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A Better World



Today was a special day. Our project manager is a member of the Swiss Club in Kenya. This is a type of association that brings Swiss people abroad together. As part of social cooperation with organizations and especially personal initiatives, we invited people to an event in Langata Prison. The original idea was to introduce our program to people with an interest in law enforcement.


Today, shortly before 10 a.m., he was able to greet the visitors in the parking lot and lead them to the library in the high-security wing. There they were welcomed by the inmates taking part in our training courses and a lively, art-oriented exchange began.


There was singing, laughter, serious discussion and even crying. Poems were recited and, how could it be otherwise, there was intense music and dancing. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside, but we are trying to get some snapshots from the administration.


After several years of experience with the reintegration of convicted women, we allow ourselves to express productive criticism of the prison system. I would like to mention one point here, at least the most influential one. Performing arts cause prisoners to have an increased desire for creativity. In comparison to free people, this is clearly visible. This fact is the basis of our ideology regarding rehabilitation. From the first day of captivity, the daily routine of the prison preoccupies her thoughts. There is very little room for positively charged ideas. Performing art, however, elevates good over evil, right over wrong. As soon as an imprisoned person recognizes this connection, reintegration begins. The performing artist in prison refers more to the socio-ethical effects of her work, rather than to selected elements of the cultural and creative industries. It is the creative way of thinking that makes the creative act possible, thereby achieving the moral values of what is good and right. Their relationship to the worldview normalizes and they rehabilitate themselves.

And allow me: The effect of performing arts not only has a positive effect on the minds of prisoners, the same applies to free people too. We are firmly convinced that we would live in a better world if a large part of the world's population were seriously pursuing performing arts professionally or as a hobby, at least as an executive.

  

Thomas Müller, President

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