Culture and Social Enterprises
Youth Access to Culture:
Access of young people to culture is better promoted if young people’s perspectives are included in the cultural policies and access of young people to culture in youth policies, and if partnership is pursued between different fields. There is a need for constructive dialogue between all key actors and stakeholders at all levels in a synchronised and collaborative manner in order to plan strategic approaches and future challenges.
Access of young people to culture as actors or users is an essential condition for their full participation in society. Access to culture can reinforce awareness of sharing a common cultural heritage and promote active citizenship open to the world. Involvement in cultural activities can allow young people to express their creative energy and contribute to their personal development and their feeling of belonging to a community”.
Creative/Performance Arts :
Teens Uganda uses dance, music and theater both as media for communicating messages to young people and communities depicting current status of crises such poverty, disease and other social injustices that affect majority populations. Over twelve (12) school clubs have been reached through the Heritage Education Programme (HEP) and at least four (4) out-of school groups and taught is performing skills.
Currently, Teens Uganda has trained at least over 180 youth and children in these lively arts many of whom now have been recruited into the Teens Uganda Troupe called the Vijjana Generational Group (VGx) named after the Vijjana Generational Museum also hosted at Teens Uganda. Establishing the Museum was supported by the Cross cultural Foundation of Uganda, Rene Van der Mark (Netherlands), and Teens Uganda appreciates the effort and time by Interns from Makerere university (Fiona Nanyanzi, Immaculate Kamara, Mukalazi Geoffrey, and Nakitto Martha) who led to the launch of the firth youth museum in Africa.
Vocational skills training is also supported at this center mainly of crafts making include bags, shoes, baskets etc. Teens uganda has also attracted increasing partnerships with youth groups such as; the Twekembe Youth Development Association (young women’s group) and Meka youth Group.
Building on lesson learned on intercultural competencies, and previous meetings and work done by our peer educators among out-of school youth, Teens Uganda with partners has intensified training targeting both in and out-of school youth in music, dance and drama, and among other skills. The organization has has also hosted dialogues with communities to help young people understand both their cultural and Artistic rights. In general, the essence of Intercultural Competence can be summed up as the ability to work/interact well across cultures. It enables youth to take an active role in confronting social injustice and discrimination and demonstrates a holistic understanding of the individual combining knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes where as also requires an increased sense of solidarity in which individual fear of the other and insecurity are dealt with through critical thinking, empathy, and tolerance of ambiguity.