Training in artistic languages for youth from agricultural communities

Artistic language opens the space for creativity and imagination, it is a form of expression that is made up of different elements such as movement, light, music, image, gestures, among others. It also helps reinforce learning, it invites to experience and be aware of our own body, emotions and sensations. For this reason, in alliance with the National Coordination of Child Cultural Development of the Ministry of Culture, 69 young people (51 women and 18 men) received training from the Youth Building the Future program who help implement community and educational activities.

Three workshops were held in March in different states: "Somos Garabato", in Oaxaca, for the use of artistic expression through the body, music and dance. The Book-object workshop, in Veracruz, to provide workshop tools where children and adolescents can participate in various artistic expressions; and "Grana Cochinilla", in Oaxaca, where girls and boys participated in a playful exercise around the recognition of their bodies and their surroundings to bring closer the use of the representative purple pigment of the cochineal, as well as its history. In this last workshop, 135 children and adolescents from two primary and two secondary schools participated.

Photos: Girls and boys from the municipality of San Miguel Soyaltepec, Oaxaca, in the “Grana cochinilla” workshop.

The workshops were implemented by specialists from the National Coordination of Children's Cultural Development and in coordination with local partners, who were based on: play, creativity and artistic languages, such as dance, theater, literature, oral narration , music and plastic arts. During the sessions, participants put their own ideas into practice, created materials and proposals to work with girls and boys in the communities.

Based on these experiences, the facilitators and fellows put into practice what they have learned through the activities of the Campos de Esperanza program, which will provide children with other recreational alternatives and reinforce the importance of education as a strategy to prevent child labor in schools where students are at risk of dropping out. Likewise, they were carried out in community activities where children who are not in school attend so that they can develop new skills and tools for life.

In the workshop "Somos Garabato" I learned that the game should be directed, inclusive and fun, but above all with one objective: to know what we want to achieve through a good attitude and disposition. That we have two valuable tools: our body and our voice, to develop new skills and put them into practice in working with girls and boys.

Briseida, 22, Oaxaca.​

Two more workshops in the Tezonapa and Zongolica municipalities in conjunction with the Coordination of Children's Cutural Development will be carried out during the next months