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Social Theatres United
Start date: May 18, 2016, End date: Jan 17, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Social Theatres United” is an intercultural exchange with the participation of 30 young people, better described as:1) 18 Boys and girls, aged 18-25 year old, who have attended or are still attending a formal study path but also loving theatre and the informal learning typical of youth associations and the workshops organised by them. In this intercultural exchange the youth interests and needs orbit the themes of theatre, interculture and social inclusion meant also as future occupation, hopefully.2) 12 Boys and girls, aged 18- 25 year old, fewer opportunities: 4 with light intellectual disabilities (from Poland and Italy); 2 coming from the Russian minority in Lithuania and 2 Kurdish from Turkey, with linguistic and exclusion issues; 4 coming from Bulgaria and Latvia, unemployed, at times accepting seasonal or casual work. They all face social exclusion.The partnership of this project is composed of 6 organizations coming from 6 Programme Countries: Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria & Turkey. The place of the exchange is San Giorgio del Sannio, in the province of Benevento, a town in a rural area, 90km from Naples, in the South of Italy, chosen to host this project for 11 days from 21st June to 1st July 2016. The themes of the exchange are: "Creativity & Culture","Social Inclusion" and "Social Dialogue" as we wish to get to know on a daily basis all the cultures in the partnership by exchanging our theatricaal experiences and realising the intercultural evenings dedicated to each country and organization with games, videos, activities who can shed light on stereotypes and prejudices. We would like to reproduce traditional and modern atmospheres of our countries and our theatrical cultures to offer a more complete picture of who we are. This is the reason why "Creativity" plays a central role: both to prepare and implement the exchange activities and create new ones on site for the European public event in our local schools and theatre, to involve our community of San Giorgio del Sannio, illustrate our project and set a social dialogue to do culture through theatre. Many workshops will be realised also in the open, in the high schools and we will visit the creativity of 2 local youth associations, working stably and which could be an example for many of us. We underline that ech partner will include in the exchange at least 2 young people with fewer opportunities, due to light mental retards, ethnic minorities or unemployment. it is our habit to make integrated groups not to create ghettoes or happy oases, we believe that there is always something to learn from each other and solidarity brings well-being.Finally the objectives, identified in our partnership in accordance also with the objectives of this Erasmus+ Key Action, are to:1. Take care of the growth and creative expression of the young participants thorugh several theatrical and intercultural workshops.2. Break stereotypes and shed light on the realities of the partner countries and associations, including the disadvantaged ones.3. Offer participants opportunities to di prepare, implement and evaluate group activities also for future working purposes.4. Inform participants about further opportunities abouth the Erasmus+ Programme, with special focus to Youth (exchanges, voluntary work and trianing courses), but also about other opportuniites to study abroad ( University Erasmus ) of carry out some some working apprentiship or vocational trainings abroad (VET). 5. Spread healthy values such as respect for the diversity, brotherhood, social inclusion, sharing and common well-being.6. Promote the non formal learning which operates on the youth activation and self-awareness.7. Take care of the follow-up of this exchange by creating new activities and initiatives which may meet our future ambitions.To ensure that participants can learn proficuously, we will adopt the "Experiential Learning Methodology", also known as the "Learning by Doing Methodology". The theoretical discussion follows the activities, so the participants can be spontaneous in all the activities and workshops as they used to do when they were children. In that phase, the direct experience of the happenings determined the first and deepest learning. Unlike then and better than then, after the activities, in the reflections and evaluation, the experiential learning adds intellectual and analytical tools to guarantee awareness of growth. The"Experiential Learning Methodology" will stem, then, into the "Educator to Learner" and the "Peer to Peer" Methodologies.
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