The project “R.U.IN“ includes the realisation, following, researsch and improvement of already existing programmes of TIE – Theatre in Education, which have as a goal the prevention and suppression of bullying in schools. Project coordinators: Nyitott Kör Egyesület -Open Circle Association, Hungary. Partners in project are: Sigma Art ( Romania), TheatreETC (Cyprus) and Centre for Drama in Education and Art - CEDEUM (Serbia). The project lasts for 20 months.
In the first phase of the project, colleagues from Hungary developed the TIE perfromance “Nerd“, colleagues from Romania – “A long way downhill“, colleagues from Cyprus - “Remove the power“, and CEDEUM developed their project “Togetherness“ with a performance “Backpack“ in a coproduction and realisation of Hleb Theatre from Belgrade. The performance “Backpack“ is about bullying, peer, physical violence and it is intended for children from the fifth to the eighth grade of elementary school.
The first phase of the project included realisations of the 20 performance-workshops in elementary schools (in Belgrade – Elementary school “Vuk Karadžić“ and “Ljuba Nenadović“, from the fifth to the eighth grade) during 2016/17 school year, and included a research of the effect of the TIE and workshops in suppression of bullying or peer violence.
The second phase of the project, which is realised during the 2017/18 school year includes the work on a new form of TIE developed under the influence of exchanging the knowledge and methodology during the training meeting in Cypres. The new methodology is tested during the 15 new TIE performances in schools. The effect of this new methodology is being researched and compared with the first results. It is decided that the new cycle will be focused exclusively on the cyberbullying as a theme. It would consolidate all the research, so as an applications for a mobile phone, or, like it was.
A PDF with the results of the research will be published as an outcome, and an application software is developed as a tool to be used during the workshops on cyberbullying. Hleb Teatar has developed the workshop performance musical “Words of Stone” about cyber bulling, for ages 13-16. It was performed in elementary and high schools all over Belgrade.
“Togetherness” has started, as a pilot project, in June, 2016. With the participation of artists from Hleb Theatre and ApsArt organized by CEDEUM. In the continuation of the project we focused on the same schools and classes, also adding new schools, but the workshops-performances lasted longer and included an interaction of the pupils themselves. Round tables, and discussions were also organized.
The project had been presented with the performance “Backpack” at the 17th Bitef Polyphony 2016, also in organization of the project “Lotrek” by Bazaart in December 2016, and within The Conference of Bazaart in May 2017, at The Children Cultural Centre of Belgrade. In November 2017 as pert as the Mater Terra Festival the Symposium PUSH was organized with the theme “Innovative Drama Methods in the Prevention of Bullying”. During the Symposium, the performance “Words of Stone” and also the performance “Nerd” from our colleagues from Hungary, and the application that is developed as a tool. On the Round table many experts discussed the issue of bullying.
Many of collaborators, artists, performers, explorers, teachers and drama pedagogues are involved in the project. Many of them are having multiple roles, too.
The intent is to, according to the received funds within the grants we’re applying at, to expand the project on high schools, and on the kindergartens, in a new form, and to involve as many children and young people in Belgrade and all over the Serbia as possible.
The Ministry of Education knows about this project, and they gave support for its realization. Support isn’t material.
The project covers the basic costs of the organization and the costs of research, but not the costs for performing at schools, nor the following workshops. It is expected that these costs will be covered by local resources, by Ministries, and by schools.