Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

Democracy in Action!

Creators

Who is behind this?

Hayk Sekoyan

Theatre for Changes (T4C)

http://www.t4c.am

Armenia

Idea Sketch

Idea

Idea pitch

We aim to use interactive theatre method as a unique tool for edutainment to develop the civic capacities of Armenian schoolchildren (aged 9-12), who are not supported through the educational system to realise their role as active citizens and future voters. In collaboration with a civil society expert, T4C will organise interactive theatre presentations on active citizenship for 5,000 schoolchildren living in Yerevan and in regional/rural areas of Armenia.

Where will your idea take place?

The project will be implemented in the schools of Yerevan and regional/rural communities of Armenia.

Why does Europe need your idea?

We believe that schoolchildren (usually ignored as citizens) are the driving force and the principle agents for a more democratic Europe. Given opportunities, they will bring energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to the democratic development of their communities/countries.

What is your impact?

Through creative and participatory learning process, 5,000 schoolchildren in different parts of Armenia will develop civic competences, as well as analytical and critical skills, leading to active engagement in community life.

How do you get there?

Unlike traditional approaches to civic education, interactive theatre allows its beneficiaries to freely express themselves, interact with the characters and find that their suggestions are respected. Schoolchildren will exercise their citizenship through staged real-life situations and understand the ways to affect the democratic development of their country.

What is your story?

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Armenia has made some advances in relation to some hallmarks of democracy, including reforms in education system. The educators, however, are still attached to outdated textbooks that limit possibilities for creative and critical thinking.

Who are you doing it for?

Schoolchildren aged 9-12 - we believe it is vital to promote a culture of democracy, rule of law and human rights among this target group, as attitudes and behaviour are shaped at an early stage and can be decisive in determining their future involvement in public affairs.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

All kinds of suggestions and ideas are welcome, as long as they support the mission of the project - using creativity to strengthen democracy in our local communities and Europe at large.

Team

t4carmenia

Idea created on Jan. 11, 2018

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