Empowering vulnerable children in Africa through the natural language of play and the creative art

The Sun Bird Arts program is a core program of the Caravan of Joy that works specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa with vulnerable children and communities, through partnerships with local artists, educators, and Ministries to enhance opportunities for arts education.

Location: Africa 

Programs: Artists in the Schools, After School Arts and Play Program, Team Joy Workshops, Community Holiday Programming

The program has been implemented in 8 African countries, including:

The need:

8 of the 10 countries with the lowest pre-primary net enrolment rates in the world are in sub-Saharan Africa. [1

Sub-Saharan Africa currently faces the world’s worst shortage of primary school teachers. In Ghana, the average teacher has 57 pupils. [2

15 million African children between the ages of 6 and 11 will never attend school in their lifetime. [3

[1] The Africa-America Institute (2015). State of Education in Africa Report 2015.

[2] Kazeem, Y. (2016). “African countries are facing the world’s worst teacher shortage.” Quartz Africa.

[3] Gallagher, K. (2017). “10 Important Facts about Education in Africa.” The Borgen Project.

Designed in partnership with local artists and educators, our program combines creative and fun filled activities in dance, drama, visual arts and music which empower, engage and encourage resilience, confidence and joy for each and every child involved. The Big Little Caravan of Joy implements sustainable arts based programs for children led by local artists, educators and community volunteers through the year in schools and daycares. The arts curriculum developed specifically for children also develops, supports and encourages the capacity for cognitive, physical and emotional development.

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