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Das Projekt

“Lifelong Learning Democracy” – der Projekttitel wurde in Anlehnung an den Namen des Programms gewählt, über das die Kooperation finanziert wurde, das Programm für lebenslanges Lernen der Europäischen Union. Wahrlich, Demokratie ist eine lebenslange Lernaufgabe – für alle. Worum geht es in diesem Projekt im Einzelnen? Was sind die Ziele? Was hat es mit einem transnationalen Treffen auf sich? Wer kann teilnehmen? Informationen dazu sind in dieser DARSTELLUNG zusammengetragen.

Informationen auf der Seite des FRIEDA-Frauenzentrums sind über diesen LINK verfügbar.

Spielend mitbestimmen: Die Aktivitäten der Berliner Lerngruppe

Die Berliner Teilnehmerinnen des Projekts kamen monatlich zusammen und lernten unter Anleitung einer Theaterpädagogin  das Theater der Unterdrückten kennen. Die Zusammenkünfte wurden schriftlich DOKUMENTIERT.

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Making Democracy (at) Work

Zum Abschluss des Projekts lud die Berliner Gruppe zu einem Theaterabend ein. Wir haben Forum-Theater mit Mutigen aus dem Publikum gespielt. Das war der Sketch, den die Projektteilnehmerinnen entwickelt haben: // The final meeting of the Berlin project group was held in the end of May 2015. We made Forum theatre with the audience. And that was the sketch of the actors.

We met each other monthly. Step by step we got to know different approaches of the theatre of the oppressed methods like statue theatre, newspaper and forum theatre. The exercises were linked with aspects of the project issue. We started sharing our different perceptions of democracy (statue and newspaper theatre), and focused then on the political structures in the partner countries and at EU level. We later moved to social conditions of democracy discussing what is necessary that citizens take part in society’s matters. Question raised what kind of social security system is alive in each partner’s country and how can people manage their life if they are unemployed. Should there be an unconditional basic income to ensure stability, welfare and people’s participation? This question was a strong matter of disourse!

Perceptions of democracy: Each participant wrote her associations on separate cards. We have then put the cards in the middle of the room. Everyone could make a range in order to find two common issues for the later work. The associations were freedom, space, freedom of opinion, participation in decision-making, opposition, and others. The two ‘areas of interest’ were 1. freedom / freedom of opinion, 2. community, participation in decision-making.

Based on these two sub-themes we developed two small scenes sponanously. The one about community showed problems around a fair distribution of tasks within a flatemate community.

Democracy within the EU was considered as a strong, but often invisible influence in citizen’s daily life. Example: The standardisation and ‘labelisation’ of food. We created a Forum theatre scene on that issue and showed it at the Prague transnational meeting in May 2014. We were astonished to get to know the others perception: Most of the partners wished to have a label (for example a „bio“ one) in which they can really trust.

In the beginning of each session we start with games and exercises to feel and ‘speak’ with our body and to get into the theatre work. A description of some of the exercises can be seen on „Theatre, Games and More“ of this blog.

In the last months we discussed social conditions of democracy and focused on power relations, ‘good governance’, fairness and participation in the field of work. Based on one learner’s experiences we are going to develop a sketch about the changing working conditions in her job after a new boss ‘took over’ the responsibility. It’s about bullying and solidarity, ‘coolness’ and sharing …

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