The aims of the program are to build the capacity of young people from refugee backgrounds to settle in the Australian school environment and assist in the recovery from the impact of trauma.
To contribute to this goal, the stated objectives are:
- Increased ability to work cooperatively in order to achieve a common goal through the encouragement of teamwork.
- Increased confidence and self-esteem through the mastery of rhythm maintenance, physical agility, flexibility and self-expression, and performing in front of an audience.
- Increased interpersonal skills through understanding the range of human emotions and their expression in the game.
- Increased control of emotions like anger, through learning constructive ways to express and deal with emotions.
- Increased self-discipline and responsibility through the recognition of the need for boundaries as part of an effective group process.
- Improved teacher-student relationships and increased school attendance through recognition and respect of roles.
The program originated in Brazil for youth at risk and young people in Juvenile Justice Centres and public schools and has been adapted to fit the needs of the young people worldwide. Young people who participated in the project in Brazil showed considerable improvement in their behavioural and social competence. After ten years working in Australia, and been evaluated the program has shown lots of positive outcomes and teachers observed an incredible behaviour change in classroom cooperation and individual and increased self-esteem. Young people were also has become a youth assistant in the program after five years of practice, an opportunity to develop youth work skills. For the past 5 years, the program has been implemented in the Philipines as well working with vulnerable street youth and inside public schools in Manila.
“Capoeira Angola is above all a way of living, a philosophy based in individual liberty, in happiness, in respect, in cooperation, in comradeship, and in the community spirit, thus integrating man in society.”
- Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial art, music and dance. Recognised a world Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO in 2014. For promoting worldwide mutual respect and social cohesion.
The history of Capoeira Angola started in the 16th century, at a time when Brazil was a colony of Portugal and the African slave labour force was largely utili sed in Brazil, especially in the agricultural production of sugar in the North-East. Many of these slaves came from the region of Angola Nigeria, also a Portuguese colony. In Africa, the Angolans had many dances (eg: the N’golo, the Bacula, the Cabangula and the Umudinhu) which mixed with each other in Brazil, this became the origin of Capoeira (the game of Angola), which transferred to urban zones and became Capoeira Angola, a martial art disguised as a dance. It was an important instrument of cultural and physical resistance for the Brazilian slaves, today Capoeira is practised in more than 160 countries.