I remember two kids speaking different languages, coming from different parts of the world who had no common language except the one of the heart and soul. And when the project was ending they cried in each other’s arms, because emotions were what they understood best. They even didn’t know they were both orphans.
In Brave Kids Project using spoken language is only a small part of communication. Our gestures, tone of voice, mimicry, and context of a situation often say more than words. We are modelling alternative ways of communication for culturally diverse group of people, showing them how they can communicate and work together without words.
In our Model of work we use the artistic elements that children bring to the project in their initial group performances as the platform to allow them to communicate with one another and work together.
We are trying to manage the group not by forcing, imposing or explaining but rather by acting, showing, giving examples. It is worth remembering that during Brave Kids we deal with big, socially and culturally diverse groups. That's why games and exercises are our basic tool of managing the groups, their focus, and energy. Through games we also offer participants tools for non-verbal communication, making space for efficient work in creative and pleasant atmosphere.