Modern circus in Krnjaca i Bogovadja
Owing to the support of our partners Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit-GIZ, the regional project Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkans – PaCT, and EU Delegation within the project Road Map for Migrants – Guide through the labyrinth, in November we implemented two occupation-sports activities in the asylum centres in Krnjača and Bogovađa. These activities aimed to introduce the participants to the basics of the modern circus and cultural exchange. The activities included children – girls and boys, travelling with families, originating from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Burundi and Cuba, and unaccompanied minors originating from Afghanistan and Iran. During these workshops, the participants had the opportunity to see the acts of professionals and to try manipulating various props. The participants were most interested in juggling balls, as well as cones and hula hoops.
Unaccompanied minors, accommodated in AC Bogovađa, were especially interested in juggling balls and said that it was the most interesting part of the activity. Some of them were extremely dexterous, so they quickly adopted the skill of juggling 3 and 4 balls. Especially important for supporting their development were the stories of associates from the circus, about how much effort and time they needed to invest in order to master these skills.
Preschool and school-age children accommodated in AC Krnjača were particularly interested in balance exercises and for them, it was the most interesting part of the activity.
By participating in activities they are interested in, children and teenagers have numerous benefits for their mental and physical health – practising concentration and focus, patience, perseverance and coordination of movements are just some of them.