The Aklateko Method is in answer to many teachers’ nagging questions on how to come up with an artistic project without spending too much, or none at all, but delivers a convincing performance. In our 13 years of mission work in Dasmarinas, Cavite, we found out that most of the schools, organizations and communities rarely conduct any artistic activities due to the lack of funding.
Aside from that, and the most saddening part of the story is that many parents and members of the community showed indifference or lack of interest in the Arts, and unconsciously depriving their gifted children the opportunity to express their innate genius. For these reasons, many teachers gave up the idea altogether. So we volunteered to prove our point. The point is: We can provide Art Education to these children, using very little money – but with careful preparation and a few months of rehearsals/training.
Although we can work effectively on a short time basis, our general method is more psychological than technical and for that reason we need to have a long period of work concentrating only the personality of each child. Through a series of workshops, we should be able to get the whole attention of the kids thus giving them enough encouragement and confidence to create or perform. Once the rapport is established, improvising will be very easy to implement.
By the time that a kid is confident to showcase his works, he will also have the passion to share what he has learned from us, and decides to join us in our mission to educate more children in the various fields of Arts. Some of our former student actors are now Drama coaches and teachers, and our art students have also participated in our outreach programs, teaching Art to children in remote areas.