Urban Dance Health Project: Capacity Building

Health Education Programme for Breaking Teachers of Street Children in Brazil, Equatorial Guinea and the Philippines

The problem we aim to solve:

It is a very difficult way to get away from street life in a third world country. In order to keep street children from crime and drugs, breakdance teachers regularly teach in various cultural centers and schools in socially deprived areas.However, street children have many health problems and pain.

The solution our project offers:

Health education programme for active breakdancing teachers for preventing and reducing pain. The dance teachers should learn how to plan a health-oriented training session, provide adequate help with frequent injuries and give instructions on self-therapy exercises.

The impact our project had so far:

Kapayapaan project in Manila (2016): provided hip-hop school for street children with self-therapy tools

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About the project

CAPACITY BUILDING

Health Education Program for Breaking Teachers of Street Children in Brazil, Equatorial Guinea and the Philippines

Underground Soul Cypher e. V. (USC) is an association for urban artists. The Urban Dance Health Organisation, led by Sophie Manuela Lindner and Jens Nonnenmann, is part of the USC association and focuses on the health sector for urban artists, especially for urban dancers - B-Boys and B-Girls. The urban dancers are taught medical and dance-specific expertise. The aim is to promote health prevention by helping people to help themselves.

Health Education Program with the breaking crews Essencia Crew from Brazil, Sniper Crew from Equatorial Guinea and SAS Crew from the Philippines

A series of projects will take place in Caixas do Sul/Brazil, Bata/Equatorial Guinea and Manila/Philippines. Two Urban Dance Health experts and one interpreter will visit the breaking crews Essencia Crew from Brazil, Sniper Crew from Equatorial Guinea and SAS Crew from the Philippines for three weeks. The breaking crews are already part of a social structure, have build up their social teaching schools and teach numerous street children and young people regularly during the week. They have an exemplary function as leaders and are accepted, respected and socially recognised by the young people.

In 2016, Urban Dance Health already visited the Kapayapaan project, a hip-hop school for street children in Manila, and equipped it with self-therapy tools.

THE AIM

The aim is to teach measures for injury prevention and rehabilitation in order to prevent and reduce pain. The focus is set on training theory, physical fitness and above all self-therapy. A daily practical and theoretical exchange of knowledge on the following topics will take place in various cultural centres, youth centres and training facilities.

CONTENT: ◊ Basic Knowledge: Anatomy, Physiology, Training Theory ◊ Health Care and Prevention: Physical Fitness, Stretching, Dance Beginners ◊ Injuries and Therapy: First Aid, Therapy, Self-Treatment

After the intensive health education programme, the dance teachers should be able to plan a health-oriented training session, provide adequate help with the most frequent injuries and give instructions on self-therapy exercises.

Ge and Alex from Essencia Crew have already started with the health education programme and were instructed and prepared with some self-treatment tools. (Stuttgart, Summer 2017)

CERTIFICATE IN URBAN DANCE HEALTH

In order to successfully complete the project, a certification consisting of a written, oral and practical examination is planned at the end of the project and ends with the certificate as a certified 'Urban Dance Health Teacher‘.

By integrating the health program into the local social programme (cultural centre, youth centre, breakdance classes in the slum districts) health is sustainably promoted in this country. The health knowledge of urban dance medicine, especially in self-therapy, is pioneering work. This knowledge is neither available locally nor can it be commissioned and should be made accessible to people in the global South through this knowledge transfer.

DOCUMENTATION & EVALUATION

A cameraman is recruited from the respective project country and shall document the 3 weeks of health education programme to make these photographic and video recordings available to the general public. At the end of the project, an exhibition will take place in Stuttgart/Germany to present and publish the results of the three cameramen from Brazil, the Philippines and Equatorial Guinea.

The project compares the three developing countries by means of standardized questionnaires in the field of capacity building.

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