for establishing sustainable creative educational activities
for and with children in Bamyan
MMCC, Mobile Mini Circus for Children, is an international
non profit NGO that has been working in Afghanistan since
June 2002. The main objective of MMCC is providing educational
and informative entertainment for children. This aim is achieved
by identifying, training, and applying the Afghan talents
For more general information on MMCC please see the attached
brief summery. Elaborative pictures and further information
is available on: www.afghanmmcc.org
Based on the creative educational methods and activities developed
since 2002, MMCC wish to establish permanent activities in
Bamyan. The main idea is to establish a base for cultural
educational activities in Bamyan city that on a longer term
can be utilized as a base for providing children and teachers
of the entire region with joy, fun and education through creative
methods of teaching and learning.
MMCC’s strategy is to introduce and stimulate self sustainable
educational and entertaining systems that will be followed
and practiced as community based activities. Since 2003 MMCC’s
educational entertaining performances, workshops and teacher
trainings have successfully reached more than half a million
children and teachers in 16 provinces. However, though we
often hear that the activities are continued at the schools,
where they have been introduced by MMCC’s mobile artists,
it naturally needs more attention to become long lasting community
based activities as such.
overall aim of starting a small scale MMCC in Bamyan, is to
capacity build and provide facilities that will enable children
and local community members of the region to implement and
sustain cultural educational activities as an integrated part
of the children’s daily life.
In the process of rehabilitation of Afghanistan, the Bamyan
region has been underprivileged in the cultural, entertaining
and educational fields. As a large number of MMCC children
in our main center in Kabul originally belong to Bamyan, it
has been natural to look into this region for establishing
the first sub-branch for a more permanent and sustainable
implementation of MMCC activities in the provinces.
The officials and Governor office of Bamyan has shown a great
interest and support of the idea of implementing MMCC activities
in the region.
In April 2006 MMCC made a one week pilot project in Bamyan.
The main objective of the pilot project was to gain interest
and support from the local community to the idea and activities
in the here described long term project. The pilot project
was very successful with more than 600 local community members
participating as audience for the final event where children
of Bamyan made a joint performance with MMCC’s professional
artists. Please find below photos from the activities.
local community’s support is essential for a successful
project. In order to further build up a local network and
ensure a positive interest to the new activities, MMCC is
planning to visit Bamyan two more times within this year.
The main objective of the visits this year is to gradually
make the local community familiar with the idea of starting
permanent MMCC-activities in Bamyan and to obtain contacts
for the following phases of the project.
estimated timeframe for the full project is two years.
details on the planned phases of the project please refer
to the description below.
The hereby proposed project aims to build up a sustainable
structure for permanent educational entertaining activities
for and with children in the Bamyan region in close interaction
with the local community. The expected outcome is:
1) Local capacity and a system for continuing
creative and cultural activities for children in Bamyan
2) A local team of trainers who are qualified
to provide teacher trainings on creative teaching methods
in the region
The hereby described two year project includes a large part
of research on the local capacity and logistic frames and
opportunities in Bamyan as well as the region as such; a number
of workshops and activities in Bamyan conducted by MMCC’s
Kabul based staff; employment of Bamyan staff; trainings of
Bamyan based staff in Kabul; a joint Bamyan-Kabul children
workshop and event; establishing of a base for the activities
in Bamyan including equipment for running activities; promotion
of the project.
make the project possible a total amount of estimated 42,000
USD that can be utilized on a flexible base is needed
budget includes: Research, conceptualizing, salaries and per
diem, administration, communication, accommodation for participating
trainees and MMCC-staff, rent, equipment, props and workshop
materials, refreshments for participating children, food and
refreshments for staff, transportation, promotion, joint Kabul-Bamyan
children artist workshop, one or more larger events
Partner- and/or sponsorship:
The initial pilot project made in April 2006 as a preparations
phase of the hereby proposed project was financially covered
by MMCC’s own contribution. To continue to the next
phase and start the hereby described implementing project
one or more partners and/or sponsors are needed.
budget above covers the described project that last for two
years and includes capacity building, training and establishing
of permanent activities in the Bamyan region.
welcome any information and contacts that can lead to potential
partners and sponsors that may have the interest of supporting
do not hesitate to contact us for further information
David Mason and Berit Muhlhausen
+93-(0)700-280-140 / +93-(0)700-229-975
The planned phases of the Bamyan project include:
Summer 2006: A short follow up visit on the initial pilot
project, including a minor children workshop and 1-2 performances
to promote the activities
Autumn 2006: A one week visit including workshop activities
plus one or more performances made by children of Bamyan.
The aim is to include a number of local adult community members
in the workshop-activities. In the end of the visit an audition
will be made in order to select 2-4 adults from Bamyan for
training in MMCC’s center in Kabul during the winter
– see below.
Winter 2006/07: The selected adults from Bamyan will be invited
to Kabul to get practical training by participating in MMCC’s
winter-program that consists of 40 different classes for 350
children. As they learn they will gradually be handed over
responsibility for some of the activities and thereby become
part of the MMCC-staff group.
Spring 2007: MMCC’s mobile artists together with the
new Bamyan MMCC-staff will conduct a joint workshop for and
with children in Bamyan city. The workshop kick-starts the
following activities for which a schedule and plan will be
made before MMCC’s mobile artists leave. A logistic
frame for the activities as well as a system for use of MMCC-props
and equipment will furthermore be established
Spring 2007 and ongoing: Based on the local feedback and experiences
gained from the previous activities, the new Bamyan MMCC-staff
will run regular MMCC-activities for groups of children in
Bamyan city. Most likely the activities will be part time
– for example 3 afternoons for boys and 3 mornings or
afternoons for girls weekly. However… it all depends
on the local frame, needs and interest.
Summer 2007: A group of Kabul-MMCC children artists will visit
Bamyan for a joint workshop with the Bamyan MMCC-children.
One or more larger events will be made as part of the visit.
Summer or Autumn 2007: MMCC’s mobile artists together
with the Bamyan MMCC-staff will conduct a teacher training
workshop for one or more selected partner organizations in
Winter 2007/08: Bamyan MMCC-staff will participate full- or
part time in MMCC’s winter program in Kabul in order
to get further training and inspiration.
Spring 2008 and onwards: Activities will be continued by the
Bamyan MMCC-staff – assisted by MMCC’s mobile
artists when needed. Teacher trainings for local partner organizations
will be conducted according to agreements.
Phase 6-9 may be adjusted according to the experiences and
feedback gained from the initial described activities in phase