- Confidence – The skills developed through theater, not only train our children how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence they need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsals. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large.
- Non-Verbal Communication – Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.
- Receiving Constructive Feedback – Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final.
- Collaboration – Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.
- Dedication – When children get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience’s applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts.
- Accountability – When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. They acknowledge them, learn from them and move.
All these skills will benefit the children now and in their future success, and they acquire these skills without even realizing it!!
Human (children) rights advocacy.
- Access to good quality education for all children.
- Endeavour to instill a ‘dynamic’ as opposed to a ‘destructive’ cultural beliefs to children, youth and elders of the community especially child care givers. Through short programmers on TV and Radio.
- Create conducive environment and special programs for children/youth who have special needs i.e. slow learners, school drop-outs and the specially challenged.
- To advocate for and promote a more powerful presence of art in the community.
The mechanisms of Arts Impact in a nut-shell
- Improves school performance
- Builds interpersonal ties
- Increases opportunities for self-expression and enjoyment
- Reduces delinquency in high-risk youth
- Increases sense of individual value and self-esteem
- Improves individuals’ sense of belonging or attachment to a community
- Improves human capital: skills and creative abilities Builds individual social networks
- Enhances ability to work with others and communicate ideas
- Builds community identity and pride Leads to positive community norms, such as diversity, tolerance and free
- Reduces neighborhood crime and promotes cultural diversity, thus improving community image
It is therefore the right of every child to be well nurtured into adulthood so they can confidently face tomorrow. It is important when we go back to our creator, we leave behind real future men and women who will be wise, respectable, loving, caring, creative, and self-reliant.
If no action is taken now, we will have rural communities dominated by Interdependent adults, who have no vision, adults without a purpose, adults who do not live but merely exist.