What can we learn today from encounters between children and clowns at hospitals? What does the future hold for this line of work?
School was established because Doctors of Joy like and need to ask questions. A clown is driven by curiosity and flexibility, by the ability to accept mistakes and transform them into facilitators for interaction, by an attitude of valuing the other’s action no matter how absurd it may appear to a rational observer. In the meeting of a clown with a child, he invites us to review our beliefs. He helps us to come into direct contact with our feelings, without analyzing them.
The clown proposes an ethics of encounter. This ethics establishes a spirit of complicity and trust in relationships, enabling the creation of inner spaces for reflection and learning. Acting within the hospital environment inspired the School in an essential aspect – paired work. In the same way clowns of different lineages come together in the hospital without losing their identity, in the classroom two educators, together with the students, build the content and thus illustrate the paired work.
We are gradually structuring the School to become a school that sows a culture of joy, inviting us all to cultivate true health in our dealings with life.
Get your backpack ready and put on your red nose – school is about to begin!
About Educational Courses and Programs
To reach its diverse audiences, the School offers courses with a variety of contents, formats, and duration in the cities the Doctors of Joy call “home” – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Belo Horizonte. Following the clown’s example, the School is also somewhat nomadic: it travels around Brazil visiting the capitals and interior of the states.
The School offers both paid courses and educational programs that are free of charge. Whenever a paid course generates a profit, the money is used to finance our social actions, which include the free educational programs.