This is a reference for Andreea-Loredana Tudorache

You Are the Engine of Change

The training activity took place
in Burundi and Romania
organised by A.R.T. Fusion Romania
Reference person

Ana-Maria Ilie

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Aims & objectives

The main goal of the project was to raise the capacity of youth work sector to increase the participation and involvement of young people by enabling them to use theatre of the oppressed methods.
This methodology is highly adaptable, with a large capacity to cover all kinds of social issues, power abuse and oppression.
The project was implemented between November 2017 and October 2019.

The project achieved the following objectives:
-To introduce innovative methodologies in youth work field on 2 continents;
-To raise the capacity of partner organisations to operate at European level and in intercontinental mobility projects;
-To stimulate the exchange of best practices in youth work field across continents;
-To increase quality of youth organisation projects in the 2 continents;
-To develop and improve competencies in Theatre of the Oppressed methods for youth workers from Europe and Africa;
-To stimulate the development of a network of Theatre of the Oppressed multipliers in various regions of Europe and Africa;
-To develop proactive attitudes and the sense of initiative among the NGO partners’ members and, also, among the beneficiaries of the partners (young people).
-To increase the level of active participation among the direct and indirect beneficiaries

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

The project’s main beneficiaries (32 youth workers from Burundi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria and Portugal) took part in a long-term training course focused on developing practical working competencies in theatre of the oppressed methodology.
The training approach was designed as the following:
1) An initial training course for developing basic competencies in theatre of the oppressed methodology (Image and Forum Theatre) for the future multipliers (it took place in Bujumbura, Burundi, in October 2018);
2) A practice phase in each of the partner countries, where the multipliers, prepared and implemented Forum Theatre performances for at least 1600 young people (at least 200 in each country). Topics of the performances were bullying, mobbing, domestic violence, family manipulation, gender inequality, drug abuse and early pregnancies.
3) The practice phase was followed by the second training course (which took place in Busteni, Romania, in March 2019), for assessing the first practice phase results, for developing advanced competencies in Theatre of the Oppressed and developing skills in Newspaper and Invisible Theatre.
4) The second practice phase took place in the partner countries, where the multipliers transferred their competencies in a new round of performances for more than 100 people in each country. The topics tackled in this phase were: bullying, violence against women, cyber bullying, emotional manipulation in a relationship, road accidents etc.
5) A final evaluation meeting was organized in Riga, Latvia, in August 2019, in order to assess and evaluate the impact of the whole project and plan how the network will continue to work in a coordinated manner from now on.

Training methods used & main activities

The first training activities used are from this manual:
The second training activities where included in the manual produced in the project.

Outcomes of the activity

One of the main outcomes of the training program was the production of a Manual on Invisible Theatre : or

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role was of full time trainer and coordinating the team of trainers. Together we realised the
- Learning needs analysis
- Selection and preparation of participants
- Preparation and coordination out local activities (practice phase);
- Design of the trainings session and preparation of materials
- Delivery of sessions;
- The short and long term evaluation;
- Drafting and finalizing the manual;
- Report to the organizers;

I worked on this training for 20 days as a full time trainer.

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