The Power of WOKing the TOK

by Nita Dewse | 11 September 2018

It is through memories that we develop our personal sense of identity and how we fit into the shared knowledge and shared life of our communities.

This festival is a hard one to write about, namely because it was packed so deep with connections that it took the word ‘connect’ to a whole new realm. So as a theatre teacher that also teaches TOK, I chose to focus on one area – how the festival shed light on the way the arts and drama and theatre in particular can connect the Ways of Knowing (the WOKs) and the Areas of Knowledge (AOKs) to give students a deeper understanding of the power of knowledge.

Theory of Knowledge is all about looking at knowledge questions from a range of different perspectives and perspectives was certainly something that was prevalent here. At this festival we were bringing our personal knowledge of our own nationalities, plus the countries that we live in and sharing them with others. We were learning from the history of Cambodia and from the personal experiences of the local artists working on the festival from Phare Circus, an NGO arts organisation that ‘believes passionately in the power of the arts as a tool for human development and social change’ and Epic Arts, an international inclusive arts organisation based in Cambodia and registered as a charity in the United Kingdom that ‘believes in a world where every person counts and where people with disabilities are valued, accepted and respected’. More importantly this festival connected students to new people, new languages, new experiences and hopefully resulted in students leaving with a broader understanding of the world of power and how it operates.

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