LiteracyAct - Basic literacy, transversal skills and competences for adult migrants through Community Theatre

In the 50s UNESCO would define illiteracy simply as the lack of reading/writing skills. Through the last decades, though, this concept has been analysed in more complex, deep and broad ways. Nowadays the meaning of illiteracy relates to not being able to decipher the world around us, to communicate by all media available, to make sense of the world and the way we interact within it. Beyond language illiteracy or computer illiteracy, we face social and cultural illiteracy, as the lack of the basic skills a person needs to act effectively within our society.

Thereafter  our project’s main objective is to develop language literacy, cultural exchange and the building of cross-community groups, through cultural participation.

It is actually cultural and artistic fruition that leads to universal citizenship, connecting people across their cultural backgrounds.

This project will be centred on theatre and developed along two main streams:

  • spectatorship, drafting a shared analysis and review of performances.

Theatre, as  the cultural expression of a community, allows new citizens a deeper  sharing of the symbolic universe of the host country.

  • social theatre workshops using methodologies from the relevant european traditions

Teaching through theatre will involve mixed groups of migrants and native subjects, and it will focus on studying foreign drama plays/literary texts in order to create performances that re-read and renovate  original texts in the perspective of the migration process and the consequent integration/clash of cultures; in this way new citizens become the active builders of a multicultural, mixed-up community.

Theatre work offers to such communities the opportunity to become more self-conscious and aware of their own social reality, as well as improving self-expression abilities, language skills, social integration.

Specific objectives:

  • to improve foreign people’s skills in language, communication, artistic expression, ICT
  • to improve foreign people’s cultural literacy and cultural exchange through theatrical fruition
  • to build up cross-community groups through theatre workshops and a common work of theatre review involving both migrant and native people, in order to promote the idea of culture as universal citizenship
  • to value migrant’s own cultural background through studying and performing in a renovated perspective their drama literature
  • to enhance general attention and sensitiveness on the cultural integration/clash related to migration, through live productions, digital communication, critical review of performances
  • to facilitate the exchange of good practices among european organisations involved in social/educational projects related to migrants
  • to create evaluation tools on the impact of such activities  as teaching methodologies and  on their change potential in disadvantaged social groups situations

Weitere Informationen über das Projekt und Teilnahmemöglichkeiten gibt es bei
Claudio Cassetti
cassetti@soziallabel.de