Bornfree Art School International {BASI}

What is Bornfree Art School?
The Bornfree Art School is a special school created exclusively for street, working children and freed bonded labor children. The objective is to educate and develop these children through the arts, putting them back into the main stream of education. Children will learn sculpture, painting, dance, music, theater, photography and filmmaking along with reading, writing, and mathematics. Education through entertainment and the sharing of knowledge are the core aspects to our dynamic process of learning. Art is a therapeutic means for children from such difficult backgrounds to express themselves freely, regain the confidence and self respect as well as to generate interest in education.

Background...
There are 217 million working children in the world, 134 million of which live and word in India. These children toil for adults' profits and are deprived of the fundamental human right to education. Working children have no homes and attend no schools; they instead roam the streets and sleep under the stars. They belong to the most oppressed section of the society. In India, child labour is prohibited under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child as well as the domestic law entitled the Child Labour Prohibition Act, 1986 in India. However, child labour is socially, politically, economically and culturally systemized and practiced all over India. We need to bring about a social and cultural change in the mindset of the people and create an ever-growing community committed to the cause of creating an egalitarian society free of toiling children. Until we take up the task of educating and empowering our children, changes in the social pattern will become a distant dream. It is through the expressive idiom of the plastic and visual arts- theater, dance, mime, song and music and dialogue. We can bring about a social and cultural change in the mindset of the people committed to the cause of creating an egalitarian society free of toiling children.

Not an NGO, but a People's Movement
Bornfree Art School is not the establishment of another school, but a movement for the liberation of toiling children. This movement has to involve the people and be continued by the people. The Bornfree Art School as a movement is not exclusive to India but needs to be travel and grow where child labour exists in the world.

Why Arts?
Art is a means of therapy for children who have been exposed to violence, anger, hatred and who are depressed and emotionally unstable. They need to be able to liberate themselves from these social, cultural, physical and emotional traumas through the cultivation of free expression and creativity generated by music, dance, theater, sculpting, painting, photographing, and filmmaking. The Arts are a powerful tool for these children to gain confidence and reestablish themselves as human beings of worth. The Arts create a safe place in which these children can dream a dream, recover their childhoods and have hope for the future. Artists make history and change the world. Artists can stop wars, fight against corruption, and change the way that people think. The Arts are a powerful tool for searching out the truth and finding the spirit of the inner self, both of immense value in self and social education.

 

Vision

There are 333 million children in India who form a third of our population. Out of this, 183 million are out of school. 127 million are either primary school dropouts or working. Until we take up the task of educating and empowering our children, changes in the social pattern will become a distant dream. It is through the expressive idiom of the plastic and visual arts- theater, dance, mime, song and music and dialogue. We can bring about a social and cultural change in the mindset of the people committed to the cause of creating an egalitarian society free of toiling children. A new aesthetic order of the rights and equality of the brown people are needed, particularly for the Dalits (the Scheduled Castes). The Arts is a powerful tool for searching the truth and finding the spirit of the inner self, both of immense value in self and social education.

 

Aims

  1. Endeavoring for the total emancipation of children from toil
  2. The continuing education in plastic and visual arts, music, theatre and dance
  3. The study of new artistic symbolism from the rural base
  4. The production and creation of modern painters and sculptors among the Dalits and peasantry from the village base
  5. The study and development of cost effective housing techniques that popularize these ideas by training school drop outs by imparting civil engineering science for the development of cost effective skills and its effective utility.
  6. Environmental study center for growing medicinal plants, herbs and to increase a forestation.
  7. Develop student co-operatives who will play a significant role in evolving the policies and principles and actively participate in the construction of the University of Gondwanaland. 
  8. Foster the spirit of Internationalism for equality and universal social justice.
  9. Creating a culture of peace, friendship and harmony with the people, for the people of the world.
  10. Folk and subaltern culture

 

Goals

  1. Conceptualizing and evolving syllabus of education to cater to the needs of formal, non-formal, open, and visual needs and requirements.
  2. Continuous campaigning for the need for visual education
  3. Identifying existing traditional heritage skills and knowledge and transforming it into a contemporary idiom.
  4. Networking with National and International Art Academies, Artists, Museums and Campaigns against child labour to establish linkages and exchanges
  5. Campaign among children and young people to build a cultural movement against child labour, to produce a culture against child labour and to raise funds for the University of Gondwanaland. With the support generated build the Art School infrastructure.
  6. Campaign among the surrounding hamlets and villages the idea through cultural performances.
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