Drama for Change is a three-year partnership project that runs from 2014 to 2017. Smashing Times has partnered with four other countries from Germany, Bulgaria, Spain and the Netherlands for this project. The project uses creative methods to develop training models for adult educators, using the arts to promote anti-racism, equality and diversity and is funded by Erasmus Plus – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices.
The University of Turku, Finland, (2005) study called Drama: A Way to Social Inclusion states that drama is an ideal medium for promoting social change and the inclusion of marginalised groups within society. The work builds confidence and creates opportunities for participants to identify and address their own needs rather than having those needs dictated from above or through the formal education system. Participatory drama (not just any drama) is considered a democratic and critical device for learning, where both the ”teachers” and ”pupils” learn from each other, and more precisely learn and work together.
- To conduct a period of research across all partner countries:
- To conduct research on best practice in each partner country to promote equality, inclusion and anti racism.
- To develop and distribute a questionnaire to stakeholder organisations in order to identify the needs of teachers wishing to learn how to use drama and theatre games and exercises to promote issue based work.
- Based on the needs identified as part of the period of research, to develop a curriculum to provide training for teachers working with young people and adults on how to use theatre to promote gender equality, inclusion and anti-racism work. To display the information on EPALE or on another web portal and a copy of the training in a interactive PDF format. This includes:
- Theories and policy in relation to guiding principals for teachers using creative methods to educate young people and adults on issues of equality, inclusion and anti racism.
- A range of drama and theatre games and exercises which can be adapted to explore issues of equality, inclusion and anti racism.
- A Toolbox of Resources to accompany the training.
- A video demonstration of a selection of exercises and to distribute this video to key project partners.
- To create a sub group of partners to develop a draft version of the curriculum including:
- Test sections of the curriculum by all partners.
- Develop the first draft of the curriculum.
- Pilot elements of the curriculum in partner countries and gather feedback from trainees on curriculum and tool box.
- Finalize the curriculum and toolbox.
- To conduct an Awareness and Dissemination plan to promote project outputs and to run multiplier events issuing press releases and newsletters.
– Research on current theory and policy on equality, inclusion and anti racism in each partner country.
– Research on the needs of adult educators in relation to using drama techniques to promote equality, inclusion and anti racism in the partner countries.
– The development of a Tool Box of Resources for adult educators in each partner country including theory and policy on equality, inclusion and anti racism work.
– A list of principals underlying use of drama techniques to be conducted with adult learners.
– A list of drama and theatre games and exercises and how they can be used to promote equality, inclusion and anti-racism work.
– Video demonstrations of how to use a selection of the drama and theatre games and exercises with a step by step approach to running the games and exercises.
– A list of organisations providing support, information and advocacy in partner countries and all the information will be made available in each partner language.
– Web portal to host the Toolbox of Resources including an on line forum for educators to discuss the issues arising and copies of the tool box will developed into an interactive PDF in each partner language to be distributed.
– A full curriculum providing detailed information for training trainers on how to use drama and theatre techniques to promote equality, inclusion and anti racism work.
– A pilot test run of the training in Ireland training representatives from each of the partner counties .
Smashing Times Theatre Company (Ireland) – Co ordinator www.smashingtimes.ie
Dialoge language institute (Germany) www.dialoge.com
Instituto de Formacion y Estudios Sociales (Spain) www.ifes.es
Pressure Line (Netherland) www.pressureline.nl
Ku Tu Ltd (Bulgaria) www.kutu-bg.eu