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Spokenword poetry – just a way of entertaiment or a strong mean for personal education and development?

Education Studio aims to build a bridge between the two! In april 2018 we gathered 24 youthworkers from all over Europe on this very challenging topic. We went through a training course that focused on developing a specific methodology for using spokenword/slam poetry in workshops for youth. 

Here you have some of our tips and tricks that we recommend to be taken into account when organizing a spokenword – based learning experience. 

Tip #1 Give enough attention on building the group

        Poetry, as any form of art, focuses on the craftsmanship of own`s strengths and vulnerabilities. But vulnerability is a tough job!

Therefore, before starting with any creative exercises, make sure:

  • your group feels safe enough to explore and share their inner discoveries,
  • you don`t use encouragements or punishments for the content of the discoveries, as there aren`t good or bad emotions, but just…emotions. And they can charmingly be used in the following poems.
  • use exercises that enable the connection among the people, both at a verbal and non-verbal level.

Suggested activities:

  • free movement around the space with elements of: eye – contact, short verbal sentences/lyrics, progressive body contact
  • mirroring dance and basic contact improvisation elements
  • Big talk sharing sessions. We all hate and need small talk in the same time. But we can make big talk also!

Here is the Big Talk website where you can find examples of topics that can facilitate the way to meaningful conversations

Stay tuned for the next tips and tricks!

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This article is part of „conVERSations” project.

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We believe that poetry means more than lines written in a book!
Spokenword poetry is a great way of sharing stories and giving the energy back to the words!

The Education Studio team is getting prepared for hosting educators from all over Europe: Portugal, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, Poland in a training course based on spokenword poetry.

Within this project, we aim to make a bridge between an innovative form of entertaining and nonformal education. In this way, spokenword poetry can be used by professionals in education as a method to work with teens and youth from the local community.

Watch here an impressive performance that touches the sensitive issue of the digital life.

This training is part of a larger project, called ”conVERSations: Slam Poetry for Inclusion”.The project is funded through Erasmus+ project of European Commission.
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Education Studio organizes an international training course where 22 youthworkers from 7 countries will experiment spokenword poetry as a practical method to support young people in their development.

The training will take place at Măguri-Răcătău in April 2018

If you have never heard about slam poetry, here it is a complex playlist you can surf through:

This training is part of a larger project, called ”conVERSations: Slam Poetry for Inclusion”.The project is funded through Erasmus+ project of European Commission.
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Initiatives for Social Change project finished. It was an EVS (European Voluntary Service) mobility for 4 international volunteers: Lara, Marleen, Anais and Karin.

Maybe you want to ve an EVS volunteer and are searching for a project. Or maybe you want to be a project manager and write and implement an EVS project. If you want to discover more about Initiative for Social Change, check out out manual.

And if you’re interested on coordinating EVS volunteers, we have some tips for you! Just check out our brochure.

We wish you a enriching experience!

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În perioada 25 Iunie – 2 Iulie, Education Studio a organizat un schimb de tineri internațional: Integration is TeamWork. 24 de adolescenți și 6 lideri de tineret din 6 țari diferite s-au întalnit la Cluj-Napoca pentru ca să discute despre subiectul minorităților.

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Țările implicate în proiect sunt: România, Turcia, Spania, Italia, Letonia și Olanda. Pe parcursul schimbului tinerii au impărtașit informații despre situația minorităților din țara lor, au discutat de similarități și diferențe, au avut un dialog cu invitați care au prezentat cum lucrează cu diferite minorități din Cluj-Napoca și au început să găsească soluții de îmbunătățire pe care pot ei să le implementeze, atât la nivel național, cât și internațional. Pe lângă acestea, tinerii au creat ei înșiși o comunitate internațională unită, în care s-au conectat cu persoane cu situații socio-culturale diferite.

Pe 30 iunie tinerii au realizat reprezentații pentru ridicarea gradului de conștinetizare despre subiectul minorităților. Reprezentațiile au avut loc in diverse spații publice din Cluj-Napoca.

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In the week 25 June – 2 July Education Studio organized Integration is TeamWork youth exchange. 24 teenagers and 6 youth leaders from 6 different conuntries gathered in Cluj-Napoca to discuss the topic of minorities.

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The countries involved in the project are: Romania, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Latvia and the Netherlands. During the working week, the youngsters shared how the situation of minorities is in their homecountries, discussed about similarities and differences, listened to guestspeakers presenting the minorities’ situation in Romania and started thinking about solutions or improvements that they could take part in, both on national and international level. And most of all: they themselves created an international community in which they connected with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

On 30 June, the young people organzied small performances in the city of Cluj-Napoca, to raise awarness abou the topic of minorities.

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Sambata, 10 iunie, am organizat in Faget o experienta multisenzoriala pentru tinerii din Cluj-Napoca. Acestia au participat activ ca personaje principale in povestea creata de echipa noastra, avand putere in a decide sensul si epilogul acesteia.

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Duminică, pe 25 iunie, 24 de tineri și 6 lucrători de tineret vor veni în Cluj-Napoca ca să participe la schimbul de tineri internațional ”Integration is TeamWork”.

Scopul proiectului este creșterea nivelului de conștinetizare asupra situației minorităților și încurajarea construirii unei comunități solidare.

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