Date: February 4, 2014

In January 2014, Keystone Moldova has organized a training in social drama, in partnership with the NGO "Interaction" from Tiraspol. The training aimed at creating a forum theatre performance (method of social theatre), which has as its theme stopping discrimination against children with disabilities in school.

20 volunteers of the M-League initiative group, active in Transnistria since 2011, attended the training. They were the ones, who have created the script and directed the performance, based on real cases, heard or experienced by volunteers. In the seven days of the training, they managed to stage a performance in Romanian and Russian languages. It will be shown in schools on both banks of the Nistru River in February-May 2014.

The newly created performance will contribute to inclusive education, because it promotes a tolerant and non-discriminatory attitude towards children with disabilities in the school environment. Apart from that, it will provide correct models of communication and approach towards people with disabilities.

The volunteers have appreciated the training, mentioning: "I had several interesting and active days. I managed to do things I never thought I was able to"; "I enjoyed the games and theatrical exercises. I will definitely include them in my professional activity"; "I spent the seven days in a playful mood. I particularly enjoyed the free and creative atmosphere within the group."

Conceived by Augusto Boal, the forum theater is a safe method of finding solutions to social problems such as violence, discrimination or drug use. The most important thing is that the public itself finds solutions, coming up on the stage and playing instead of the actors.

The social drama training was organized within the framework of the project "Prevention of stigma and discrimination against persons with disabilities in schools on both banks of the Nistru River".

The project is implemented with the assistance of the "Support to Confidence Building Measures" programme, funded by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme, which aims to contribute to the promotion of confidence between both banks of the Nistru River, through the involvement of local authorities, civil society, business community and other stakeholders interested in the economic and social development of local communities.

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