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"Creative Youth" program will start in May | May 7, 2009

Cinthia Membreño

The Non-Governmental Organization "Espacio para la Investigación y Reflexión Artística (Espira) will start, around May 18, a plastic arts course called "Creative Youth". The program aims to encourage children and teenagers with limited economic resources from different schools of the city of Managua, according to a press release, which was sent by the Communication and Public Relations Department of the institution.

A series of evaluative workshops are currently being made with 100 students from schools like Rigoberto López Pérez, Miguel de Cervantes, Josefa Toledo de Aguerri, Benjamín Zeledón, Colegio España and Experimental México. From those, 60 students will be chosen to take the five months plastic arts courses, which are being funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (COSUDE).

Patricia Belli, Directress of Spira, explained on the press release that the main goal of this initiative is to "contribute in the making of natural talents so that they can effectively communicate their ideas, stories and emotions". Organizers of the event hope that, in the near future, chosen students will transmit their knowledge to their partners and in that way the whole community can also benefit from the project.

A parallel study will be made in order to evaluate the outcomes of the courses concerning development of motor skills and techniques, as well as creativity and motivation. Nowadays, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is considering funding the later stages of this project.