Duration: October 2015 – September 2017
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- Bielskie Stowarzyszenie Artystyczne Teatr Grodzki, Polska
SPECIAL NEWS! On 29 June 2016 two representatives of the National Agency of Erasmus+ Program (Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji in Warsaw http://www.frse.org.pl/) visited us to discuss the ongoing activities and to participate in a storytelling workshop. We got the maximum score for the project implementation!
- Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi, Włochy
- Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Irlandia
- Alþjóðastofan/Intercultural Centre, Islandia
- Centrum Edukacyjne EST, Polska
A picture is worth a thousand words!
According to the above motto, five partner organizations active in the field of education and social inclusion work on the methodology of theatre and digital storytelling for adult educators (teachers, trainers, but also social workers) who support socially vulnerable groups. In particular, the following groups at risk of social exclusion are taken into consideration:
- deprived (underprivileged) communities, especially young, poor adults, who – for economical or sociological reasons – had to leave their educational paths;
- people with disabilities, mainly deaf persons, who – due to lack of oral communication with the (hearing) others – preferably shut themselves in clubs and associations solely for the deaf, thus deepening own isolation and increasing the distance from the mainstream of life;
All the above three groups of learners, have at least one need in common – a need to be understood and to communicate efficiently. In their case, verbal communication is something what rather causes more problems in interactions than helps. This is why the project proposes alternative tools of communication focused mainly on non-linguistic skills – theatre and digital storytelling. Project partners believe, that expression through images, gestures, sounds, and with a limited use of words, is a great idea for bringing these people closer to society, and helping them to express themselves.
- Working out a practical handbook for educators in four languages: English, Polish, Italian and Icelandic. It will contain examples of best practices of theatre and digital storytelling, hints & tips by experienced trainers and description of target groups;
In the first year of project implementation the first four chapters have been elaborated. The publication starts with a thorough presentation of the target groups – the disadvantaged adult students. The benefits of using art in education are also emphasized there. The two following parts of the handbook contain a detailed description of digital and theatrical storytelling methods. The fourth chapter focuses on the potential for practical application of both methods.
- Elaboration of supplementary pedagogical resources such as: learning paths – ready to use pedagogical scenarios on digital and theatre storytelling as tools in adult education; exemplary digital stories of teachers/trainers and beneficiaries, documentation of exemplary theatre techniques used in adult education;
In June 2016, storytelling workshops began in Poland in order to test different creative methods supporting disabled people in their self-expression. Similar classes have been also conducted with migrants in Iceland and with young adults with disabilities and/or facing social problems in Italy. The results of these actions, together with the photo and film documentation will be published at the project website to serve the needs of adult educators searching for the new and attractive working methods. The leaders of the Polish workshop group – Maria Schejbal and Jolanta Kajmowicz-Sopicka – decided to combine digital and theatrical techniques in their work with the mixed group of the deaf and persons with mental disability. This approach proved to be effective and a learning path based on their positive experience is being elaborated.
- VLC platform containing all the materials elaborated during the project and also a space for sharing experience, knowledge and skills;
The project website and good practice platform in the same time is available at: http://artescommunity.eu/storytelling/ It was created at the very beginning of the project and after the first year of partner activities, it already contains a collection of digital stories created by Polish, Icelandic and Irish trainers and educators. There are also information about partner meetings and other events available there, as well as an access to YouTube channel. The further development of the platform will be synchronized with the systematic elaboration of didactic materials by the project partners.
- Training session on digital and theatre storytelling for key staff members of partner organizations;
The training was organized in the premises of IADT in Dun Laoghaire (Ireland) from 30 March to 4 April 2016. It was an intensive workshop process aimed at equipping participants with practical skills and knowledge about using digital and theatre storytelling methods in adult education. Different ways of learning were offered, including multimedia presentations, lectures and discussions, but first of all a number of hands-on activities. In result, a few digital stories were created and participants learned how to make and animate simple paper puppets. Moreover, an instructive video about workshop process perceived by both the trainer and trainee was created and is available at the project platform.
- Multiplier events in all partners countries, meant for disseminating project results.These events are planned for the last stage of project implementation, when all the project findings and outputs will be ready to share with a wide audience of educators all over Europe.
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