The Second Chance School of Matosinhos (Portugal) is an independent school run by an NGO in partnership with the relevant local and national authorities. It targets youths aged 15-25 who left school without obtaining the minimum qualifications to access employment or another education and training programme.
Artistic activities are used for re-socialising young people and re-establishing human relationships. For instance, they use a ‘forum theatre’ where learners have the opportunity to explore potential solutions to their problems through acting. Some learners are invited to act out difficulties from their daily lives, while others (the spectators) are asked to propose solutions and are then invited to take on the role of the protagonist.