Name of Program: Performing Arts For Action - PACT
Grade Level of Students Participating
Youth: Grade 5 to 12
Educator trainees: 18 - 30 years old
Number of Students Participating per Year
Approximately students 1,000 per year;
22 to 25 PACT educators are trained every year.
Year Organization Began
Relationship to the public education system
PACT trainees brings its theater technique programs to public schools.
Organization’s Vision and Mission
Promote social development, creativity and cross-cultural understanding by utilizing the performing arts in productions, training and exchange programs nationally and internationally.
Brief Description of Program Activities
PACT - Performing Arts for Action - is a regional theater based training project that was established in 2013. PACT is a platform that provides specialized training to peer educators, performers, performing arts educators, artists, youth and health organizations with basic theatre knowledge in both performing arts and peer health education to deliver effective dynamic messages through performing arts with a focus on theatre techniques, to young people on controversial yet important issues related to reproductive health, women’s rights, sexuality education, prevention of HIV and AIDS.
Program Content: Intrapersonal Competencies
The program aims to foster the intrapersonal competencies of appreciation for diversity and artistic and cultural appreciation. Students experience using theater skills and participatory drama techniques as creative powerful tools for social change.
Program Content: Interpersonal Competencies
The program aims to foster the interpersonal competencies of self-representation and communication. Students learn to communicate health related issues through using theatre as a medium.
Program Content: Cognitive Competencies
The program aims to foster the cognitive competencies of creativity.
Program Content: Attitudes and Values
The program aims to foster the attitudes and values of cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for diversity
Program Content: Pedagogy/Active Engagement of Students
The training utilizes theater skills and participatory drama techniques as creative powerful tools for social change, focusing on specific themes, where the purpose is generally to impart knowledge and change negative attitudes and behavior and divided into two levels: the beginners level consists of 30 hours and the advanced level 70 hours.
The training courses provided by NCCA are based on the Theater Based Techniques for PEER Education Manual produced by UNFPA and international theater experts in collaboration with NCCA in 2005. PACT training courses are accredited and certified by the International Theater Institute (ITI) – UNESCO, Paris.
Additional Links of Note
1 All information on this table come from NCCA and PACT’s website and from a phone interview with Lina Attel, director general, that took place in July 2016.
Vincent Chunhao Qian