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HRVATSKA VERZIJA


ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP

Educathe+ Expander (E+EX) builds on successful Grundtvig workshop Educathe (2013) and Educathe+ KA2 Strategic Partnership (2015-2017) – and expands on them geographically and in practice.

Similar to its predecessors, E+EX brings together new organisations that use educational theatre (ET) practices in working with/for people with disability (PWD). This time we expand to organisations who work with women or immigrants, teach them to use ET, and learn from them as the “control group” (for measuring the success of our practices). Thus, the “Educathe movement” develops its network and database of good practices, and increases the popularity of ET in non-formal education and disability social work.

In E+EX, partners come together to share and document their existing ET practices and develop new ones; enhance visibility of PWD and their skills in the society and in the labour market; empower, and
develop Key competences of all those involved (PWD, assistants, theatre educators).

We will reach those objectives through Drama-Action Model (DAM), the basic methodological framework developed by sociologist dr.sc. Hromatko and used in all “Educathe movement” activities. DAM is a comprehensive public sociology framework that introduces and combines practices and educational benefits of performative arts (especially ET) with those of empirical interdisciplinary research and non-formal education – in order to achieve inclusive, holistic, sustainable and empirically based social change.

It has been scientifically tested and proven in local (2009, 2011-2012, 2016-2017) and international context (2013, 2015-2017, 2018-2020) as especially suitable tool in educational work with socially stigmatised groups of all kind, including PWD. In short, DAM framework has been proven to be open, proactive, inclusive and sustainable because it is built as a holistic interdisciplinary framework of sociology of knowledge and social construction of reality theory by Berger & Luckmann, dramaturgical perspective by Goffman, theatre/modern version of rite of passage by Turner, and action research by Lewin.

DAM educational journey always includes all sides of a social issue (in this case, PWD /those who work with them/ general society) and then combines ET with action research and non-formal education in order to end with a joint public performance and debate between the performers and the audience (society). Besides empowering performers, DAM helps develop new group identity, raise visibility of E+EX activities, disseminate its results, and incite debates and positive social changes (with regard to PWD employability and labour market). By using DAM, partners will have the basic framework which they will fill with their own knowledge that will in turn help improve drama-action model and develop its range of methods and practices.

In total of 25 days of 5 international ET workshops, partners will conduct 60 mobilities (in equal numbers: 20 by PWD, 20 by their assistants, and 20 by educators). Participants will work together and share/innovate practices and develop 5 public performances that they will perform together in order to present inclusion, disseminate E+EX results, and raise public awareness of discrimination of PWD in the labour market – all the while developing participants EU Key Competences (“soft-skills”).

Performances will end with 5 public debates between performers, organisers, media, and the audience. As such, E+EX performances will become meeting places where PWD and the rest of the society will interact in a public debate focused on problem solving and promotion of EU positive role in prevention of discrimination of PWD in the labour market. To increase our impact and dissemination potential, our performances will be live-streamed, recorded, and disseminated online via partners websites, social media, Educathe’s and educators’ existing networks. Besides audio-visual coverage, partners will take care to produce educational materials from each of partnership’s events.

Therefore, E+EX activities will produce (or further develop) tangible educational outputs: free web platform (E+ Toolbox repository with examples of good practices), E+ Manual (5); and E+ educational videos (5). The outputs of our partnership will be developed equally by all partners and will include practices, experiences, and methodologies that partners have brought into the project as their own contribution. In that way, partners will contribute to Educathe free database of ET practices for employability of PWD.

Finally, E+EX is a long-term commitment that has been established on the needs of PWD, those working with them, and EU policy. Namely, this partnership responds to the EU strategy in disability policy stated in “European Disability Strategy 2010-2020: A Renewed Commitment to a Barrier-Free Europe” and helps remove social and labour market.

HOW TO GET INFORMED ABOUT THE PROJECT?

At your disposal are several channels:

  • at this webpage, we will publish news about our activities and results
  • apply for newsletter for a timely and direct information
  • Follow us on social media:

Hashtag: #e+expander, #cekate, #cekateeu

For all questions about the project and to register for a newsletter, please contact the coordinator of the project at ihromatko@cekate.hr.

 

For more information on the successful predecessor partnership (on which this partnership is based), please click here.

This partnership is funded by European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport “Erasmus+”. For more info about Erasmus+, please click  here.

 


IDENTITY CARD OF THE PARTNERSHIP


FULL TITLE: Educational theatre as the place of raising inclusion and employability of people with disability – Expander

ACRONYM: EDUCATHE+ EXPANDER (E+EX)

PARTNERSHIP CODE: 2019-1-HR01-KA204-060833

DURATION:  1 December 2019 – 31 July 2021 (20 months)

COORDINATOR: Trešnjevka Cultural Centre (CeKaTE) from Zagreb in Croatia (website: www.cekate.hr)

COODRINATOR OF THE PARTNERSHIP: dr.sc. Ivan Hromatko

NACIONAL AGENCY: Agency for mobility and EU programmes (http://www.mobilnost.hr)

PARTNERS: 

  • Associacao Vo’Arte from Lisabon, Portugal (website: www.voarte.com)
  • Zavod TRI from Škofja Loka, Slovenia (website: www.zavod-tri.org)
  • Fundacja Inicjatyw Tworczych i Spoleczno – Edukacyjnych Kurdybanek from Krakow, Poland (website:  www.kurdybanek.com)
  • Union- National Council for Gender Equality from Skopje, North Macedonia (website: http://www.sozm.org.mk)

 

PRIORITIES

In accordance with Erasmus+ programme, this partnership has addresses three main priorities in non-formal education:

  • ADULT EDUCATION: Extending and developing the competences of educators and other personnel
    who support adult learners
  • HORIZONTAL: Social inclusion
  • HORIZONTAL: Supporting educators

ACTIVITIES & RESULTS

  • 5 international Learning, Teaching, Training Activities (LTT workshops) for educators, people with disability and assistants
  • 3 Transnational project meetings (TPM) for project managers
  • 5 public performances given in front of live audience
  • 5 live streams published online (livestream of 5 public performances)
  • 5 public debates about the labour market status of people with disabiltiy and those who work with them
  • 60 mobilities, with equality formula “20-20-20” (people with disability – assistants – educators) – focused on raising their Key Competences, “soft-skills”, empowering and motivating participants for the labour market
  • free web platform (E+ Toolbox repository with examples of good practices),
  • 5 E+ Manuals (publications for educators)
  • 5 E+ educational videos

OFFICIAL ERASMUS+ PROJECT’S WEBPAGE: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2019-1-HR01-KA204-060833

LOGO OF THE PARTNERSHIP

author: Ivan Hromatko

LOCATIONS OF PARTNER ORGANISATIONS AND OF PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES


ARCHIVE & CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF PROJECT’S RESULTS


28.-29 JANUARY 2020: THE FIRST MEETING OF PROJECT MANAGERS (Zagreb, Croatia)


The Trešnjevka Cultural Centre hosted the first meeting of partner organisations.

The meeting was held at the premises of CeKaTe and was attended by a project manager from all partner organisations.

During these two days, the partners agreed on the details of the decision making, agreed on the rights and responsibilities, and planned most of the future activities.

They agreed that the project would start with an educational workshop in Croatia, continue in Slovenia, Portugal and Poland in 2020, and end in Skopje in 2021.

Each workshop will end with a public appearance by a mixed group of people with disabilities, assistants and educators – thus giving partners a positive message to the public about their employability.

Photos from the meeting can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/yb15AbDGMR7RJ5bE9


17. – 21 February 2020: THE FIRST WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE “INVISIBLE ABILITY – EXPADED” (Zagreb, Hrvatska)


The first educational workshop of this partnership was held at the Partnership Coordinator, at the Trešnjevka Cultural Centre. A mixed group of people with disabilities, assistants and educators from Lisbon, Škofja Loka, Krakow, and Skopje worked together during a five-day workshop. Guided through the process of a dramatic-action model of inquiry, participants actively explored what are the negative actions that embody the social state of stigmatisation and prejudice we want to overcome, and what are the positive actions that embody or lead to mutual inclusion.

The workshop ended with a public appearance on 2/21/2020. at 6pm, in the Great Hall of the Trešnjevka Cultural Centre, where the participants became performers who showed the public the potential and importance of inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and the labour market. The public appearance was recorded and broadcast live via our YouTube channel, allowing us to disseminate our positive message beyond the confines of the Great Hall. The performance was seen by 15 people in the audience and 70 people via online video livestream.

Photos are available here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/T5pGbLMP6cyLkA6H9

The recording of the performance is available here:

…as is the eVideo overview of the workshop experience leading to the live performance:

Other project activities and outputs are in progress…

 

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