Manual “ARTiculating Values”

Theatre-pedagogical and creative exercises to give young people in a globalized world orientation in their search for identity and to sensitize them for diversity, basic rights and democracy

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Development

2012

within the project “ARTiculating Values: Youngsters act in EuroMed” in cooperation with BAOBAB

Learning from each other at eye level

The project “ARTiculating Values”, in the context of which this handbook was created, is one of those international projects that enable all participants to meet on an equal footing and make it clear that we can all learn from each other: Teachers from students, “natives” from “immigrants”, … and vice versa. This process is of course all the more exciting, the greater the range of different experiences and perspectives of the participants. The horizon is broadened and one’s own point of view as well as the idea of what is good and right is relativized.

Encourage and inspire young people

In the face of globalization, worldwide interdependencies and changes, individual knowledge, social behavior and personal actions can rely less and less on “proven traditions”. Consequently, it is essential to offer young people an orientation for the lifelong process of finding a human identity and to encourage them to see global connections and perceive diversity as enrichment. Educational work can make an important contribution to this by enabling young people to gain their own experience in encounters with “the others” and encouraging them to develop forms of action that enable them to exercise their fundamental rights and to play an active role in shaping democratic pluralistic societies.

Author

Rebekka Zeilinger

Promotion

by the Austrian Development Agency, the former Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (bm:ukk) and the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA)

Theater pedagogical and creative methods

In the sense of holistic learning, the own discovery, the networking with all senses and a self-determined, sustainable and joyful learning with “heart, head and feet” in a benevolent atmosphere are important. Theater pedagogical and other creative methods have this potential. They constructively involve the emotional level and make it possible to develop trust and strengthen the team spirit even in heterogeneous and difficult group constellations. The “Theatre of the Oppressed” developed by Augusto Boal made it possible to experience new situations on one’s own body, to “walk in the shoes of others” or to play through different conflict situations and try out one’s own solution strategies.

This process is of course all the more exciting, the greater the range of different experiences and perspectives of those involved. The horizon is broadened and one’s own point of view as well as the idea of what is good and right are put into perspective.

Rebekka Zeilinger

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