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Be the key actor in your life. Empowerment through conflict management and theatre

The training activity took place
in Italy, Magreglio, Como
organised by Casa per la Pace Milano
11-19 july 2015

Aims & objectives

“Be the key actor in your life. Empowerment through conflict management and theatre” was a youth workers mobility project. It engaged 20 participants from four different countries: Ireland, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Italy. All the participants had collaborated or had done voluntary work with their sending organisation in the past.
The aim of the project was to promote an open and multicultural citizenship based on the respect for the different identities and
cultures coexisting in Europe.

Main goals:
- to reflect on the self and collective identity building, exploring issues such as stereotype, prejudice and discrimination.
- to improve the youth workers’ skills in positive conflict transformation and conflict management.
- to develop artistic, creative and theatre skills as empowerment tools.
- to set up a forum theatre performance as a discussion and debate tool useful in conflict situations.
- to build up an international network among the four partner organisations, useful for the youth workers experience sharing.
Target Group:
new volunteers, other youth workers, unemployed youngsters...

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Italy, Czech Republic, Ireland, Ukraine.

Training methods used & main activities

The four partner organisations have chosen the nonviolent education and the Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) methods. Both go further the traditional education system based on unidirectional knowledge communication. TO and nonviolent education look for the sharing of common knowledge based on the daily life experiences. The tow methods give priority to the discussion, to the learning process ant to the creativity as powerful change tools.

Outcomes of the activity

After the training course (which was concluded last summer, not so long time ago so some activities are still going on ) we are planning to carry out the following activities:
- Theatre and non formal education workshops on the conflict management and multicultural fields. The target of these workshops are the groups of youngsters from the local environment of each organisation.
- Training activities on the project topics and methodology. The target of these activities are new volunteers, other youth workers,
unemployed youngsters...
-Information activities on the Erasmus + programme, so people from different social, economic and educational background can
- access to the opportunities of this programme.
Participants of the training gave very positive feedback already at the end of course, then again in the evaluation questionnaires and in their Youthpasses.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role was to facilitate the course and to lead mainly the part of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) and to coordinate all the activities which took part in it coordinate myself with the part concerning the Identity, the prejudice and stereotype activity. My area of expertise during the course was mainly on Theatre of the Oppressed and non formal education.

I worked on this training for 8 days days as a full time trainer.

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