"I can strive to be an independent learner. I can search for my own boundless passion beyond the ranks and walls of this building called school ", shares Supriya - a young poet part of Slam Out Loud's programs for the past 4 years. Creative expression has enabled Supriya to #Unmute her voice - and speak her own truth to power.
Slam Out Loud is a non-profit that #Unmutes the voices of children coming from the most difficult places through the transformational power of art and expression. We build in children the Creative Confidence to dream bigger and make those dreams real.
We don’t want to just survive. Through our work, we want to create an immutable case that something as fundamental as finding our voice, discovering ourselves, and finding safe spaces for creativity, should not be limited to a privileged class.
What’s even more exciting? Every rupee you donate to Slam Out Loud via this fundraiser, up to 31,00,000 will be doubled through a matching donation made by our incredible Impact Partners DailyHunt, Dalberg, and Girl Rising, who have shown great belief in our past results and vision for the future.
Read on to know more.
Supriya comes from a background where dreams are a luxury, but her story isn’t that of disempowerment. Supriya’s story, just like that of Muskan who wants to be a journalist, Abbas an aspiring writer, and Nitish, who wants to play football for an international league is a story of hope, a story of the transformational power of creativity and confidence. A story that’s built on the power of having a VOICE.
IS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DREAM A REALITY FOR MOST CHILDREN IN INDIA? NOT WHEN THEIR VOICES ARE MUTED.
THE PROBLEM: Children in government schools receive less than 20 hours of art and art-based education each year. There is 1 art teacher for every 1400+ children- which means less than 20 hours of art-based learning for our country's children.
According to the Economic Development Quarterly, children who received art education showed an 80% increase in creativity and levels of social skills. The National Endowment for the Arts observed that students partaking in arts courses had higher grades and were five times more likely to graduate compared to their peers.
Despite compelling evidence, the deprioritization of arts-based learning leaves our children voiceless.
This is where Slam Out Loud comes in, to #UnmuteIndia.
UNLOCKING CREATIVE CONFIDENCE
At SOL, we build creative confidence (life) skills such as Communication, Critical Thinking, and Empathy in children aged 7-17, from disadvantaged communities.
We provide our children with access to art and artistic opportunities in visual and performance arts like Poetry, Storytelling, and Theatre.
By placing talented artists into classrooms and supporting teachers/community leaders to bring art-based learning into communities, our in-person programs reach 50000 children.
Our response to COVID, aimed at bringing well-being and creative outcomes for children through low-tech online interventions has created footprints in 19 countries, reaching over 4.7 million children. This initiative has been now selected as a case study by Harvard, OECD, World Bank Group, and HundrED.
Want more children to find their voice? Here’s where you come in!
Your support will collectively enable us to reach 5 million children over the next year. We want to implement our blended learning approaches for children with very little or no internet access, with customizations to disseminate them through Radio, Television, WhatsApp, IVRS and other print formats - #Unmuting children’s voices and their dreams.
Who are we?
With past experience and knowledge from Teach for India, Piramal Foundation, National University of Singapore, Ashoka University, NMIMS, and Delhi University - our team has the passion, skills, and talent to enable our vision of #Unmuting India - one voice at a time. Meet the team here:
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