come from at
least three different participating countries and their skills relate
to the three fields of action of the CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
programme (artistic,pedagogical and social).
CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH RESEARCH AND ETHICS COMMITTEE
is a standing committee. Local, national and international reports
should be sent to the committee. A work programme is determined
on an annual basis and the various responsibilities allocated. Members
meet four times a year.
Annual CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH RESEARCH AND
ETHICS COMMITTEE seminar.
This seminar gathers together all those involved in the CLA'AM
FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH programme for a five-day period: artists,
teachers, school heads, coordinators, CLA'AM FEST members, children
and their families, speakers and outside artists.
The seminar is the main place for swapping knowledge about the
programme. It is therefore most important for the training of the
artists conducting CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION AND OUTREACH activities.
These seminars make it possible to compare national developments
and the results obtained as well as drawing up new lines of action.
It contributes to the development of partnerships for projects.
The content of the seminar is prepared by the CLA'AM FEST EDUCATION
AND OUTREACH RESEARCH AND ETHICS COMMITTEE team.
"The world would be a better place if everybody learned to think like scientists. I don't mean they should know more science, although that would be nice too. I mean that everybody should base their beliefs upon evidence, and be highly suspicious of any beliefs that are not based on evidence."
Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist, University of Oxford
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