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Sector: Art and social Ongoing Country: Turkey Project status: Ongoing Partner: Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV)

Objectives

TEGV Foundation was established in 1995, in Turkey, to compensate for the shortcomings of the Turkish school system by implementing educational programs and by offering extra curricular activities (artistic and traditional) to primary and middle school kids, residing in disadvantaged or remote areas, and during emergencies. TEGV uses art education as a tool for empowering pupils, encouraging their creativity and promoting their communication and collaborative skills and critical thinking. 

Beneficiaries

  • 619 children (446 in Çorlu, aged 11-14, and 173 in Van, aged 6-10);
  • 8 qualified volunteers in Çorlu;
  • 3 identified volunteers in Van;
  • 30 volunteers contributed to organize and support the Art Exhibition (Çorlu) and the Art Festival (Van);
  • 450 people (children who participated to the artistic workshops, families, community and local administrators from Çorlu and Van) taking part to the Art Exhibition and the Art Festival.

Activities

Between January and June 2018, one of TEGV Firefly mobile (The Dreams Wanderer) has offered, with Alta Mane support, art sessions to 619 children between the ages of 6 and 14, of which a significant number of children of migrant workers, enrolled in two middle schools in Çorlu (Tekirdağ Province, on the border between Bulgaria and Greece) and two primary schools in Van (Eastern Anatolia Region), organizing 12 45-minute art sessions for 619 children, ages 6 to 14. During the 12 45-minutes sessions children were able to experiment, in small groups, various artistic techniques (acrylic, mosaic, monoprinting, sculpture and portraits) and analyze the works of artists from different cultures, historical periods and styles.

At the same time, the project foresaw the TEGV training of 8 qualified volunteers in Çorlu, the identification of 3 volunteers in Van, and a total number of 30 volunteers (10 in Çorlu and 20 in Van) helped in the organization and support of the Art Exhibition in Çorlu (April) and the Art Festival in Van (June), gathering 450 people (children who participated to the artistic workshops, families, community and the local administrators from Çorlu and Van). During both events, children’s artworks were displayed, hence increasing the visibility of the program. Additionally, TEGV Staff focused on developing an online platform for The Dreams Wanderer Project in order to enhance the impact of the project and increase its social and communitarian visibility. The platform was designed as a virtual exhibition allowing the visitors to step in the Firefly and appreciate the children’s artworks in 3D produced during the artistic workshops. Also, the platform gives brief information about the Firefly’s paths since 2015 throughout the country and let potential volunteers know about where the Firefly is.

Partner

Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV)

TEGV Foundation was established in 1995, in Turkey, to help compensate for the shortcomings of the Turkish school system in the belief that the country’s problems could only be solved by tackling education first. TEGV is recognized at all levels of the Turkish society for its neutrality and commitment to education, even during emergencies. TEGV staff and qualified volunteers operate from numerous fixed and mobile stations in disadvantaged areas of the country.

Web sites

https://tegv.org/eng/

The Dreams Workshop Education Program: https://tegv.org/eng/education/art/dream-workshop/

The Dreams Wanderer Visual Exhibition: http://www.dusgezgini.com/

Information

Alta Mane supports the Firefly Mobile Unit since 2016. In 2016, the Firefly was located in 6 public schools in the city of Adana and Mersİn, southern part of the country, delivering art sessions to 1’532 children, ages 6 to 14, and the training of 11 qualified volunteers. In 2017, the Firefly was positioned in two middle schools of Artvin-Arhavi (Black Sea Region) and one middle school in Çorlu (Thrace Region) delivering art sessions to 1’435 children, ages 6 to 14, and training 14 volunteers. In 2015, Fondation Alta Mane also supported TEGV 10-week art workshops (The Dreams Workshop) for 9’442 children in 43 centres in 9 cities of Turkey, involving 516 trained volunteers. For further information, please click the following link.