Create a Puppet - Create Yourself (CC): ERASMUS+  Oct. 2017 - Sept. 2019, Project N°:2017-1-PL01-KA204-038462 

                                                                                              SOCIAL INCLUSION is the main focus of the project. Through the activities planned we want to create the new educational and self-development opportunities for those who are socially excluded due to their health/disability problems, difficult economic situation, conflict with the law or other factors. We are aware of the fact that integration of socially vulnerable individuals and groups with society is a long and challenging process. It must involve an important phase of creating a suitable environment for making first steps towards changes.  People who have been isolated, often for a very long time, need to be first of all motivated to make an effort to step out. They need to see positive results of their actions and to feel rewarded. Such an experience can be a turning point in their life and lead to discovering own place in the community.

We find puppetry art a surprisingly efficient tool facilitating this initial stage of social inclusion processes. It`s worth quoting here an Icelandic trainer who works with the refugees and who discovered the power of puppetry art thanks to her participation in a puppetry workshop within an ERASMUS+ project:"I must admit I was a bit sceptical towards the puppet method in the beginning of the course. It wasn't obvious to me what one could do with a puppet that couldn't be done with „ordinary“ theatre. My scepticism was quickly replaced with sheer curiosity and playfulness as we were given simple materials and simple tasks that allowed us to be fully present but at the same time in exploration mode. The journey of making the puppet, getting to know it, exploring what it could do, learning to animate it and in the end showing what we had achieved was for me a purifying and a joyful one. Maybe the biggest gift in the puppet method is how it is a bodily experience. The way to the conclusions is not through head battling by a table, but through exploring the puppet on the stage.  This is obviously a huge advantage when working with a group without a common language". In that particular case the use of puppets was at the end recognized as a great tool in teaching foreign languages, since it helped to open the participants (migrants) up to speaking, while being "hidden" behind a puppet (http://artescommunity.eu/storytelling/puppet-theater-workshop-and-language-learning/).  It shows that a seemingly trifling and unimportant workshop experience turned out to be a perfect MOTIVATION STRATEGY for socially vulnerable adults, lost in reality and with no communication skills necessary to function in society. This is also an example of how the arts-based and participatory adult education we want to promote can contribute to specific European policies, even though puppet theatre is not publicly perceived as something serious and socially useful. We are fully convinced that educational programs for the disadvantaged adult learners have to be attractive and involving creative and playfull methods, according to the theme  of the European Year (2017) for Adult Learning proposed by EAEA - “The Power and Joy of Learning”. This is how EAEA explains their choice: "We want to underline the transformative possibilities of adult education and the positive experience of learning. Many people are wary of learning because of their bad school experience, others feel that training might be another pressure they have to suffer from for their success in life. EAEA wants to underline the positive side, also because we know that this is the best way to attract those furthest away from learning". The necessary condition for enhancing social inclusion through adult education is to focus first of all on those who are responsible for supporting disadvantaged learners. This is why all three intellectual outputs address the needs of ADULT EDUCATORS and contribute to the development of their PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCES. We will use different tools and approaches in order to reach educators interested in a more academic knowledge (Guidelines) and also those who value an insight into learning processes (Compendium). Both publications will be teacher/trainer-oriented and focused on providing end-users with practical methods, teaching scenarios, explanation of challenges and potential risks, comments on group dynamics, description of case studies and useful hints and tips.

Act for dialogue , Be a plural citizen! (starts in 2021)

The project “Act for dialogue, Be a plural citizen! "Aims to contribute to a better understanding and appropriation of the common heritage constituting the Euro-Mediterranean plural identity and to exchange experiences on how to understand and promote multicultural citizenship through non-formal education. By mobilization and networking, 36 Moroccan participants will work with 24 participants from partner countries around education for intercultural citizenship in a framework of intercultural exchange through the following activities:  

  • Online capacity building
  • Online debates 
  • International learning and sharing forum
9 partners countries: Morocco, France, UK, Portugal, Egypt, Tunisia, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                   Towards inclusive and sustainable Europe (starts in 2021)

Project aims to raise awareness about the importance of involving migrants and minorities fully in the civic society as well as sensitising them to understand and appreciate the normality of different worldviews, customs and ways of life among human beings. In addition the project aims to support migrant & minority communities in exercising their rights and responsibilities in society and enhance their feeling of belonging to the community, both local and European.Project activities includes: six public debates in partner countries on questions challenging minorities/migrants and our society; a media campaign on combating the stigmatisation and importance of inclusion/integration target groups; and a central event of the project is an active citizenship week with a very diverse agenda. We aim to simultaneously highlight minority and migrants’ involvement on a local level and in the larger European Community and celebrate it. Active citizenship week includes: concerts, intercultural fair, creative workshops and an international conference. Around that event we aim to build an informal network of organisations, governmental institutions and active citizens working on ground with migrants and minority.Partner courtiers: Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Greece. Totally in project will take part 505 participants.Project activities:

  •  25-28.03.2021 Amsterdam, prepmeeting - 17 people.
  • 13.05-16.05.2021 Hamburg, Public Debates (Western) - 35 people
  • 19-22.08.2021 Bratislava, Public Debates (Eastern) - 36 people
  • 23-26.09.2021 Barcelona, Public Debates (Central) - 31 people
  • 21-24.10.2021 Rhodes, Public Debates (South) - 31 people
  • 18-21.11.2021 Göteborg, Public Debates (Northern) - 32 people
  • 17-20.02.2022 Brussels, EU high Level debated with vulnerable groups - 85 people
  • 03.05 - 10.05.2022 Tallinn, European active citizens week - 255 people

Outcomes: - Media campaign and web-resource development- A European report on the situation of migrants and minorities in our society and required changes in EU policies (based on the public debated/polls outcomes & experts views) with practical solutions.- A web resource, that we have dubbed the Intercultural Citizenship Network. This is intended as a platform for networking for organisations/active citizens across Europe who is dealing with migrants/minority issues on different levels of the society, but mainly those who are involved in the fields of advocacy, human rights, culture or education. - Empowered and tolerant European citizens.

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