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The psychosocial impact of capoeira for refugee children and youth


The psychosocial impact of capoeira for refugee children and youth

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Research and Project Evaluations






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Capoeira4Refugees uses capoeira as a psychosocial tool to promote well-being among youth affected by conflict. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian craft that combines live music, sport, dance, play, culture and history. This report evaluates the psychosocial impact of capoeira in relation to Capoeira4Refugees’ existing theory of change which purports that capoeira leads to improved psychosocial well-being through the development of five key domains: playfulness, emotional stability, friendship, tolerance and inner strength.

The evaluation draws on data gathered as part of regular monitoring and evaluation activities from September 2013 to May 2015, in Palestine and Syria. This includes focus group discussions with youth, Facebook posts by youth, interviews with capoeira trainers, school teachers and counsellors, and stories of change written by trainers.

Results indicated that Capoeira4Refugees students did appear to be experiencing psychosocial benefits through their engagement in capoeira. Results were divided into four main areas: the distinctive features of capoeira, the societal challenges facing children in conflict, the domains of psycho-social change, and the relationship between trainer and student.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]



Hannah Prytherch


Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 23:00