The Rainbow SpectActor

This Training course gathered 25 participants in Cyprus in November 2017, to work on conflict resolution using Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool. The training approached the quality and innovation of international projects from the inclusive practical perspective, with aim to inform youth workers, and motivate them to get involved in discussion and action.
The inspirational force of the Theatre of the Oppressed, August Boal, has termed the new type of spectator that comes out of the Forum process a "spect-actor", a new type of audience who is not passive but participates actively in the process by going on the stage.
"Rainbow" is related to the rainbow flag, an identification of the LGBTIQ movement worldwide. The scope of the colours is telling of the scope of sexuality and sexual preference, and how as a flag, it has been come a symbol of acceptance and social cohesion.

The main aim of the training was:
Raise awareness of 25 youth workers from 11 countries about social inclusion, develop a variety of non-formal skills, knowledge and attitudes regarding theoretical and practical frames for inclusion, and wider implementation in practical youth work.

The learning objectives of the training course were:
• Gaining more knowledge and developing new skills regarding discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes recognition
• Empathizing with the position of the oppressed, and her/his personal, social and professional development during different youth work activities;
• Promoting an anti-discrimination, inclusive speech and approach on every level, particularly on the basis of sensitive social groups identity, as the only acceptable method of communication and of resolving conflict;
• Developing skills on creating stories, theatre plays, workshops, and informational campaign for promoting tolerance, politically sensitive and no hate speech and action;
• Encouraging young people’s active participation in society, and especially to empower youth to take an active role in their communities in fighting discrimination;
• Gaining knowledge and developing new skills on Youthpass as a recognition tool for non-formal learning;
• Raising awareness of the key competences and develop different methods that can be used in practice within sensitive group activities;
• Offering the opportunity of meeting possible partner groups among EU and EECA countries.

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