“Problem-busters – a European dimension in the fight for human rights. Dealing with problems through drama and intercultural co-operation”.

1. Summary.

The „Problem-busters project” takes up a subject of human rights and creative ways of solving problems. The students (14-18 years old) will start from interview some youth and adults in each participated countries  about happiness and problems to find out the differences in their approach to above-mentioned. Thanks to this survey we will discover:

–     what is a source of happiness for Europeans,

–     what causes troubles,

–     do they know their rights,

–     do they use them,

–     are their rights broken.

Results will be compared with all partners and next used during the work by formed international thematic groups: music, drama, movie, ecology, journalists, photographers and teachers. We aim to create ways of solving problems, increase  students’ motivation and make learning more attractive. We also want to strengthen intercultural education and its contribution to social integration and links between school education and  civil society using some innovative pedagogical methods such as drama. We would like to prepare base of educational materials devoted to human rights including examples of active methods. Another aim of the “Problem-busters” project is participants’ awareness of European dimension in the fight for human rights. We want to achieve this aim through international voting for the most interesting presentation devoted to European human rights fighters.

To realize and monitor the activities and to disseminate their results we would like to use some tools such as an e-journal, the Internet, web portals and communicators.

The students will be actively involved in  all international meetings. They will participate in drama workshops and special games. The partnership involves youngsters of varied cultural, geographical, social and intellectual backgrounds.  Communication and evaluation will promote active foreign language skills in which English is not the native language.

Final products will be: CD –ROM of collective works (films, presentations, clips), e-journal (all students’ materials: results of polls, pictures, articles; banks of pedagogical materials for teachers devoted to using active methods).

Thanks to this project the participants  will be able to have some impact on their community in a positive way disseminating their awareness about human rights, sharing experience and materials devoted to active and innovative pedagogical methods and strategies. We deeply believe that this project will increase their motivation and social integration.

2. Rationale (motivation for this project and why this project is needed).

Project „Problem-busters” is an answer to increasing students’ lack of motivation to learn and participate in social and cultural life. Diversity and attractiveness of the activities based on drama, intercultural education and international co-operation will motivate students to search for solving problems and will engage them in school and community life. We believe that conscious young citizens will be much more integrated with the society and therefore will have more influence on European matters. They will understand that all European citizens create together The European Union.

Thanks to co-operation with youngsters from partner countries the students will find out examples of good practice in solving problems, share their experience, and prepare  ways of management of difficult situations such as: school failures, lack of tolerance and freedom of thoughts, exclusion etc. Very important aspect  of the project is preparing pedagogical materials (drama activities, projects’ proposals etc.) devoted to human rights and creative  dealing with problems.

Teachers’ and parents’ experience show that project like this is needed and invaluable.

Approx. date Description
1. 10/2010 Meeting in Estonia:

–  presentation of schools

– planning work (meetings,  mobilities, tasks):

a)  preparing common poll to conduct

b) Drama workshops and creative practice organised for students

c) international thematic groups will be  formed

d)  proformas (bulletin)  ready for the regular reporting process

e) setting rules of choosing the best logo and voting system for presentation devoted to human rights fighters

2. 10/2010 Preparing the common web-site .

International thematic groups will be  formed.

3. 11/2010 Poll „What is your source of Happiness?” will be conducted  in partners’ countries. Results will be compared,   sent to all partners and published on the Internet and showed to local communities during school events.
4. 11/2010 The best logos will be published on the Internet.
5. 12/2010 The logo of our project will be chosen.
6. 12/2010


Preparing presentations, clips, articles, plays, posters by students involved in international thematic groups (web-site will document progress).

Preparing materials devoted to active methods such as Drama by teachers’ group.

7. 02/2011 Voting for the best presentations – participants will be involved.

Results of voting will be published.

8. 03/2010 Meeting in Poland:

–         Participating in Drama workshops for teachers „Ways of using Drama method to improve the Lisbon Key Competences” by lecturer from University of Gdańsk.

–         Taking part in survival game.

–         Participation in workshops devoted to ecology in Fokarium (place for seals) in Hel.

–         Visit to Gdansk

–         Presentation the best materials (products).

–         Taking part in Drama Festival.

–         Evaluation co-operation by thematic groups (preparing common questionnaire to conduct at schools).

–         Evaluation the first year of partnership.

9. 04-06/2011 Presentation all materials during school events such as Open Day, parents’ and teachers’ meetings.
10. 04/2011 Preparing materials by students such as: posters, photos, articles, interviews, presentations (web-site  will document progress).
11. 05-06/2011 Dissemination results of project during Comenius Festivals, local conferences, reports for local authorities, articles for local newspapers.
12. 10/2011 Meeting in France:

–         preparing common poll to conduct.

–         participating in workshops for teachers devoted to civil education and innovative methods.

–         taking part in workshops and creative practice devoted to civil rights organised for students.

13. 10-11/2011 International thematic groups will start next lap. School thematic groups will be formed.
14. 11/2011 Poll „What does citizenship mean to you?” will be conducted  in partners’ countries.

Results will be compared,   sent to all partners and published on the Internet.

15. 12/2011-03/2012 Preparing presentations, clips, articles, plays, posters by students involved in international thematic groups. Preparing materials devoted to active methods such as Drama by teachers group.  Web-site  will document progress.
16. 02/2012 Voting for the best presentations – participants will be involved.

Results of voting will be published.

17. 03/2012 Publishing students’ reflections on the web-site.
18. 03/2012 Meeting in Bulgary:

–         The best materials  will be presented during international meeting.

–         Students will participate in Drama Festival.

–         Dance workshops.

–         Preparing the form of evaluation.

19. 04/2012 Thematic group will evaluate its co-operation.
20. 05/2012 Meeting in Norway:

–         Teachers will take part in the international meeting.

–         Preparing the “Edu-Pack” – materials devoted to teaching subject of human rights and using attractive methods such as drama by teachers.

–         Evaluation co-operation.

21. 05-06/2012 Pupil/teacher reaction gauged (by questionnaire).
22. 05-06/2012 End-products produced (portfolio of written evaluations; ”EDU-PACK”; photo album; completed e-journal.)  Final report written and disseminated.
23. 06/2012 Participating pupils report to peers through school events.

Participating teachers report to colleagues/ local teachers’ associates and discuss possible uses of project outcomes through teachers’ meetings.

Results will be showed to local communities and authorities during conferences, festivals, parents’ meetings.