We’re happy to announce the beginning of the second semester of after school classes at the Funtasia Cultural Centre in Luxor, Egypt.

Starting September 2016, our students will be introduced to different areas of life, including gardening, food production, and nutrition while experimenting with different art forms, such as painting and drawing; music (singing and drums) and the art of the word (writing and poetry).

Aiming to help the young people discover the world around them and tap into their creativity, the curriculum has been designed to enhance and support student’s proficiency in skills such as communication, empathy, recognition and celebration of personal and cultural differences, collaboration, conflict management, self-awareness, analytical thinking, initiative and self awareness and direction.

By offering a safe space for the students to discover their own unique voice and expression, while learning to respect others and develop interest in life-long learning, we aim for them to experience the satisfaction of having experimented with a variety of new skills while learning about the life cycle and food production – from planting, growth, and consumption to being part of the community.

About this curriculum:
The creation of ESF and its curriculum derives from the belief that all children have creative potential and should have access to artistic expression and cultural exchange, as a means of positive personal development and, ultimately, unlocking a better future. Arts and creativity are present in all areas of life and can be used as a foundation of transformative life education.

Inspired in the Creative Community Model (CCM), the framework of this curriculum has been designed by the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation and developed by our friends from PYE Global – Partners for Youth Empowerment, who have worked very closely with us in this program to provide children the most transformative, creative and rich experience.

To stay updated on this and other programs, please follow Funtasia Cultural Centres and the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

Benvenuti: Welcome to Italy!

We’re very happy to announce that with our inaugural youth workshop in May 2016, ESF expanded to Bra, Italy. We partnered with Save the Children, the local City Council and Partnership for Youth Empowerment (PYE) to provide a week of a creative learning experiences for 140 middle school students, as well as facilitator training for 30 adults, composed of 10 governmental school teachers and 20 after-school programs’ educators, including facilitators from Save the Children’s Punti Luce (Points of Light) centres.

With artists leading different art forms such as singing, drumming, film directing (the kids even directed short films, including one about the making of the workshop), acting, photography, and circus, young people had the opportunity to explore their own creativity, work together, and build self-confidence all in a safe, nurturing environment. In the fall , ESF’s curated curriculum will be implemented in the after-school programs at four Save the Children’s centers across the country.

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Enjoy this glance of our Funtasia Creative Workshop held in March 2016 in Luxor, Egypt.

Explore NYC With Elisa and Have Lunch With DVF!

ESF has teamed up with BidKind, the innovative platform that offers unique experiences benefiting nonprofits and charities.

By bidding on BidKind, you will get a chance to explore New York City with ESF founder Elisa Sednaoui. During your outing, she will take you to her favorite places in the city which could consist of attending one of the world’s top modeling agencies or perhaps visiting a notable artist’s gallery and sharing stories over coffee.

Afterwards, you will both go to DVF Studio and will join legendary fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg for an intimate lunch.

To place your bid, please visit BidKind.com.