Project Bantu is a Social Cultural intervention developed by MestreRoxinho. To introduces the Brazilian art of Capoeira Angola to young people. The activitiescombine the healing potential of musical and physical expression to produce a range of social and learningoutcomesand increase their Physical resistance, Improve fitness, Self-awareness, Mindfulness, Body expression and Music skills.
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 shownlots 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.
Through the process of learning about all aspects of this enigmatic art, a dialogue is created whereby the student is able to develop a more positive, self-controlled and holistic sense of self. Students learn how to perform all the physical movements of Capoeira Angola; to sing the traditional songs; play the instruments necessary to form the Orchestra of Capoeira Angola; and make some of the instruments such as the Caxixi and Berimbau. The Orchestra is an essential part of Capoeira Angola and together with the songs, leads the game itself. Classes also cover theoretical aspects of the game and include information about the history, culture and traditions of Capoeira Angola, as well as exploring its historical and cultural origins.