Starting circus training for the youth of his underprivileged neighbourhood, Gift Chansa’s idea is a vibrant effort that showcases the strength and talent of more than 80 young people who have taken the opportunity Circus Zambia offers. Physical training takes care of the body, as the performers work on their acrobatics, clown acts and dancing. Through it, they learn the value of healthy living and taking care of their bodies. The mind is addressed through the academic support Circus Zambia offers at-risk youth. Participants take part in literacy programmes and educational circus camps. The circus library offers them books and the media lab offers access to computers and the internet. Life, social and leadership skills are taught as part of the soul component. Circus Zambia uses circus and clown training to teach about HIV/AIDS, sanitation, drug and alcohol abuse and more.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA