Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Red Nose Foundation uses a three-step model to support the development of empathy in our students and to teach them skills to build and reach their dreams. The first stage is pure arts exploration. During the first year of the children’s education with RNF, the children learn many different styles of art including; circus, theater, dance, music and visual arts. During this stage, RNF focuses on teaching the children how to appreciate and support each other for their strengths and weaknesses. The second stage (year), the children add informal education lessons (English, math, basic literacy and homework help) to their schedules. These classes reinforce the 'learning skills' taught in the arts classes, as well as prepare them to succeed in their traditional schooling. Now that the children our equipped with the social and learning skills needed to succeed, they enter the third and final stage of our program. RNF takes responsibility for the children’s educational expenses as well as assists them with planning their futures (career planning). It is during this third stage where we teach the children that they must take their own future into their own hands and that their success is solely dependent on their own hard work.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
In 2008, classes in North Jakarta had to be separated by gender. Not because of cultural taboos, but because the girls refused to participate if the boys were in the room. In 2014, there is no such thing as segregated classes at Red Nose. Boys and girls support each other in their educational journey and become the best of friends because of their shared experiences. As a result of learning through playing, Red Nose children become critical and empathetic thinkers. They understand that people come from different walks of life, but all people learn to do back flips by jumping in the air and pulling their feet over their heads. The children become creative problem solvers by developing clown acts, in which circumstances are exaggerated, but a problem is presented and they must find a unique (and sometimes even funny) way to move through each moment on stage, comically overcoming obstacles.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Red Nose is currently developing a standardized curriculum that can be taught to national school teachers, thus offering systematic change on an exponential scale. With proper funding and adequate training, we believe that our philosophy of building empathy through and strengthening education with Play will successfully spread throughout the slum community's school system, allowing children currently trapped in the cycle of poverty because of an inept education system, to break free and achieve their dreams. Curriculum being developed includes: Circus w/ English, Math w/ Music & Science w/ Art