Using the circus as a tool for development

The last session of the Circus project at the Jatobazinho school in Brazil has now been held

The last session of the Circus project at the Jatobazinho school in Brazil has now been held The last session of the Circus project at the Jatobazinho school in Brazil has now been held

The Jatobazinho school is located in an isolated area on the banks of the Paraguay River where communities are cut off for months due to the swelling river.

This school uses all the educational tools at their disposal to bring about the educational, social and emotional development of the children who live here as boarders. And one of these tools is the circus, a discipline which promotes education in values through artistic training. The students learn to overcome challenges and to deal with the new limits that come up with every step they take. In addition, circus activities encourage positive coexistence and help to strengthen interpersonal relationships.

The Circus project was rolled out throughout 2019 in this educational establishment. During the school year the students learned how to juggle, how to be contortionists and about body language and gaining control of one's own body. They also worked on fostering greater cooperation and raising self-esteem, tolerance and respect for others and promoting creative development, empowerment and determination.

At the Jatobazinho school, run by the Acaia Pantanal, organization, 60 youngsters from communities in which the vast majority of the inhabitants are illiterate get the chance to be educated for life. At Fundación MAPFRE we support this project which offers young people cut off by the waters with a connection to the world and a chance to train for the future.