We aim to organise media literacy workshops and debate training to accompany a traveling exhibit of art installations produced by students in six diverse schools across Hungary on the role and responsibility of bystanders in the past and in society today. The project will help teachers, students and visitors get to know others and cooperate online and in person, meet visual artists, learn to notice and speak up against discrimination, and be inspired for further art work and media coverage.
Essen and Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; accross Hungary; Northern Croatia; Lesvos, Greece.
Teachers of media literacy, art, languages and history and their students will work together with trainers, artists, psychologists and journalists. Such partnerships within, between and beyond schools create strong communities with fewer bystanders and more active participants in inclusive societies
Participants in many locations will become aware of the importance, techniques and benefits of speaking up for each other to fight injustices and discrimination. The project may inspire more visual communication products with new exhibits and workshops with media coverage reaching many more people.
The exhibit of student-made art installations based on historical photos is the result of our pilot project The neighbour’s window on the critical role of passive onlookers in times of crisis. This can be a traveling exhibit displayed in schools in other countries with innovative art gallery tour guide training, media literacy and debate workshops in English, French, Italian or German as required by the host and with media coverage of the events made by local students and disseminated online.
The belief that our identity can only be preserved against the other breaks up families and societies. As first generation media literacy educators in Hungary, we developed a methodology that has proven that the powerful and the vulnerable from diverse backgrounds can work well in close cooperation.
Teachers, students, parents, visual artists, photo journalists, NGOs with similar interests and possibly school and community leaders, policy makers and diplomats from a variety of countries are at the centre of our project as in our previous sensitizing workshops.
We would be grateful for feedback: Is our project idea easy to understand and relevant for you? How would you adapt it to your own context? What do you find valuable, inspiring and innovative in our project idea? Can you see any weak points? If you joined us, what activity would you like to do?