Batoto Yetu Portugal

Batoto Yetu Portugal's goal is to work towards the social integration of children and youth in vulnerable socioeconomic contexts through the appreciation of their cultural roots and the strengthening of their self-esteem and sense of belonging. Since its founding in 1996, the organization has been developing a work of reference in the area of social inclusion, joining non formal education strategies through the arts with a work of capacity-building, based on the principles of plurality and intercultural dialogue.


Throughout its 18 years of history, BYP has helped to socially integrate through the arts approximately 1300 dancers and musicians, putting on over 350 performances on national and international stages (i.e. USA, UK, Spain, Italy, Angola, Cape Verde and Senegal), along with performances on television shows. BYP also values the social and educational development of its members, as well as their relationship to the rest of the group. BYP’s main goal thus consists of helping children and youth to become active members of society and confident and responsible leaders in their future.
Main intervention areas:
•Promoting and teaching African dance and culture
•Promoting the professional and artistic development of youth through training sessions
•Producing shows, videos, films and other forms of artistic creation and dissemination
•Organizing seminars, meetings, and conferences
•Hosting events that contribute to the training of children and youth, with their intellectual development and social inclusion in mind

Description of proposed activity or project

Subira Ufundi is Swahili for “hope through the arts” and that has been the core of Batoto Yetu Portugal’s work since its foundation. The Subira Ufundi project began in 2011 when BYP was able to start inviting a greater variety of international choreographers and music instructors to lead workshops open to the community at large, as opposed to being limited to BYP’s artistic group. The project thus encompasses a set of intensive dance and music workshops led by international guest choreographers and instructors with the support of the association’s music and dance instructors. After so many years of successful workshops both for our artistic group as well as for the community at large, this year we want to take this project one step further. We want to open BYP to the European level and welcome international participants into our community to allow for an exchange of experiences and skills between our different nationalities. We are inviting you to take part in this unique experience with us, to come and earn a certificate from your participation in our workshops and share with us your skills, experiences and techniques so that together we may create something even greater.

Type of partner/expertise sought

We are specifically looking for a partner who: 1) Works with a similar target group of beneficiaries (i.e. disadvantaged youth, minorities, ethnic groups); or 2) works in the same domain (i.e. social inclusion through the arts, cultural activities, traditional dance, music and arts); and
3) Is keen to engage in a cultural youth exchange for a period of 5-10 days in our community in Portugal.

Type of expertise/competence offered

We have a long experience in organising these workshops with various national and international partners. We are thus equipped with a qualified and experienced team who has been working for many years in the realm of social inclusion through the arts. Our artistic group (including dancers and musicians) is also well trained, available and interested in participating in the workshops we propose to create together.

Organisation type

Non-governmental organization/ non-profit

Areas covered

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