The main objectives of our project are the following. We aim to bring disadvantaged children closer to the theatre by enabling them to participate in the development of theatre performances not only as an audience but also as co-creators. We encourage children to reflect on their rights and share their experiences and stories. We raise awareness on the Convention on the Rights of the Children. We promote an understanding and awareness of the value of the arts in the educational process. We aim to develop the skills of people working in the culture and creative sectors to use theatre in order to promote the social inclusion of children and to work on the Convention on the Rights of the Children.
In order to be able to achieve these objectives, the project will realise workshops with children in all partner countries. In the framework of these workshops the children will be able to express themselves freely and talk about the issues related with their rights. The stories that will come out from these workshops will be the basis for the development of the scenarios. The workshops are going to be based on a methodology that will be transferred to the project by the expert partner “Network for the Rights of Children” which is working for years on issues related with the promotion of the rights of children and issues related with the Convention.
On the basis of the results of the workshops, the scenarios are going to be developed for the theatrical performances. Each theatrical performance is going to cover at least 2 articles of the Convention on the basis of the stories that have been collected during the workshops. After the completion of the scenarios, the theatre performances are going to be prepared and staged in 3 different locations in each country:
- in theatres
- in schools
- in centers where there is a high amount of disadvantaged children
The performances are going to be participatory with an active participation of the children.
In order to bring together all the performances, the project is going to organise a Rights for Kids Festivals where all the performances (from the 4 countries) are going to be presented together with other parallel activities focusing on the rights of kids. In these performances, there are going to be used hypertitles in order to be understood from the local audience and they are going to be organized on the basis of the articles of the Convention in which they refer.
In order to ensure the widest possible sustainability of the project, the performances as well as all the guidelines and materials produced by the project are going to be recorded and subtitled in 4 languages and then uploaded in the portal that the project is going to develop. The online portal that is going to be developed is going to focus on wider issues related with the art and the Convention for the Rights of the Children. The portal is not going to be limited to the resources developed by the project but it is going to gather and promote also other resources that highlight these common elements. This will also increase the chances for the replicability of the project activities.
The project, again for issues related with sustainability, is also going to organise an e-learning course with the aim to develop the skills of the professionals all over Europe. The material developed by the project is going to be transformed in e-learning material and an open call for participation is going to be sent all over Europe. The course is going to be organized in English.
Through these activities, the project is aiming to include disadvantaged children in creative and culture activities and raise awareness on the Convention for the Rights of Children.
The project will focus more on the target group of children 13-18.