Thibaut van 't Hof
Can an art form be used as an educational tool? As a way to promote critical thinking and values? And can we use an art form that is close to the hearts and minds of often underprivileged groups of urban youth? Hip-hop as a tool to teach and learn? We think it’s possible.
Benelux, Germany, Morroco
Hip-hop is an important part of the lives of many urban, low-income youth. Using hip-hop as a way to educate these youngsters can give them more interest in education in general, which, as we know, is an important cure for social ills. Dropout rates decline, youngsters learn to think in a more critical way, their field of interests will expand, self-confidence will grow and maybe most importantly, they will learn how to get heard by policy makers on subjects that are important to them. All these elements are an important part of a democratic society that we, with our small project, want to support.
Some of the expected results:
- Organize a yearly conference where hip-hop & politics are the main themes.
- Organize nine literary salons, where we’ll reach at least 100 people per event.
- Train at least eight teachers to give Urban Philosophy classes.
- Reach at least 60 youngsters who are willing to participate in the classes.
- Create a mixtape with youngsters in which they formulate their message to policy makers. Afterwards organize an event around this.
- Organize two seminaries in which we’ll invite five internationally renowned scientist who focus on hip-hop education. We expect at least 200 participants, among which a lot of youth workers and organizations who work with youth.
- Involve at least 15 artists in the project.
Five important steps:
- The first step is sitting together with different organizations that are valuable for the project: cultural centers, youth centers, libraries, schools, community centers and other organizations. We’ll explain the project, our vision and what their role can be.
- Contact artists, hip-hop educators … This process will be facilitated because of our large network in Europe and the US.
- The educators will teach our own teachers in a series of masterclasses.
- These teachers will spread their new knowledge to a first group of urban youth that are interested in the project.
- In the meantime, we set up the salons and seminaries so that we create a platform were knowledge and skills can be shared and a community can grow, first locally, then throughout the whole of Europe
Funding requested from Advocate Europe