Cirkus Unik operates on three different levels: individual, group and community level.
At the individual level, we attach great importance to promoting the self-esteem of the children. We create a safe environment where children can develop at their own pace without comparing themselves to others. The emphasis is on the development process itself and not on performance. If a child can make something “wrong” for himself and the group without feeling uncomfortable then we have come a long way. We work to calm the troubled and challenge the calm to further progress. Circus is about dealing with challenges, physical and mental, and with our personal care we respect each individual’s development.
At team level, teamwork and cooperation are valued. We work to make the children feel part of the group, take responsibility for the group and want to help their peers. Everyone has a place in the circus regardless of performance and each one complements the others in the group. A good example is when we build pyramids where each one must be responsive to their own and the other’s place in the design otherwise it collapses. The children learn to respect and accept each other’s differences because there is no competition in the circus. By accepting each other’s differences, the children accept themselves – we are all equal and different! To further emphasize the importance of the group, we start and end each lesson in the same symbolic way by forming a large circle where everyone holds each other’s hands and together bursts into our common circus cry: “Allez hop!”.
The third level at which we work is the community level, where the purpose is to promote inclusion in our society of children and adults with different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. We want to create a meeting place and give the opportunity for children and their parents to meet others from different residential areas – all with circus as a common denominator and a universal language. We want to take advantage of the rich cultural diversity in our society and show that the similarities bridge the differences and that the differences are an asset. With a good foundation already laid at the individual and group level, the children can naturally feel their own belonging in society with their differences and similarities, and accept others with different backgrounds than themselves.
Sustainable Development Goals 2030 - UN
Cirkus Unik takes its responsibility for contributing to the achievement of UN 2030 goals.
We strive in 4 different areas:
3. Good health and well being – We have a strong focus on children’s physical and mental health. Many children have low self-esteem and feel bad with anxiety related to performance and competition in society.
4.Quality education – Our teaching promotes a sustainable lifestyle, addressing human rights, gender equality, promoting a culture of peace and non-violence through conflict management, appreciating cultural diversity and the importance of the culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
5. Gender equality – “Gender equality is achieved when women, men, girls and boys have equal rights, conditions and opportunities and the power to shape their own lives and contribute to the development of society.” This is something we strive for daily in our teaching at Cirkus Unik .
10. Reduced inequalities – Our vision is to give all children equal opportunities for development regardless of their socio-economic and cultural background, and therefore we work with the public and nonprofit sector to provide circus education to the children who most need us.