DemoDram: Democracy through Drama
Coordinator: Birmingham City University (UK)
Project duration: 2018 to 2020
Objective: how to implement drama in a classroom to discuss and explore ideas about democracy
Target group: teachers and educators from the 1st and 2nd stage of secondary education
Partners: InSite (HU), University of Rome and MimesLab (IT), Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EL)
The project was inspired by a pilot study by the Education Department of Birmingham City University where both teachers and students in secondary schools were interviewed. This study revealed that teachers find that their curriculum is mainly aimed at achieving targets and conducting assessments, rather than creating space for debate on social issues, as social prejudices, xenophobia, media representation and framing, etc. KeKi will collaborate with Birmingham City University and the partners, to investigate how drama can be used in the classroom to discuss these social themes and how this can be integrated into the different curricula. The project aims to support teachers and educators in raising democratic awareness and active citizenship among their students.
Between 2018 and 2020 several supporting activities and tools are being developed:
- a conceptual, methodological and pedagogical framework of the project, where the central concepts and the pedagogical approaches to the methodology are elaborated;
- a training manual by The Open Education Resources of the Democracy through Drama project, with practical explorations of the field that teachers can rely on as they implement drama in their classrooms.
- A dynamic self-reflexive assessment toolkit, with guidance on what children’s rights and citizenship in education means and a self-reflective toolkit for teachers to enhance the evaluation of their work.
- an online learning platform for teachers to communicate with each other and two international Summer Schools in 2018 and 2019 where educators can engage practically in the methodologies and different approaches.
Current project activities of KeKi:
- For this project we developed a short survey to get a view on the way that teachers from the 1st and 2nd stage of secondary education (languages, history, geography, religion, ethics and human sciences) discuss ideas concerning democracy in their class. This survey has now been completed.
- As part of this project, KeKi is developing a reflection tool to support teachers in achieving a democratic class. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Youth for Human Rights
Coordinator: Jint vzw (follow-up within KeKi: Van Vooren, E.)
Project duration: 2018 to end of 2019
Objective: Mainstreaming human rights within Erasmus+ programmes and promote human rights education in youth work through education and training.
Target group: youth workers
Partners: 6 national agencies from other European countries (Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Slovakia and Latvia)
The project focuses on human rights education in youth work and non-formal learning and aims to stimulate mutual understanding in Europe. In 2017 Jint vzw identified the existing instruments for human rights education. KeKi was selected by Jint vzw to set up a training for human rights education in youth work. In June 2018 an international train-the-trainer took place in Slovakia where existing instruments for human rights education were shared and foundations for the national training have been secured. Together with 3 co-trainers a three-day training programme ‘Double force: human rights and youth work is powerful’ (‘Dubbel Krachtig: mensenrechten en jeugdwerk is machtig’) was composed, that took place in Huis over Grenzen between 9 and 11 November. In 2019 there was an international evaluation-moment and a comeback-moment for the national participants.