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Creative Drama as a Refugee Integration Tool

Creative Drama is a well-known and useful method for social inclusion and refugee integration. Drama technics provides a humanistic and anti-discriminative learning atmosphere. 

Drama tools can be used to the inclusion of the disadvantaged and excluded groups and being open to the differences, different backgrounds, different cultures. By using drama tools we can also improve empathy, breaking the barriers and stereotypes, intercultural learning and team building.

Creative drama is an improvisational, non-exhibitional, process-oriented form of drama, where participants are guided by a leader to imagine, enact, and reflect on experiences real and imagined. The creative drama takes children’s natural world, creative play, and develops it further, using theatre techniques, to create learning experiences which are for the participants. Drama specialist, Brian Way states in Development Through Drama, “Theatre is largely concerned with communication between actors and an audience; Drama is largely concerned with experience by the participants.” Creative drama is a very effective tool to include a disadvantaged groups because it is a discipline in which the sense of respect and empathy between individuals are developed and the principles of ethics, equality, and respect for differences are exercised. Furthermore, the integration of the disadvantaged group with the other group and the development of social, physical, emotional, language skills of the disadvantaged children are the one of the basic aims of creative drama. Self-confidence development, healthy communication and trust within the group, and the development of individual self-expression skills can be easily supported by creative drama.

Creative Drama is a well-known and useful method for social inclusion and refugee integration. Drama technics provides a humanistic and anti-discriminative learning atmosphere. Drama tools can be used to the inclusion of the disadvantaged and excluded groups and being open to the differences, different backgrounds, different cultures. By using drama tools we can also improve empathy, breaking the barriers and stereotypes, intercultural learning and team building.

Especially for the refugee groups, we can use drama tools to make them integrated into the host community and building friendships and mutual understanding atmosphere. Drama games, role plays, knowing each other activities, trust games, and team building activities are very deep activities to break the barriers between groups. Drama is focused on universal human rights and respect principles.

Refugees face the challenges of starvation, abduction, violence and obtaining admission into a protected country. A refugee is an individual who is fleeing his country to escape persecution based on race, religion, nationality or membership of a certain group or political opinion. A refugee’s challenges do not end once he is admitted into another country. He must adopt the local customs and language of the sheltering country. Due to their history of persecution, many refugees are uncomfortable dealing with legal paperwork in a foreign country, especially if it is in a language that they cannot understand. Many refugees also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after escaping from conditions of oppression and persecution.

One of the most important problems for the refugees is access to education. Even they have access to school they face many problems like cultural and language barriers, stereotypes, academic skill level differences, and others. Integration of the refugees must be supported by effective integration methods.

  • Teachers have experience with the use of creative drama method in educational processes,
  • Learning creative drama techniques and games,
  • The use of creative drama by refugee pupils and to know integration process
  • Knowing the characteristics of refugee students and know how to prepare creative drama activities according to these characteristics,
  • The ability to build games, dramatic stories, and creative drama workshops according to what teachers want to achieve,
  • To know the risky drama actions with refugees,
  • The use of drama as a tool for social inclusion
  • Yes, we organize local transportation, hotel, food, cultural visit, and social activities. Please contact us about the details and the offers. We prefer to offer organization fee and the options when your project is granted by Erasmus Plus due to the fact that the cost is changing from date to date and the locations.

Yes, we do. Utopia has working fields like art, play, pedagogy, and other alternative methods. If your idea fits our vision and our resources we can propose you a tailor-made programme according to your needs. We create groups with minimum  6 participants. If you have 6 participants or more we can organize a course for you on the dates and location you prefer.

  • Berlin GERMANY
  • Antalya and İstanbul TURKEY
  • Barcelona SPAIN
  • London UK

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