Balancê is a project whose aim is to prevent children from dropping out of school in Neves (São Tomé and Príncipe), starting in July 2017.
Currently, São Tomé and Príncipe is home to an exceedingly young population, where over 52% is under 19 years old and and 71.6% of which do not progress from Basic into Secondary Education. This is product of a diverse set of problems, such as precocious employment and the lack of future prospects for young people, academic failure and at risk behaviours, expensive school transportation, and the lack of adequate response by local institutions.
Based on this set of circumstances, we hereby propose to reduce these school dropout rates between basic and secondary education through non-formal education methodologies. We strive to increase their abilities in order to reach a successful school progression and to generate a positive impact on their surrounding community.
Assuch, the activities are focused in the following areas: mentoring, artistic education and community outreach programs. We hold that all young people have the capacity to choose their own paths in life and in their education, so that the educator’s function is to guide the youth through such paths by providing them with diverse experiences that result in their evolution as a being aware of his or her self and of the world.
Dinâmicas de grupo II
About the author
Balancê was born from the group SPIRIT as promoted by ONGD WACT - We Are Changing Together. SPIRIT aims to construct and implement social intervention projects in São Tomé and Príncipe, motivating those taking part to take on the role of changemakers. This project is composed by five elements with diverse but self-complementary interests and backgrounds, thus contributing in such a fashion to the creation of a project with different dimensions of scope that, interconnect, will promote the wholesome development of the youth in São Tomé and Príncipe.
Our team is composed by five changemakers (Bárbara, Beatriz, Marta, Filipa e Rita) passionate for the fields of Education, Fine Arts, Music, Dance and Social Responsibility. We have a special interest in the transmission of ethical principles and values for the end of the development of communities.
Background in the fields of Social Services, Arts, Economy, and Political Sciences. Abilities in the implementation of social projects in the areas of education and group activity dynamization.
Taking into account our background and abilities, we believe that Education should provide the essential tools of personal and social development so that each youth becomes self-aware, aware of the other and of the surrounding world, through artistic and psycho-pedagogical processes.
We are the ideal team to build momentum to this project!
Budget and due dates
To fulfill this dream, we need to raise the amount above as a way to cover the following expenses:
- Changemakers travel support;
- Drawing and painting supplies;
- Writing supplies;
- Transportation (Travel expenses for partner meetings);
- Ground telecommunications;
Balancê will proceed to the city of Neves, part of the Lembá district of São Tomé e Príncipe, on the 5th of July 2017, for the first phase of implementation.
We are counting on your support so that the youth of Neves can continue with their studies.