Grundtvig is a project for adults from the European Commission on the theme of lifelong learning.
We submitted a dossier together with seven partners from 7 European countries 2012. The goal was to learn from each other on the theme of social circus. In Grundtvig exchanges are not only the result but also the learning processes itself is important. This project allowed Cirkus in Beweging 2 to send circus teachers for one year to international social circus projects so that those teachers could be trained .
Title of our project: Social Educircation.
This project has just been completed successfully and the seven partners have submitted a new dossier with ERASMUS on social circus. It was approved in 2014 at the end of August and so the next 2 years teachers at Cirkus in Motion will train themselves through new international exchanges.
In April 2014 the international seminar took place in Leuven on "the importance of physical contact in the development of the child"
Another international social circus project in which we participate is called Suitcase Circus for youth.
Participating countries are : Great Britain, Belgium, Estonia and Spain from Europe and from South America: Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica.
At the end of October three teachers from Cirkus in beweging will take part in an International Circus seminar in Buenos Aires !!!
Suitcase Circus For Youth is an international social circus project between Europe and Latin America that will bring together 8 Youth organisations, with experience in the field of Circus, from 8 different countries.
General Objective: Suitcase Circus for Youth will promote European co-operation in the field of Youth, supporting organisations in the development of quality programmes to allow young people to participate in quality local programmes and two international activities.
– To improve the mobility of young people and youth workers, as well as youth employability.
– To promote youth empowerment and active participation.
– To promote cooperation and the exchange of experience and good practice in the field of youth and non-formal education.
– To develop sustainable partnerships and networks between youth organisations.
Phase One: For this project we will begin with a professional Start-Up Seminar in order to ensure that all partners are delivering a similar content and quality to the young people whom they are supporting. The start-up seminar will be the platform for collaboration between partners.
Phase Two: The next phase will be local workshops where partners will recruit, train and support groups of 10 young people in each location in circus skills, the training workshops which will run up to six months.
Working methods used during these workshops will use practical hands on delivery methods, encouraging participation and critical thinking.
Phase Three: Will be the information campaign realised during the workshops and training and will allow to spread the impact of Suitcase Circus for Youth wider. We will create a large media campaign with a Website where partners will upload their activities and testimonies of participants.
Phase Four: Will bring together the young people participating in the programme for a culture and skills exchange at the Final International Seminar hosted in the UK and will allow professionals and youths to meet the people they have been virtually working with in order to, share methods and techniques and agree ideas for future co-operation.
The seminar will be supported by professionals from the respective organisations and will allow participants to celebrate the results of the circus training workshops , research and preparation they have been undertaking in their own country as well as giving wider visibility and a chance to disseminate the project wider. Celebration and evaluation activities will be included in this seminar.
This project is coordinated by Everything Is Possible in partnership with countries from Latin America and Europe and is supported by the Youth In Action programme of the European Union.
4 At the end of 2005 our teachers were working on a social-artistic circus project for Palestinian children and young people. Thanks to the support of the Flemish Community, they would travel under the project title 'Cirq the World – Palestine in the ring' on 1 August 2006 to the Palestinian city of Ramallah to work with some enthusiastic local partners, to create the first official Palestinian Circus School. The ultimate goal was to launch and to permanently support a long-term circus project collaboration with creative local youth organizations. At first they would train 2 a group of young people from different backgrounds for weeks to become new circus counselors. Together with them they would organize a circus week for children from the neighborhood and organize a year plan for the circus school. And with a little show by the children and young people the First Palestinian Circus would finally be officially opened. We also announced this project in our previous application for provincial subsidies.
A slight doubt on whether to proceed with the project came to mind when the Israeli attacks on Gaza intensified. But the situation in the West Bank remained ‘ normal’ and so everything would continue. Until on July 14 bombs fell on southern Lebanon in July and threw the region for the umpteenth time in a spiral of violence. On 24 we took the decision we could not leave under such an negative travel advisory.
The Palestinian founder of the circus school in Ramallah, Shadi Zmorrod, was very disappointed when the decision was made to cancel the project. For months we were living and working towards the moment that we would meet to start the "First Palestinian Circus". In consultation with the Palestinian partners, we decided not to give up but to continue with the formation of the school, eventhough our instructors could not to travel to give the initial workshop.
We decede to try our hardest to send the circus materials, so that the Palestinians had the material to start. And thanks to the support of the Flemish Community a major part of the circus material arrived there on time. Both the amount of the material as well as the shipping costs to Ramallah were reimbursed with the requested subsidies. From Ramallah we were told that, partly due to the circus material we sent, they were able to make a successful start.
Through trick sharing, the young circus lovers then tried to train each other and open the First Palestinian Circus School as a tight group. Their first circus performance 'Circus behind the wall' already garnered a lot of success. Our circus school put together an emergency syllabus to help the Palestinian youngsters on way, and we kept in touch by mail. New possibilities to work together and share ideas and exchange experiences are still being investigated.
In the meantime, Shadi Zmorrod visited our circus school and talks about a long-term cooperation are ongoing.
During the Easter vacation of 2004 for the first time. In April 2004 we started a project in collaboration with the Higher Institute for Readaptation Sciences Leuven (HIRL) that offers enthusiastic volunteers the chance to participate in community projects in Morocco. The program is organized in the coastal town of Essaouira where two Belgian street workers set up basic services for the street children. They make sure that they have one hot meal each day and guest accommodation. There are also counselors who engage with the children. The project has been running for several years under the leadership of the Belgians, but has become too big.
A few times per year, counselors from the circus school, together with the HIRL, travel to Essaouira to organize a playground project that, in the long term, can and must be taken over by the oldest of the street children.
The added value of the Leuven circus school is her experience with poverty and with children, and the attractiveness and accessibility of circus techniques. Moreover, one of our teachers already had experience with circus children of the suburbs of Morocco, because they 2002 offered training in Morocco to circus counselors in a circus workshop in the capital Rabat.
In the Easter- and summer vacation of 2006 another delegation from the circus school traveled to Essaouira.