The Living Culture of "Ilha do Mel" project promotes the development of education, culture and citizenship in traditional fishing communities in a island, in the coastal region of Parana, Brazil. Directly, around 100 children and teenagers, and indirectly the communities and visitors, receive benefits from the educommunication and art-education, their cultural products and information which are spread in the region.
"Ilha do Mel" is a full protected conservation unit. Only 7% of the island is inhabitated with around 1,000 persons. More than 10% of the population are children and teenagers. They have a limited access to education and cultural activities which values their roots. The region suffers of seasonal unregulated tourism with nearly 150 thousand of anual visitors. The result is a lack of continuous job offers and the loss of self-respect because of the confrontation with the mass culture.
Since 2008 we are accomplishin workshops of art and educomunication, focused on media, photography, theatre and audiovisuals. The young people learn to produce information and cultural products in a critical and democratic way and, in the future, they will be multipliers of these processes. Their cultural products and information are spread in the region and also in the whole country, to provide value for their culture and their people.
Directly, around 100 children and teenagers, and indirectly the communities and visitors receive benefits from the educommunication, their cultural products and information which are spread. The pupils learn traditional, creative and democratic basics. They develop a diversified opinion and, as adults, they can participate at decisions and solutions belonging the region they live. As indirectly impacts we recognize cultural preservation and the beginning of a conscious sustainable tourism.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).