API Introductory Course (Nepal)
The Arts Practices for Inclusion Introductory Course (Nepal) is a three-day online training in the methods and practices of API. The three-day training was earlier offered as an offline three-day taster session and workshop for Indian students. That introductory course was taken by two batches of students from diverse fields of disability, psychology, social work, teaching and education. That introductory course was discontinued in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The aim of Arts Practices for Inclusion Introductory Course (Nepal) is to give students and organisations in Nepal an experience of Arts Practices for Inclusion. Prajnadhara has been awarded the prestigious Millennium Alliance grant to train individuals and organisations in Nepal in the methods and practices of Arts Practices for Inclusion. The Introductory Course is a step in the direction of offering the 1-year certification training to individuals and organisations in Nepal.
Students of the Introductory Course will experience the magic of Visual Arts, Movement, Drama, Play and Music as they witness how these modalities have therapeutic effects and can generate a sense of community and belonging which are the bedrock of an inclusive society. Students take practical sessions in these different art forms and later discuss their experiences as a group alongside theoretical contexts to their experiences. Students also learn practical self-care methods through guided physical exercise and meditative practices.
API Introductory Course with Autism Care Nepal Society
The API introductory course was a 6 day online programme where 13 teachers, special educators, and psychologists from ACNS got an experience of Arts Practices for Inclusion. The participants of the Introductory Course experienced the magic of Visual Arts, Movement, Drama, Play and Music during the course.
ACNS is the only active autism organisation run by a group of parents. Their mission is to empower people with Autism, promote their rights and utilise their skills in an effective and meaningful way. They work on multiple projects and in collaboration with different organisations around the world to create awareness on Autism.
Previously Prajnadhara used to offer a three-day introductory training in Arts Practices for Inclusion in a workshop format to give students a taste of learning Arts Practices for Inclusion. Two batches of the introductory training were held; one in November 2019 and the other in February 2020. We had planned two more batches for which students had shown great interest, but these were discontinued owing to the Covid- 19 pandemic. Prajnadhara is only accepting applications for the 1-year course presently.
The second batch of the introductory course on Arts Practices for Inclusion saw professionals from diverse fields like special education, physiotherapy, arts therapy across five different cities come together to learn about practice of arts to facilitate social inclusion.
The first batch of the introductory course on Arts Practices for Inclusion saw professionals in arts practices from six different states from across India come together to talk about the cross-roads between inclusion, therapy and the arts.