Since February 2022, the Institut equalita has been running together with the Office for Culture and Media Projects gGmbH. In a two-year project, we would like to encourage young people in North Rhine-Westphalia to take part in the positive shaping of a common future as "Global Change Agents". During implementation, the focus is on direct exchange with young artists and activists from the Global South. The focal points of the project are implemented within the framework of workshops lasting several days, performances and joint activities. These are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - the 17 goals for sustainable development.
In addition to global justice, Kreativ Global focuses on SDG 13, climate protection measures, and SDG 5, gender equality. This gives young people a platform to get into the topics and the opportunity to actively contribute. The project enables a change of perspective, gives the Global South a platform for equal inclusion and brings complex global contexts to a tangible, everyday level.
In the KREATIV GLOBAL project, young people from North Rhine-Westphalia, in exchange with young artists and activists from countries in the Global South, deal with the global context with a focus on SDGs 13 (climate protection measures) and SDG 5 (gender equality). Both are subject areas that are of acute social and environmental relevance and are in turn correlated with the other SDGs. In joint approaches through artistic actions and mini-performances from the fields of theatre, music and dance, backgrounds and worldviews are addressed by the young people and questions about their own attitude in the field of tension between globalized youth culture and regional roots are pursued.
The project aims to create awareness of global justice among young people through intercultural dialogue and enable a change of perspective. Young people learn to put themselves in the position of others and to analyze complex global relationships and their own role.
Through the artistic reflection of complex issues, the groups from the Global South also reach people in our society who have had little contact with them up to now. We have often experienced that groups from the Global South, who in turn come from marginalized social backgrounds, can address young people in particular with reduced educational opportunities with their authentic form of "knowledge transfer" and motivate them in the sense of "Global Change Agents". to become active yourself. This encounter promotes social and intercultural competence and, above all, the ability to act.
In addition, the project not only opens up new ways of communicating global learning and the topics of sustainable development, but also offers young people access to art and culture. Schoolchildren in particular from socially disadvantaged life situations experience the possibilities offered by cultural forms of expression and try themselves out in an artistic sense. In this way, cultural education becomes participatory in a global context.
Target Groups and Activities
The primary target group are children and young people (between 12 and 19 years) from educational and cultural institutions. In North Rhine-Westphalia in particular, there is an existing diverse active network of schools and youth centres, adult education centers and one-world and cultural initiatives, which the project aims to strengthen and expand. From this circle, 10 partner organizations take part in the project and carry out the measures, especially annual workshops with the southern groups. These school and educational institutions have the opportunity to take part in 3-day performances and workshops by young artists from the Global South. The preparation takes place via a digital pool of methods, which contains selected materials and e-learning, as well as online meetings with the southern partners involved.
The joint project creates an awareness of the diversity of approaches in synergy between global learning and cultural education, which emphasizes the sustainability of the concept. Therefore, a second target group is the educational staff, teachers, heads of educational institutions, cultural workers, social workers and speakers as well as other stakeholders, who are reached through the annual training and network meeting and as multipliers: inside for intercultural learning methods and for education for sustainable development (BNE) can be gained.
A third target group are parents and families of those involved, as well as employees from schools and educational institutions. They are the audience of the performances as well as the listeners who learn about the content through the stories of the children and young people. These are inspired and motivated in their attitude and institutional ways towards a sustainable way of life and "whole institution approach".
The Partners from the Global South in 2022
TIEMPOS NUEVOS TEATRO Theater and Music, El Salvador
Tiempos Nuevos Teatro« (TNT) from El Salvador. is committed to women's rights, environmental protection, health and human rights. In the »Centro Cultural Jon Cortina«, TNT works artistically and creatively with the communities in the region and implements environmental projects. The consequences of climate change are also becoming increasingly noticeable in Central America. That's why TNT's involvement in this area will also have a say in stage production.
IYASA Dance Theatre, Zimbabwe
The INKULULEKO Yabatsha School of Arts (IYASA) from Zimbabwe is a multiple award-winning performing arts school for young people. IYASA has a talented and dedicated team of experienced and highly qualified artists in various disciplines. With workshops, training programs and performances, IYASA plays an essential role in the development and promotion of talent in the arts and culture.
M.U.K.A.-PROJECT Theater, South Africa
Hillbrow, a marginalized district in the center of Johannesburg, is densely populated and characterized by street crime: poverty, lack of prospects and violence against women are key issues in the everyday life of children and young people - as well as in the plays and workshops of the young actors from M.U.K.A- Project. Through theater work, they learn to express their worries and hopes creatively and to transform these feelings into something meaningful.
NABLUS CIRCUS SCHOOL Circus Theater, Palestine
In 2004, the organization "Assirk Assaghir" (The Little Circus) was founded, from which the "Nablus Circus School" developed in 2009: a place of freedom of expression, creativity and joy for children, young people and adults. Through circus and performing arts, the project aims to provide children and young people with a safe, educational space where they can explore their creativity and learn new skills.
The project is funded by: