The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC)
The first 3-year cycle was completed in 2015 and now the second cohort has begun their Sm-ART journey in Sept 2015 until 2018.
40 students in P4 to P6
Through a three-year journey of year-round exposure to diverse arts disciplines in and outside of the classroom, Sm-ART Youth enables underprivileged children to nurture a questioning mind, to understand the self and beyond, and to locate meaning in their young lives.
Sm-ART Youth empowers these children to grow in confidence and life skills. Students show increased initiative, creativity and problem-solving skills.
This programme is founded on the concept of inter-generational teaching and learning with volunteer training and contribution.
Knowing the arts, the self & learning to question
Students begin exposure to music, art and drama performances, learning skills like how to question without fear and using their imaginations.
Exploring the arts further, linking & understanding classroom to performances
Students go deeper with their learning, continuing meaningful learning dialogue with tutors.
Setting goals for an action plan, developing & completing an arts project
Students finesse the skills of creating, following an action plan, developing and completing an Individual Project to graduate from Sm-ART Youth. Awards are given to those with special achievements.
Quantitative and qualitative data are collected from students, parents, art educators, teachers and volunteers to assess the impact of the programme on children’s educational, personal, social and aesthetic development.
This project was quoted by the Korea Arts and Cultural Education Service (KACES) as Best Practice Model and is a Star Project under UNESCO’s Arts in Education Observatory at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.