Barefeet Theatre

Barefeet LogoName of the project: ‘QUEST’ – Length: 36 months (till August 2018) Target area: Kaoma district in Western province, Kitwe district in Copperbelt province, Lusaka district in Lusaka province, Livingstone district in  Southern province and Kabwe district in Central province Target groups: 600 young people, policy makers, 6000 community members, 10.000 attendees of the Barefeet Theatre Festival and over 10.000 that follow QUEST on TV and Social media.

Barefeet’s new project ‘QUEST’ is building upon previous work with youth groups across five districts. Barefeet aims to improve knowledge and use of social accountability, democratic processes, media and theatre among youth in Zambia to advocate for their rights and create change.

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  • Barefeet Theatre is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses play, creativity and empowerment to give vulnerable children in Zambia a chance at a better life. Barefeet was founded by former street children as a response to the plight of young people living on Zambia’s streets. Through the power of performance, educational workshops, and more, Barefeet helps educate and develop vulnerable youth into physical healthy, cognitively and socially competent young people.
    Established in 2006, Barefeet is about people. It’s about children. It’s about art. Barefeet is about change, about fun, about achieving transformation through mischief, hard work, but always laughter and a smile. It is about information and education. It is about hoe, aspiration and reaching for more.
    Barefeet has 5 ‘toes’- programme areas- which help inspire the most vulnerable youth to make positive life choices and to a safe and healthy environment. To achieve this Barefeet uses a multidimensional approach: through 1) theatre, 2) performance, 3) psychosocial support,4) creativity, and 5) self-expression Barefeet works to address the needs of children they work with.
    Barefeet delivers life-saving information and inspiration to the kids who need it the most through their outreach programmes with children living on the street, the interactive theatre workshops with 2,000 children in 40 communities in Zambia, and on the national stage the annual Barefeet Youth Arts Festival. Additionally, children advocate for change for their fellow youth through the Barefeet Children Council, comprised of elected representatives from the partner children centres.

 

 

Objective

1) For Young people to: a) Better understand social policies which affect their lives b) Identify weaknesses within those policies (policy influencing) c) Identify weaknesses in their implementation (social accountability) d) Articulate their desire for change through the use of creative arts and media; 2.For young people to: a) Effectively draw in key stakeholders to secure the changes that they have identified as important (policy influencing) b) Advocate for stronger implementation of existing policy (social accountability).

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