Training in service July 2012 - description

 

 

TRAINING-IN-SERVICE COURSE

ABOUT

Prevention of racism through Theater of the Oppressed

Introduction

Racism/xenophobia/discrimination is an hot issue in Europe; European Commission gives great attention to this financing several activities tackling this problem (see for instance the program “Fundamental rights and Citizenship, DG Justice).

Italy particularly is seeing an increasing attention to this due to the quick immigration we are living since 10 years. Some political parties, mass-media agencies, public opinion, are focusing the issue of migration and strengthening the connection between criminality, immigration, sense of insecurity.

On the other hand movements and associations mainly are fighting against stereotypes, prejudgments, racism in different places (school, mass-media system, suburbs, living together houses...) with different tools.

Theatre of the Oppressed is an useful tool for adult education used all over the world since longtime in formal and informal adult education (www.theatreoftheoppressed.org).

Roberto Mazzini has more than 20 years of experience in this method with several kinds of adults and youngsters groups and has contacts with several groups using the same method.

So we think that this proposal can fit the need of empower our activity against racism, both as prevention and intervention, giving to people participating stimulus, tools, ideas, means of how to implement good anti-racist projects.

 

Contents of the training were defined in two ways:

1) this training is part of the European project called F.ra.t.t. (Fighting racism through theater) that Giolli and 3 partners are currying out since January 2011, concerning racism.

2) asking partner organizations all over Europe, especially Divadno (Czeck Republic), Pa'tothom (Spain), GTO-PELE (Portugal), ATIC (France), Artemisszio (Hungary), Action Aid (UK), ApsArt (Serbia), Association of Drama Practitioners STOP-KLATKA (Poland), Fundatia Umanitara Rescue (Romania), Association Kàddu Yaraax (Senegal), VAT Theatre Forum Theatre Group (Estonia), HEMAYAT (Austria), La Xixa Teatre (Spain), Teater Phantastisk (Sweeden), Leesmij Teater (Neederlands).

 

Preparation

1) At first we will publish on our website all detailed information about the course and all necessary forms and documents.
2) To those who would like to apply we will ask to send a first application form and a curriculum vitae in European format (where they will also have to point out their linguistic knowledge). We need these information in order to carry on a potential selection aimed at creating a homogeneous group, suitable for the objectives of the course.
3) After the selection and the definitive registration, we will send to all participants information and schedule about the event and its logistic aspects.
With the registration form we will ask the participants to fill in both a question form about their needs and expectations,
and a questionnaire of self-assessment regarding one’s own skills, in order to make the event as similar as possible to their requests, especially those made by individuals with disabilities or with particular needs.
4)
Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list (in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese) will be suggested to participants to prepare themselves to the training.

5) Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture. The presentation can be made also by multimedia devices. In this case, not only it will be used during the first meeting, but it will also be available on the web to the other participants so that they can have a preliminary knowledge of the group they are going to be part of.
6) To all participants will be accessible our website with material about the different aspects of the course (organizational, theoretical, articles from teachers and other collaborators...).
7) Participants are required to have some experience in using Boal's techniques in projects concerning prevention of racism and stereotypes, inter-cultural education, peace education and similar issues. They are also requested to speak English or Spanish at intermediate level.

Objectives

1) The main goal is to reflect and deepen the knowledge and practice of Theatre of the Oppressed for fighting against racism in all its forms. This objective will be curry out through several activities (classes, experience comparisons, laboratories, group works and discussions, performances…) which allow participants both to learn and to bring their experiences in this event; our principle of teaching is based on “learning by doing approach” and on “mutual teaching”.

The guiding principles to pursue this goal are being able to recognize, talk about and present:
- the methodological-theoretical principles of Boal's and Freire's methods

- the experiences in the field of adult education on the subject of racism.

Participants will have the opportunity to acquire technical and practical knowledge through a methodology based on team work, discussions and elaboration using also a method called “action learning” (practical exercises and simulations).

2) The cooperation among the participants is itself a big goal to pursue since a transnational overview can supply an adequate answer in adult subjects with work against racism in different contexts.

3) We also want to strength the European collaboration among people practising anti-racism in different contexts but unified by similar theatre-pedagogical approaches.

 

Methodology

The methodology used is Theatre of the Oppressed (Boal's method) based on the total involvement of all participants, also thanks to laboratory practice which will provide a group process concretely operable right away, created in order to promote the learning process, following a methodology called “Action Learning”. Participants will be active protagonists since they will live an educational experience centred on the experimentation of their own ability.

Self-education through multimedia devices, or learning from people of the same level are common and even more widespread than formal education.

During the whole course according to the different phases will be used:
- the same theatre techniques that they have to learn, by experiencing them directly on themselves.
- discussions about the workshop experience (on theory, method and related techniques)
- sharing and working out the emotions experienced during the workshop.
- group work on project planning.
- theoretical and methodological follow up of the course experience.
- evaluation at the end of every day and final evaluation at the end of the course.

A tutor will be available to support individuals in all needs they could have before, during and after the training concerning the course (organisation, contacts with trainers, accommodation...).


Outcomes
After the course participants are expected to:
- be able to apply the workshop outcomes in his/her specific field to tackle racism both explicit and masked, with marginalised groups and “normal” citizens.

 

Participants

The training is open to every person working in adult education: teachers, animators, educators, social workers, psychologists, volunteers, theatre practitioners, both operating in formal and informal education.

Particularly appreciated people with long experience in Theatre of the Oppressed and/or with marginalized groups and/or about racism and intercultur.

 

Participants are required to have experienced some action about racism prevention.

Limits: maximum 1/3 of participants from Italy or every other single country.

Intermediate level of English or Spanish is required.

Searching balance between male and female.

Admitted also some people who will to work in this field with these methods at maximum 1/5 of participants.

 

Evaluation

  • Daily we will ask comments about the program and the activities of the previous day

  • daily we'll ask participants to evaluate their own personal and professional growth

  • an evaluation and a satisfaction form will be given the last day concerning:

- group dynamics

- trainers' competence

- contents, method and techniques learned

- general organisation before and during the training

- accommodation

- general programme.

 

Follow-up

After the event.
- The methods shared and explored and the
bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.
- At the end of the event, participants will have the possibility to keep in touch with their teachers and with the other participants by a
mailing list already activated before the course itself starts. It will give them the opportunity to broaden the themes of this course and keep on learning, thanks to the inter-cultural exchange.

- further books and articles to deepen the issue and contacts with some other practitioners all over in Europe and in the world will be suggested by trainers.

 

- Our website will host writings about theory and methodology (from teachers) and about experiences (from other people involved in the issue: participants, other experienced people, teachers, Giolli’s members...).

 

- the chance to have further trainings at Giolli or some other similar group in Europe that we are in touch with (Sweden, Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Neederlands, Portugal, Spain) will be given to participants.

- the chance to have supervised their own practice by trainers (directly or by video ) will be given.
- a support to start a
network of mutual help among participants will be given as well.

 

- About four months after the end of the course we will ask participants to write a report about the effects the course has had on their effectiveness and on their operating and territorial context, pointing out possible implementations.

They will be asked:

--- how they are using elements learned in the training

--- which kind of further reflections arose

--- how are they using materials produced, in order to stimulate a further training.

Also forms of self-assessment about their own interventions will be sent.

 

 

PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)

IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:

 

ENGLISH:

  • Arrival day

Participants welcome and accommodation.

Welcome dinner.

 

  • 1st day

Training opening and introduction - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: Roberto Mazzini and some participants

Goals: knowing each other by a self-presentation of one's own work/institution/profession/context. Sharing expectations. Reaching organisation adjustments. Creating a group atmosphere able to prepare to further work together.

Methods: by video, practical exercises, discussion.

Contents: self presentations.

Questions: who are we?

 

  • 2nd day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: Roberto Mazzini and some participants

Goals: to introduce participant in the own approach

Methods: Warm-ups / Community Building, More Image Work, Closure.

Contents: definitions (racism, aggression and stereotypes, etc.), stories of racism from daily life.

Questions: What is racism? What is power?

 

  • 3rd day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: Roberto Mazzini and some participants.

Goals: to deepen the research around our own experience about racism.

Methods: Warm-ups / Community Building, More Image Work, Closure.

Contents: external/internal oppression, stories of racism from daily life.

Questions: What is oppression? What is the link between society and individual?

 

  • 4th day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: Roberto Mazzini and some participants.

Goals: To deepen the research around racist daily situations.

Methods: Warm-ups / Community Building, Work with Forum and Cops around stories of racism, Closure.

Contents: personal stories of racism.

Questions: What is privilege and the link with racism?

 

  • 5th day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: Roberto Mazzini and some participants.

Goals: Evaluation of the process and outputs, future perspective.

Methods: different active techniques of evaluation and preparing the future.

Contents: the process lived, the future.

Questions: How was the training for me at both personal and professional level? How to apply that in the future?

 

  • Departure day

Consignment of course material.

Departure.

 

This schedule could be changed following the group reactions, desires, interests, in agreement with participants. Our method implies to be more connected with the group dynamics than with the programmed activities, in order to be more effective with the real human process.

 

Daily Schedule:

9.30-12.30 Training

12.30-15.30 Lunch and rest

15.30-18.30 Training

18.30-20.00 Informal time to socialize, relaxing...

After Dinner: informal socialisation or extra course event.

(every session will have breaks if required by participants; a translation also into Italian, French or Spanish is available at the moment whether some participants would need it).

 

Extra course event will be chosen in agreement with participants among:

--- meeting with Giolli's staff and Kwa Dunia association that operates in the field of inter cultural education by using T.O. method and over, at school, with migrants, and so.

--- performance from Giolli's company about racism. Invitation to local institutions, no-profit organisation and journalists

--- free time to visit the town of Parma or surroundings

--- other participants' proposals

 

TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED

IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:

Certificate of attendance including description of training, contents and time input.

 

INFORMATION ON TRAINING

 

DATE OF START:

10/07/12

 

TIME OF START: 10:00

 

DATE OF END:

14/07/12

TIME OF END: 18:00

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline for registration:

10/04/12

FEE for cancellation: 200 €

 

 

 

NAME OF ORGANIZING INSTITUTION:

Giolli cooperativa sociale – Centro permanente di ricerca e sperimentazione teatrale dei metodi Boal e Freire

 

ADRESS

Via Chiesa 12

 

POSTCODE:

43022

 

TOWN / CITY:

Montechiarugolo PR

 

Nearest big city:

Parma Distance: 9 km

 

COUNTRY:

Italy

 

PHONE NUMBER AND FAX

++39 521-686385

 

MAIL

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WEBSITE

www.giollicoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

NAME OF HOST INSTITUTION:

Casa Laboratorio L'Asinara (of Associazione Kwa Dunia)

 

 

ADRESS

Via del Traglione 221

 

 

TOWN

Casaltone (province of Parma) – 9 Km from Parma

 

 

COUNTRY

ITALY

   
   

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS TRAINING:

dr. Roberto Mazzini

 

TEL NR:

+39-3471112207”

 

FAX NR:

+39-521-686385”

 

EMAIL:

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IDENTIFICATION OF THE TRAINER/S: NAME, PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION, ROLE DURING THE TRAINING:
Roberto Mazzini (psychotherapist – trainer and tutor)

Massimiliano Anzivino (psychologist - tutor)

 

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS ENVISAGED:

25

 

FEE IN € FOR ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS :

Granted: 350 euro

Not granted: 150 euro by 15th May, 250 after.

 

PARTICIPATION / COURSE FEE IN €:

Granted: 550 euro

Not granted: included

 

TOTAL COURSE FEE PER PARTICIPANT IN €:

900

 

CANCELLATION FEE IN € (WHERE APPLICABLE):

200

 

SPECIAL REMARKS:
A questionnaire given before the course start will gather individual specific needs as diet, disabilities, religious needs, etc.

 

 

CANCELLATION RULES

After approval from Socrates Agency we'll ask participants to confirm their participation by sending 200,00 euro as deposit sum. If the course would be cancel by Giolli the entire sum will be given back, in opposite case Giolli will keep the deposit.