Mare Liberum


Promoter: APORVELA – Associação Portuguesa de Treino de Vela
Artistic Area: Theatre
Person in charge of the artistic area: Catarina Aidos
Person in charge of the social area: Rui Santos
Territorial reach: Lisbon and Oeiras (Juvenile Detention Centres)
Duration: 36 months
SDG: 4. Quality education, 10. Reduced inequalities 

Mare Liberum © Márcia Lessa
Mare Liberum © Márcia Lessa

Mare Liberum is a pilot project aimed at working with 91 young people in three juvenile detention centres in Lisbon. The project is based on the belief that having different and broader experiences will help them to fully reintegrate into society and the school or academic community, while helping them build their self-esteem and creativity and nurture team spirit, through physical and artistic activities.

Mare Liberum © Márcia Lessa
Mare Liberum © Márcia Lessa
Mare Liberum © Márcia Lessa
Mare Liberum © Márcia Lessa

Besides navigation lessons aboard the Vera Cruz caravel, held by the Portuguese Association for Sail Training (APORVELA), these young people also participate in creative writing, photography, cinema and theatre workshops designed around the concepts of ocean, horizon and freedom. The “journey” ends with a public exhibition of their work.


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Isto é PARTIS 2020 © Carlos Porfírio

“Like in theatre, we are going to fail and then fail better”

This is the story of I., a young resident at the Centro Educativo Navarro de Paiva, who discovered her passion for theatre through the project Mare Liberum, supported by the PARTIS initiative.

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Sustainable Development Goals


This project contributes to the following SDG targets


Target 4.7

Ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Target 10.2

Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

Updated on 29 january 2021

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