What has been the impact of your solution to date?
3-year impacts assessment:
1. Intensive training of trainers in Facilitating Development through Arts (50 sessions, 150 hrs): 60 participants, 18 100% scholarships. Trainees from those courses have applied what they learnt in their workplace, schools, and projects.
2. Public Workshops: 30 workshops, 450 participants - adults and children. We create a safe setting for individuals to develop creativity and critical thinking - to experiment themselves. We also provide 45 scholarships for selected scholars from difficult circumstances.
4. Me project: A project with The Will to Live Center, working with 25 disabled young people. We organized art-based activities to support their self-worth pursuit, and sharing/learning process. The project attracted considerable attention from the media.
5. Creating Art For Development Net-Work: 40 practical sharing sessions with 40 topics, 70 regular participants.
6. Training on Radical Pedagogy for 50 school head-masters in Hanoi.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
After the 6-month program, there will be 20 teachers who can professionally adopt our methods and around 800 students who directly benefit from their teachers' innovation in teaching method. After 1 year, we expect that 200 teachers will understand and be able to integrate our methods into their teaching, and 8000 students will start to benefit from our methods. We expect that needs will arise, and we will organize more similar programs upon requests. Also, this project will capture the media's interest, thus making art-based methods more familiar to the majority of people and changing their traditional "banking model" perspective on education. Only when many people are aware of the necessity and effectiveness of our methods, a real education reform can take place in a large scale.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
First, our art-based method seems very easy to adopt, so there's a high chance that many other teachers will try to copy without understanding the theoretical core, thus creating failed results and wrong interpretation of our method. However, in Vietnam, since our facilitators are all professionally trained in this field, each of our workshop's effectiveness will be ensured. People will soon realize the difference in term of effectiveness and seek to understand our method's core.
Second, our method is unfamiliar to most people, so it takes time for both teachers and education administrators to accept our method. Again, we hope that the method's testified effectiveness in addressing the most abstract problems (raising empathy, for example) will make people understand and follow the method.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Train 20 teachers to adopt the art-based methods in schools.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Make the participants become the trainers, so that the art-based methods will be more and more popular in schools.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
I studied Psychology, Sociology and Economics in India. I then came to know a project that used media and theatre for development, which interested me a lot because I always wanted to do something artistic and creative, while still doing work related to Psychology. I decided to apply and won a scholarship to go to University of Winchester to study Media and Theatre as Development. When I came back to Vietnam, I realized that this method for development was very effective; it could be applied to support people to develop their most abstract abilities, regardless of their ages, backgrounds or social conditions. Usually when people are playing and being creative, they are more comfortable to see themselves, approach their own problems and relate to the others. I decided that I would use this method to help improve Vietnam's education system - to create a learning space that is more empathetic, creative and encouraging. That is the reason why I founded Life Art.