Democracy and human rights are values that shape the self-image of the European Union. However, they cannot be taken for granted!

The project “Democracy & Puppetry” enables young Europeans between the ages of 13 and 16 to deal creatively with the topics of democracy and human rights and their significance for freedom and equality. For this purpose, they learn about the thematic background in school lessons and explore their personal environment in the further course of the project. The insights gained will be presented in short puppet theater performances, which they perform in public buildings in front of their families, peer group, politicians and other interested parties. The artistic methods of puppet theater help to express controversial issues, to get to the heart of what is difficult to say, and to put such topics into a new context.

The methods for this work with the young people will be taught to the participating teachers and artists by polis– The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools and will be developed together with the participants. For this purpose, a workshop lasting several days will be held in Vienna with representatives of all participating partners from four countries. The project will take place simultaneously in Budapest, Belgrade, Ravne na Koroskem and Vienna. Students from various social backgrounds will be reached because of the broad mix of participating schools. This contributes to the universal applicability of the acquired methods. The teaching methods developed within the project will be made available free of charge for further use after the end of the project. They are passed on via the networks of all participants and thus find a wide distribution. The goals of the project are, on the one hand, to promote understanding of the importance of democracy and human rights for the preservation of peace and solidarity in the European Union, and on the other hand, to develop methods of teaching democracy and human rights for teachers, youth workers, artists and interested parties throughout Europe.

Project Lead: Puppet Theatre LILARUM, Vienna, Austria

Project Partners in Austria

New Secondary School Hainburger Straße

polis – The Austrian Center for Citizenship Education in Schools

Project Partners in Slovenia

Zadruga Zraven

Srednja šola Ravne

Project Partners in Serbia

Little Theatre „Dusko Radovic“

Osnovna škola „Ilija Bircanin“

Project Partners Hungary

Interplay Hungary

Keleti István Elementary School for Art

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