Forum ROMAnum - Interactive Theatre Games Inclusin..
Forum ROMAnum - Interactive Theatre Games Inclusing Roma Minorities
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2017
According to experts in few years the Roma question becomes an interior problem of the European Union, and can not be leaved only on those nations which deal with integrity problems. Critical social and financial background of gypsies threats the social cohesion of the whole Community, and slows down the fight against extreme poverty stated in the Lisbon Process. There is an urgent need of innovative initiatives, cooperation and synchronization among citizens, stakeholders, educational experts, civil organisations, public institutes, right defender organisations, Roma groups, decision makers and political parties of all Member States in any levels to work out effective solutions and strategy plans. Most of the initiatives trying to solve problems derive from decision-makers and professional institutes – however there are big tensions, prejudices, negative experiences, aggressions and fears among citizens themselves.
This project provides a bottom-up approach generated among minority and majority inhabitants of local communities, reinforcing communication among concerned citizens, leaving them to express their points of views, individual and social needs and feelings face to face in one space at the same time. The project raises awareness on the importance of communication and understanding, which is necessary for solving problems, for creating innovative solutions and finding new pathways. It applies an alternative informal-nonformal teaching approach to release tensions, to make the confrontation acceptable, treating and interpreting the whole process as a theatre performance or a game. Interactive Theatre Games creates opportunities of forming strong working relationships among Roma and majority citizens, knowing better each other, decreasing prejudices and segregation. The actions are followed by thematic workshops, debates, focus group discussions and information campaigns enhancing participants' knowledge on possibilities of active citizenship; their reflection on EU values and rights, identifying problems and focusing on opportunities and perspectives provided by the EU. Further opinion polls and debates encourage citizens to share and list their views on Roma issues, their suggestions, fears, preconceptions, their putative barriers and opportunities regarding to integrity problems.
The project foresees END PRODUCTS such as
a.) Data-collection in local communities examining Roma and majority citizens’ points of views, attitudes, prejudices, innervations about various integrity problems through thematic surveys, interviews and focus group discussions.
b.) Data analysis evaluating results of data gathering, forming Interactive Theatre Games (performances) and scenario descriptions from them.
c.) Interactive Theatre Games in heterogeneous local communities involving Roma and majority citizens, performing a problem situation and generating a Conflict Room, where participants can finish the scenario with their own solutions and suggestions in an improvisative way.
d.) Facilitator trainings on national levels training peer facilitators (Roma and majority pairs) to be able to generate Interactive Theatre Games in their local communities, leading Conflict Rooms and treating arising problems.
Two further international INTELLECTUAL OUTPUTS summarize and structure results and end products of the project:
1. A Methodology Book collecting Interactive Theatre Game descriptions, introducing their aims, objectives, structure and conditions for further use for indirect target groups facing minority problems
2. A Training Thematic material collecting and describing modules of skills development for teaching further facilitators to be able to lead Interactive Theatre Games
Two BLENDED MOBILITIES assure the involvement of participants in compiling intellectual outputs and disseminating results:
1. A thematic workshop session collecting national description lists of Interactive Theatre Games, completing them with further ideas and modifying them according to experiences of national try-outs
2. An International Training of Facilitators examining the final compilation of Training Thematic and Methodology Book in practice.
An international MULTIPLIER EVENT assures further effective dissemination of results for the project. The International Press Conference in Budapest introduces project results and intellectual outputs of the project, and provides further thematic workshops and seminars for direct and indirect target groups
All the activities are based on intercultural dialogue between participants, respecting cultural diversity and related to basic values of the EU; fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union among its citizens. 4 countries participate in the project.
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