An awareness raising project, targeting the educational community at large, on refugees
and human rights using experiential learning, theatre and educational drama techniques. 


 

"it could be me, it could be you" - Actions

Teacher training workshops

Workshops for students

Quarantine Monologues

Interactive performances

School festivals

Together

National student contest

Monologues from the Aegean

What it does: The project is organized under the following Actions

Action 1: Teacher Training
1a: Teachers’ Seminars: design and deliver a comprehensive seminar structure of a minimum duration of 20 school hours, for teachers of primary and secondary education and members of local community such as parents, municipality officers, local media, members of trade unions, human rights organisations, university students etc., in border and mainland cities incorporating: UNHCR and TENet-Gr educational material as well as innovative relevant material of other organizations; Experience and feedback from previous joint projects.
Action 1b: Teachers’ Short Workshops: design and deliver short workshops of 2 to 4-hours and/or keynotes for teachers of primary and secondary education and members of local community such as parents, municipality officers, local media, members of trade unions, human rights organisations  etc., in several mainland and boarder cities incorporating: UNHCR and TENet-Gr educational material as well as innovative relevant material of other organizations;Experience and feedback from previous joint projects.
 

Action 2: student workshops and school networking
A number of students of primary and/or secondary education in Athens, Lesvos, Chios, Limnos, Chania Crete, Rethymno Crete, Thessaloniki, Xanthi, Drama, Serres, Kozani, Alexandroupoli, Trikala, Karditsa, Larissa, Volos, Katerini, Grevena, Patras, Ioannina, Sparta, Kalamata, Tripoli and other cities, from a number of schools join the “It could be me-It could be you” programme and are involved in a series of specifically targeted interactive workshops based on UNHCR’s and TENet’s educational materials ( “Skliro Karydi”, “Passages”, “I-You-We”, “Irini”, “Monologues” etc).  

Action 3: Training trainers and locar coordinators
Action 3a. Local organization and networking
Local Coordinators in a number of cities organize local meetings with teachers in their regio, develop locat school network, organise student workshops and the local Student Festival 
Action 3b Local trainers training
Design and deliver a specific course of practical workshops and meetings for new trainers and youth facilitators based on the methodology of the project and its educational material in order to familiarize them with the content and techniques presented during the teachers’ training seminars and the school intervention workshops. At the end of this process the facilitators will be accredited as “project trainers and/or facilitators”. This will result in expansion of the Project in more schools in more sites. Such courses and other relevant meetings for new or old project trainers will be organised by the Regional Coordinators in all regions of the country. 
Action 3c. Central trainers training
Reflection, feedback training and updating for Project’s trainers, facilitators, managers and staff. Design and deliver, centrally, a number of central training seminars, which will additionally include reflective sessions and meetings for all projects trainers, facilitators, managers and coordinators for updates on current refugee issues, on current intercultural approaches, on adult education methodology, on evaluation techniques etc. Experts are invited to take part in these meetings and share experience from other countries too. 

Action 4: Interactive Performances for students, teachers and/or the community
Specifically selected and/or developed interactive performances address students and the local community. These performances are mostly interactive in order to offer students and other participants the opportunity to actively reflect on issues such as human rights, acceptance of the “other”, racist speech etc. In particular, the Forum Theatre play “the multicolour migration of the butterfly” (created during 2016) is presented in several cities. Other similar performances, i.e "Passages", are also presented and engage students and local communities.

Action 5: Student Festivals, Share Events and/or Action Days
Schools in every city collectively present their work in targeted Festivals, Share Events and/or Action Days. 

Action 6: “Together” – joint actions for local and refugee youth population
With the view to create opportunities and preconditions for coexistence and meeting between local student population and refugee children accommodated in different locations and facilities, joint creative actions are designed and promoted. These will include activities to be organised mainly in the urban context such as common workshops for local and refugee youths, organisations of visits to museums, street happenings, attendance to music, dance and theatre performances etc. Such activities can facilitate intercultural communication, breaking the ice between the two populations, fighting fear and stereotypes, while mitigating the sense of marginalization among the refugee population. Design of such activities are based on an assessment of needs and possible partners to this actions (schools involved in the project, competent central and local authorities and civil society actors etc) in consultation with UNHCR and taking into account any special conditions at local level and the evolving refugee situation. TENet-Gr seeks and secures all necessary authorizations by competent authorities and actors for activities involving transfer of refugee and local children and participation in events.
Workshops, museum or performance visits, street happenings etc are organized for local and refugee youth so that they can play and create together. 

Additionally, the program provides:
Collection and distribution of educational resources for teachers (guide, exercise and activity manuals et al.)  
Long distance support and counseling for educators that implement actions under the “it could be me – it could be you” program, for their follow-up steps with their team.
Dissemination actions (conferences, workshops, presentations et al.)   
 


 

Comprehensive list of the programme's actions

World Refugee Day 2020 - "Quarantine Monologues"

Mytilene, 24/6/2020, Festivals - Actions days

Event date: 6/24/2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Export event

World Refugee Day 2020 - "Quarantine Monologues"

Day/Time: Wednesday June 24, 2020, 19:00

Location: Marina theater, Mytilene, Lesbos island

In the context of the World Refugee Day, which is celebrated every year on June 20, we met with the aim to share our experiences and our thoughts from the quarantine and to connect them with the texts written by the teenager refugees during the creative writing workshops of the "Quarantine Monologues" project not just thematically but contextually and in a primarily personal way.

We invited the educators, parents and partners of "it could be me - it could be you" project in Lesbos on Wednesday June 24, 2020 at 19:00, to participate in the cooperative action. We read the texts and we shared our personal experiences from this period.

Our "I" and the "here" of the texts were conversing without reprise for around an hour and a half, interrupting the flow of one another, interchanging personal experiences of the present "I"s with the "here"s of the teenagers and their texts. Each time, on the basis of the contextual involvement of the participants, the "here" was intervening with the "I" and vice versa, in a process that vividly showcased the transcendental dimension of chance encounters in common "loci" of vicinity and familiarity. With evident emotion, twenty (20) educators and artists conveyed worries, shared thoughts and feelings as well as excerpts from the "Quarantine Monologues".

"Quarantine Monologues" project took place in April and May 2020 with the participation of twenty four (24) teenager refugees (boys and girls) with different backgrounds and origins such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Pakistani Balochistan, citizens of Syria, Cameroon and Benin, Kurds from Syria and Somalians. The project aimed at voicing the emotions and views of teenage refugee residents of a series of accomodation facilities across Greece, during the temporary, general lockdown that was induced by the COVID19 pandemic in the period between March and May 2020.

“It could be me – it could be you” is an awareness raising project, targeting the educational community at large, on refugees and human rights using experiential learning, theatre and educational drama techniques. The project is organised and implemented in Greece since 2015 by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) in association with and the support of UNHCR Greece (UN Agency for Refugees)

Following the recommendations of the specialists/ the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Organization, we kept safe distances for the health and security of all participants.


Organization: Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) in cooperation with the UNHCR Greece, (the UN Refugee Agency) as part of the “it could be me – it could be you” project. 

Information: Nikoletta Dimopoulou, Regional Coordinator of “It could be me – it could be you” project for Southern Greece and Aegean Islands.
Dionysis Pavlou, Local Coordinator of “It could be me – it could be you” project in Lesbos island

Secretary/Info. +302106541600 / humanrights@theatroedu.gr / www.TheatroEdu.gr

Action Category
  • Festivals
Προγράμματα
  • κι αν ήσουν εσύ;
  • Μονόλογοι σε καραντίνα
Cities
  • Μυτιλήνη
Year
  • 2020 β' τρίμηνο
Facilitators
  • Dimopoulou Nicoletta
  • Παύλου Διονύσης
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