A series of workshops aimed at developing the artistic skills of Sisu Diriya’s student beneficiaries culminated in two art exhibitions in the years 2009 and 2010. Methodologies used in these workshops included group discussions, role plays, study and recreational tours and psychotherapy, all of which promote greater interaction and participation of youth belonging to all communities. Also contemporary and relevant fields such as skill development, information technology, health, beauty of the nature etc. were included. The objective was not only to fine-tune artistic skills in
students, but also to provide them a means of expressing bottled up emotions that are the result of war. Special focus was placed upon O/L and A/L students whose education and leadership development was complemented by the assistance rendered for psychological release of posttraumatic stress through artistic expression.

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