Folk Education Festival
Description: The idea of this camp is to highlight the educational, social and artistic dimension of folklore and using it as a means of education for citizenship. So ASTOVOT organizes this cultural project of education as festival. This festival is for us a way to attract a large audience and to provide a space for reflection about citizen education (Environment : deforestation, global warming …) The festival is about promoting groups that are active in the cultural and artistic local scene while giving them an occasion to perform their arts and at the same time raising awareness about global citizenship subjects (Environment: deforestation, global warming).
Type of Work: The first step: Reflection and awareness around the themes (Discussions-debate, visits and meetings with locals, mobilisation action) -Visiting the local organizations involved in the safeguard of the environment -Entertaining activities for teenagers, such as providing educational tools to encourage the young people to respect and protect the environment in their daily life; -Raising awareness on the waste disposal. -Meetings and discussions on all the above mentioned themes (local active members involved in the community development will be invited). In the second stage the main activity will be the organisation of the festival (place set-up, awareness actions to be taken together with the festival artists…)
Study Theme: Culture and awareness
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated at the ASTOVOT quarters head, in the library. The preparation of the meals and the cleaning will be everybody’s task, as the volunteers will be sharing it. There is electricity and a limited access to Internet.
Language: French is the official language in Togo, but in the southern part of the country the most spoken language is Éwé. French can be considered as the language relegated to a role essentially administrative. NB: The workcamp’s languages will be French and English.
Requirements: The ASTOVOT workcamps are open to everybody, no matter the volunteers’ nationality. The minimum required age is 18. No particular skill is required, being motivated about the activities and being able of maintaining a decent moral behaviour is enough.
Approximate Location: Kpalimé: Kpalime is a lovely city surrounded by hills, 120 Km from the capital Lomé in the south west of Togo. Known for its mild climate, its amazing landscapes and a large variety of tropical fruits, it is a moving city welcoming different peoples from all over the country and many tourists during summertime.
Notes: In addition to the activities to be carried out by the volunteers, folklore groups from the Kloto region will prepare performances based on the themes they choose (Environmental Protection, Conflict and Peace). Thus, the festival will take into account the staging of the various folk groups and the staging of the group of volunteers. This would be the place of expression and valorization of the Togolese culture through the various themes mentioned above.
NB: The participating groups will be awarded with different prices. The volunteers can bring didactic tools (posters, handouts, audio/video files) regarding the safeguard of the environment, especially the global warming.