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TIPA is a Mauritian non-governmental and non-profit organisation which favours the cognitive, moral and social development of vulnerable children through the promotion of interactive pedagogy and education to art and culture. The association focuses on interactive pedagogy (involving all actors in a child’s growth) and uses Art to help the kids develop life skills and values.
TIPA has been intervening in ZEP schools since 2007 to support the teaching of the Arts and the development of citizenship values through the conduction of weekly creativity classes, in collaboration with the teachers.
(230) 674 05 36
A, rue Abbé de la Caille,
TIPA began as a pilot project in 2007 for children experiencing learning or social difficulties at Black River Government School. The project was set up in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, ZEP (Zones d’Education Prioritaire) Unit, and it was based on previous research supporting the view that teaching arts using interactive pedagogy fosters the development of moral values. It was also in line with the mission of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources to promote essential life skills, critical and innovation thinking, and citizen’s values. Weekly creativity art workshops were dedicated to 52 children experiencing learning difficulties during school hours to realize different artistic activities in fields such as circus, theatre, story writing and creative arts.
In 2008, TIPA was registered as an Association and the art workshops were carried out with 57 children. In 2009 the Association started working with another school, Barkly Government School. During that year, in addition to art workshops carried out with children experiencing learning difficulties, TIPA supported the teachers in producing revision material with all the students during the last school term. This increased our number of beneficiaries to 350 children. In 2010, the project was extended to two more schools: André Bazerque Government School and Guy Rozemont Government School with 655 children being impacted. During that year, creativity classes were carried out with all the students during the second term while the first and last terms were used for artistic activities focused on children with learning or social difficulties. The realization of creativity classes to all pupils during one of the school terms in 2009 and 2010 was a pilot phase for TIPA’s project.
As from 2011, TIPA started to intervene during creativity class hours in collaboration with the teachers, working with all the pupils of the class during the three trimesters. As a result, every single child in the schools participated in our activities. TIPA continued the development of its action, implementing its Programme, 2012 with 900 children and 40 teachers in 4 ZEP schools.
Despite a downsize of the action due to limited financial resources, TIPA sustained the activities scheduled in its Programme Plan 2013-2015, in 2 ZEP schools, impacting the lives of more than 380 vulnerable children. The NGO also supported the implementation of Parents’ Club Project in Guy Rozemont GS, and was involved in several trainings and seminars addressed to teachers.
In 2016, TIPA team elaborated a 5-year Programme Plan aiming at having a long lasting and sustainable impact on the final beneficiaries (vulnerable children), teachers, parents and local community actors.
This year (2017) TIPA intervenes in 3 ZEP schools at Pointe aux Sables, Tranquebar and Vallijee, currently impacting 463 children and 19 teachers.
The new TIPA programme 2016-2020 announces a paradigm shift from a classical approach that is project-centered to a more empowering approach centered on the actors of the project driven by the theory of change. Actions are now tailored to include as much participation as possible from the various actors. The implementation process focuses on ways to co-create the actions with the actors’ participation while giving a collective meaning and purpose to the intervention. Results are now expected in terms of change for the actors and not just in terms of activities implemented and number of beneficiaries.
The new Programme builds on the actors’ “capacity to act” and to be “agents” of their own destiny. In other words, it will rely on the “presumption of competence” of individuals, build on their resources: their abilities, capacities and also their desire to change. The program aims at encouraging actors to acquire a certain form of power to overcome obstacles that hinder change and limit access to collective resources. Actions are conceived in order to foster empowerment as a process and an outcome by which individuals and communities regain control over their own lives.
Results are now expected in terms of change for the actors and not just in terms of activities implemented and number of beneficiaries.
TIPA's scientific approach is closely monitored and evaluated by Dr Emilie Carosin, Researcher in Psychology & Education who is a co-funder of TIPA.
Since the beginning of its action, TIPA impacted on the following beneficiaries:
Link to TIPA 2016 Annual Report : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B86F09MSG5wyT0tSbXhMRVZoN2M/view
The organisation relies totally on corporate and individual donations to carry on with the work. A great deal of time is spent towards reaching sponsors, keeping them informed and reporting. TIPA values all contributions including interns and volunteers who regularly bring an impulse to the existing team and actions.
TIPA is eligible to receive CSR funds: it is registered by the Registrar of Association since 2008 and accredited by the CSR Committee (N/1182) since 2009.
Regular and specific amount donations can be made through child sponsorship. This is where people can help children gain confidence through Artistic and Cultural Education!
Any amount donations is welcome at any time of the year.