MAAA Project for India & Nepal

MAAA Project wants to give a new point of view for those kids who barely (or not at all) have an idea about an art notion. After they’re going to realize how different and untypical materials can become an art piece and how they can use their creative ideas in future.
They will experience new type of communication between each other which will develop their social life.

MAAA Project visiting small towns and villages to meet with Indian and Nepali kids. We are doing plastic arts workshops but connect with other art disciplines like cinema, photography, drama.

Our project calendar is three months in India and two months in Nepal. During this time we expect to give education for around 3,500 kids!
After this big journey we'll prepare first project exhibition in New Delhi.

Next stops are:
- Berlin
- Krakow
- Paris
- Barcelona
- Amsterdam
- Vienne
- Zürich
- Istanbul

We'll present:
*documentary movie about project
*photos made by profesionals
*photos made by children
*samples of kid's works
*sounds of workshops

Moving Alternative Art Atelier is a social innitiative open for teachers, artists, travelers and others who wants to build fundament for real change.

India

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. India, with an area of well over three million square kilometres, is a continent within a continent, within the folds of an astounding 5,000-year-old history. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with 1.18 billion people.
It has achieved all-round socio-economic progress during the last 62 years of its Independence. India has become self-sufficient in agricultural production and is now one of the top industrialized countries in the world and one of the few nations to have gone into outer space to conquer nature for the benefit of the people. Conversely, as Indian’s economy grows, millionaires are being created at a record rate with close 100,000 across India. Bridging the gap between the “two” Indians is perhaps the greatest challenge facing this country. India is home to over a third of the world’s poorest people. According to the World Bank, over 450 million Indians (45% of the population) live below the international poverty line, subsisting on less than US$ 1.25 per day.
Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. India, by one count, has 18 million* street children and over 22 million* child labourers. Nearly 20%** of the children 6-14-year-old have no access to primary education. Less than 45%** receive the immunization required to protect them from deadly illnesses. Half the children do not get enough food everyday and are chronically or acutely undernourished.

Nepal

The first civilizations in Nepal, which flourished around the 6th century B.C. , were confined to the fertile Kathmandu Valley where the present-day capital of the same name is located. It was in this region that Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born c. 563 B.C. Gautama achieved enlightenment as Buddha and spawned Buddhism.
The total population of Nepal was 26,427,99 in 2007. The population comprises people of more than 100 multiple ethnic groups who speak about 93 different languages and dialects which are further divided into different castes. The distinction in caste still plays a significant part in a Nepali’ life when Nepali is the official language of the state, spoken and understood by almost all the people of Nepal. English is spoken by many in government and business offices. It is the mode of education in most private schools of Kathmandu and some other cities.
The kingdom of Nepal was unified in 1768 by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who had fled India following the Moghul conquests of the subcontinent. Under Shah and his successors, Nepal's borders expanded as far west as Kashmir and as far east as Sikkim (now part of India).
Beginning from about 300 schools and two colleges with about ten thousand students in 1951, there now are 26 thousand schools (including higher secondary), 415 colleges, five universities and two academies of higher studies. Altogether 5.5 million students are enrolled in those schools and colleges who are served by more than 150 thousand teachers.
Despite such examples of success, there are problems and challenges. Educational management, quality, relevance, access are some of the critical issues of education in Nepal. Societal disparities based on gender, ethnicity, location, economic class, etc. are yet to be eliminated. Resource crunch has always been a problem in education. These problems have made the goal of education for all a challenge for the country.

                        This project is dedicated to Dr.Tolga Erdem