Acceptance is the key is an international youth exchange, written by three girls from Trbovlje and an EVS volunteer. The girls were thinking about different questions: What is bullying? Is stating your opinion also bullying? Can someone be offended by that? Where is the line between expressing yourself and being insulting? When discussing the later they figured that they have a lot in common. They all wanted to define bullying and self-expression and research how different countries perceive different types of bullying. That was their common problem and ground for writing this project. They wanted to address those questions through creative methods of informal learning based on what they know best: theatre, sculpture and video.
Partners in the project were The Yellow House from Liverpool, Teaterskolen Kastali’a from Denmark and JUC Druskininkai from Lithuania.
Each partner prepared a presentation of bullying in their country using different methods. Lithuanian team prepared a workshop of »problem and solution tree« on the problem of »how to prevent bullying«. In the next few days of the exchange a sculpture workshop, theatre workshop, a video workshop were carried out by the participants using different methods that differ from country to country. They participated on a street theatre workshop in Ljubljana carried out by KUD LJUD society and a theater of the oppressed methods workshop. All those methods helped the participants to step out of their comfort zone and to create a bond between them.
They made three results on the exchange. The first one is a video on bullying. Shooting of the scenes was on different locations in MCT and nearby; actors were the participants, the employees of MCT and their friends. They wrote the script and also directed the video. In the video we showed different types of bullying: at work, among friends, domestic bullying. We also created a theatre performance on bullying, showing bullying at work, at home and among friends based on stutter and social difficulties. We made a sculpture »Let me grow«, showing a negative environment that bullies and oppresses a young person, but even though a good, beautiful person can grow in an environment like that. The sculpture is made of different paper, glue, plaster, cardboard, silicone and paints.
The participants stated that they had a strong experience, the exchange made them stronger; they knew who they can rely on, how to talk about and face their problems. At the same time they learned new theater methods, new methods of expressing and all in all they became stronger personalities. They believe that the exchange also had an impact on the local environment, because they shared the results locally, in schools and participated to a more open discussion about bullying.
The results of the exchange are:
1. A video about bullying:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKYdyz-s_oc&t=37s
2. A theatre performance:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6QdrL6g5cE&t=529s
3. An instalation on bullying: