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Programme Mudanças com Arte | Changes with Art [T.N.]

Tradução de Ana Pessoa Pinharanda

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How did it start?

It all began after applying to Human Potential Operational Programme (POPH), part of the National Strategic Reference Framework, axis 7 – Gender Equality, type 7.3 – Technical and Financial Support to ONGs. It was then created UMAR’s most recent programme. This programme, Changes with Art, is established in the North of Portugal, and it ran since the 3rd of November 2008 until the 31st of December 2010. It focused on Young People in the Prevention of Gender Violence.

Who was it for?

This programme was developed primarily in schools. It aimed to prevent gender violence and promote Human Rights within young adults of colleges and secondary schools. Knowing that these young adults will only be fully embedded in the programme with the various educational bodies working together, this programme was also about working with parents, carers, teachers and all the school staff bodies through a series of awareness workshops.

How did it work?

UMAR implemented a systematic programme with young adults. These worked within their classes exploring and developing different projects that viewed to promote prevention of violent behaviour. It is important to notice that the funding for this programme was only in place since November of 2008 and until December 2010. However, the programme itself has been run by UMAR in several schools for approximately seven years. The programme uses a qualitative methodology approach and participants have a real input. Personal and collective life experiences are developed. This is possible due to a dynamic approach that creates awareness and impels young adults to change their attitude and enhance their self-esteem. Commitment and responsibility are also essential characteristics developed during the programme. These characteristics are vital for the development of a healthy and informed discussion about violence and the construction of a culture where peace is the centre piece. We aim to help a group of inquisitive and reflective youngsters to discover the tools that will allow them to know how to act in different circumstances, within their communities, and that are related to the key case themes involving not only their communities but also their family.

The workshops should be divided in three stages:


1) Moment of the organiser: remembering the highlights from the previous session (first five minutes) and explaining the contents to be delivered and discussed in the session due to take place;
2) Development: explore the themes and activities taking place for the session;
3) Evaluation: reflect about what was leaned during the workshop and do summary of how the workshop itself proceeded (last five minutes).

The programme will be implemented in accordance with the school established protocol. It will take place during the Formação Cívica/Character Education [T.N.] class, every fortnight, with the presence of the Head of Class. We aim to deliver 15 workshops during each school year and the programme will be delivered during two consecutive years to the same class.

What are the goals?

Engaging with young adults through the project so that we are able to:
- Aware the youngsters about mutual respect for difference and Equality of Opportunities. Empowerment of the self as a subject and as an agent of his or hers own choice and ideas;
- Raise awareness about the issues debated in the workshops;
- Allow the young adults to feel comfortable when refusing gender violence and promoting new behaviours;
- Develop healthy values and attitudes to allow the construction of affectionate relations and friendships based on peace, self-respect and mutual consent.

What are the issues debated?

The goals previously mentioned will be achieved during the workshops delivered by the technical teams responsible for the programme. The following themes will be explored:
- Human Rights;
- Children Rights;
- Woman Rights;
- Gender (In)Equality;
- Causes and effects of violence in society (home, road, school, playground, bar, stadiums);
- Domestic violence;
- Violence while dating;
- Bullying;
- Sexuality;
- Development of personal and social skills.

The final seminar

During the sessions it will also be asked the students to build a final product with an artistic ground (i.e. play, dance, music...). These final products will be intimately related to the themes developed during the workshops. They will be delivered to all students that were part of the programme. This will take place during a Final Seminar, in Porto County, between May and June of each academic year, in a venue to be announced.


UMAR - Projecto Mudanças com Arte
Rua da Cruz, número 13,
4200-247 Porto
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Tel: 220938046
Mobile: 962912618

Technical staff

Patrícia Maria Ribeiro – Project coordinator, Psychologist
Ana Gomes – Psychologist
Ana Pinto – Educational studies specialist
Critina Pereira – Social Educator

Programme Changes with Art – academic year 2009/2010

The work developed during the academic year of 2008/2009 through the Programme Changes with Art, can be summarised as it follows:

Establishment of protocols with schools:

  • EB 2,3 Frei Manuel de Santa Inês, Baguim do Monte, Gondomar
  • EB 2,3 de Fânzeres, Gondomar
  • Escola Secundária/3º Ciclo de Valbom, Gondomar
  • Escola EB 2,3 da Areosa, Porto

Implementação do Programa de Prevenção da Violência de Género, nas seguintes turmas:



No. of Boys

No. of girls


EB 2,3 Frei
Manuel de Santa Inês

7ºB, 7ºE, 8ºA, 8ºB, 8ºC, 8ºE




EB 2,3 de Fânzeres

7ºB, 7ºE, 8ºC, 8ºD, 8ºF, 8ºE




Escola Secundária/3º Ciclo de Valbom

7ºA, 7ºC,
8ºB, 9ºB




Escola EB 2,3 da Areosa





4 Schools

17 Classes




Development of projects for the school staff:

Escola EB 2,3 de Baguim do Monte – 7 women, 1 man
Escola EB 2,3 de Fânzeres – 12 women, 1 man
Escola Sec/3º Ciclo de Valbom – 4 women, 1 man

It accommodated 26 school staff

Projects for Families and Carers

Escola EB 2,3 de Fânzeres – 14 women, 8 man
Escola EB 2,3 da Areosa – 36 women, 20 man
Escola EB 2,3 de Baguim do Monte – 8 women, 4 man

It reached 90 families and carers

Final Year Seminar 2008/2009

It took place on the 3rd of June of 2009 at the Auditorium of Gondomar City Council.

Projects directed to the technical staff and to technical volunteers

It took place on 14/01/2008 – 11 women

Sporadic projects developed by the Project Changes with Art

  • Conference organised by Agorarte, in Junta de Freguesia of Ermesinde;
  • Conference organised by Junta de Freguesia of Rio Tinto;
  • Awareness workshop in EB 2,3 of Aver-o-Mar, developed for students of EFA courses