This website is the result of a fruitful international exchange programme. People from Belgium, the Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Turkey, Poland, and Italy worked together and found ways to provide meaningful educational opportunities using the Internet.
Due to the Corona lockdowns and the pandemic, people from vulnerable target groups were often more isolated, suffering from loneliness, and having anxiety. Moreover: they were being deprived of learning opportunities. We wanted to prepare them for alternative ways of learning because the world will never return to 'normal'.
At the same time, our workshop leaders and educators were being deprived of traditional real-life teaching opportunities and had to learn to adjust their ways of teaching. They needed to develop skills to teach online and to become more flexible in adapting their didactic skills to any (disruptive) situation. Our educators had to develop and acquire the skills to create online educative learning materials using art techniques.
Skills development and inclusion through creativity and artistic expression.
When a crisis like a pandemic occurs, the most fragile in our society usually suffer the most. We noticed that our target groups had fear and anxiety, and risked exclusion. Since most people (and definitely the younger generations) in general have access to the Internet, we wanted to offer them some continuous learning by addressing certain challenges they face.
The results of this project to be used by our target groups could be: videos, animations, courses, explanatory pdfs, worksheets, podcasts, interactive tools and methods, etc. We'll also share additional value, like articles, interviews, success stories or best practices.
Who are the vulnerable people our partners are trying to reach?
Teatralie is focused on different aspects of using theatre with target groups in various fields. Prague, Czech Republic
CPIA Nelson Mandela is a public school to raise the education levels of the adult population. Palermo, Italy
Aydın Eğitim ve Gençlik Derneği (AEGD) promotes different educational and cultural programs for seniors, adults, and young people. Aydin, Turkey
The partners invited a number of artists and educators to attend five intensive learning and training meetings, hosted by the different partners. During these sessions, they worked with their peers from abroad and developed useful educational materials.
‘Theater van A tot Z’ (Belgium) creates theatrical productions and relevant theatre for a broad audience trying to get vulnerable target groups on board. They want people of all ages, from different walks of life and different cultural backgrounds to get in contact with professional theatre and with each other.
The company stands for empowerment and inclusion, combining theatre with education and welfare. Their staff develops teaching materials and workshops to encourage and motivate people, for example, to practice a foreign language (Dutch), to help teachers use drama in the classroom, or to enhance participants’ self-confidence.
Teatralie (Czech Republic) is a non-profit association focused on different aspects of using theatre with groups in various fields. The main projects are:
- support of theatre UJETO (www.ujeto.cz)
‘CPIA Nelson Mandela (Italy), is a public school, born in 2015-2016, to raise the education levels of the adult population. CPIA's specific purpose is to achieve lifelong learning. It is essential that school is accessible to everyone, wherever they live, whatever their cultural, personal, and economic background.
Around 2200 students are Italians. The school works with adults who, in some cases, only speak a dialect. And with students from abroad: from Asia: Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, China, Ukraine, and the Philippines, from Africa: Morocco, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, from South America (Argentina, Chile, Peru).
CPIA aims at promoting and facilitating social inclusion and multicultural integration processes for people from other geo-cultural contexts.
‘Aydın Eğitim ve Gençlik Derneği (AEGD) is a non-profit/non-governmental organization established in the city center of Aydın (Turkey). AEGD promotes different educational programs for seniors, adults, young adults, children/pupils, and young people.
AEGD's objective is to provide training/skills education for seniors/adults, courses for disadvantaged people (with a focus on refugees, migrants, and young adults), and to develop their lifelong skills. To raise awareness and interest in adult education, to preserve the cultural heritage (especially traditional arts, dance, music, and handicrafts), and voluntary work.
Miejska Strefa Kultury (MSK), Łodz, (Poland) is an autonomous cultural center with the legal liability of a self-governmental cultural institution. Our main working area is the city of Łódź. MSK cooperates with many different Polish and international partners and stakeholders. As a local art center, MSK works in many fields: cultural, social, welfare, and care. The work is in line with the policy of the Culture Department of Lódź; and is responsive to the needs of our local community. The mission is to build a cultural community and educate people via artistic activities.
MSK has three branches working in the fields of art and culture:
The National Council for Gender Equality's (NCGE) mission, Skopje (North Macedonia), is to promote women's rights as human rights. To defend and eliminate all forms of discrimination, and to build a society with equal opportunities. Our vision is gender equality, guaranteed women's rights, elimination of discrimination against women in society, and family, development, and peace. For the last 25 years, NCGE has been implementing projects for achieving gender equality and the protection of human rights. NCGE is a national grass-roots multi-ethnic, multi-generational, creative, future-orientated network-membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, development, protection of women's / human rights, and peace. The main programs of NCGE are a program on the economic strengthening of women, women's leadership and participation in decision-making, VAW, Women's peace and security, and Institutional and organizational strengthening. NCGE is an alliance and network composed of 116 local women's organizations, not formal women cores, and an SOS helpline for women and violence victims. NCGE works with many volunteers.
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