Theatre for Changes
Children can be the driving force and the principle agents of change for a more democratic world, but are they supported as active citizens and future voters? We have a creative solution!
Armenia, Czech Republic
It is important that all the layers of the society involve in the formation process of a civil society, including children. Being empowered as competent social actors, they can make important contribution to civil society in all European countries. Unlike traditional approaches to civic education, interactive children’s theatre involves audience participation and this encourages an emotional connection to the work, making it more sustainable. Experience with ‘forum theatre’ method in many parts of the world suggest that interactive theatre programs are likely to become increasingly concerned with advocacy issues and as a result, will mobilize political and cultural forces that can campaign for the improvement of civic education system.
We believe that children can be the driving force and the principle agents for a more democratic world. When given opportunities for civic engagement, children can bring energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to the development of their communities. Thus, the proposed idea will provide Armenian and Czech schoolchildren with practical (theatrical) possibilities to experience active civic participation in a safe creative environment and enrich their civic education. Children will be supported as socially active citizens and future voters with rights and responsibilities. The awareness about the benefits of child participation in a democratic society will be raised.
Project partners are convinced that learning is inevitably “fun”. Thus, the interactive-educational theatre has been chosen as a tool for edutainment – a hybrid genre that relies heavily on visual material, on narrative or game-like formats, and on more informal, less didactic styles of address. It enables a sustained experience and long-term impact on children, as it allows them to freely express themselves, interact with the characters and find that their solutions are respected. Through several creative collaborative activities (from Sept. 2015 to Sept. 2016) interactive theatre artists and child psychologists from Armenia and the Czech Republic will develop an interactive theatre program and present it in outdoor venues in both countries.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Theatre-in-Education has a constantly evolving definition, as new objectives for using theatre as an educational tool emerge. Therefore, collaboration between different sectors is a necessity for mutual enrichment. So, please share your ideas on improving the proposed idea.