Breaking Stereotypes and Empowering Choices: SECOVE’s “Theatre of the Oppressed” Workshop in Cagliari

In a bid to revolutionize vocational education and training (VET) and promote inclusivity in career paths, the SECOVE project recently organized a transformative “Theatre of the Oppressed” workshop in Cagliari. The event, held on January 15, 2024, marked a significant stride towards fostering innovation and breaking down stereotypes in the sustainable and renewable energy sector.

With a resolute focus on dismantling societal biases and prejudices that often dictate educational choices, particularly among young women, the workshop offered a dynamic platform for self-reflection and collective action. Using the innovative Theatre of the Oppressed methodology (TDO), participants engaged in a series of interactive exercises and theatrical techniques aimed at unveiling hidden societal conflicts and encouraging proactive problem-solving.

Originating in Brazil in the 1960s, Theatre of the Oppressed has emerged as a potent tool for social transformation globally. Through a blend of games, exercises, and role-playing, the workshop challenged conventional narratives surrounding educational and career trajectories, paving the way for empowered decision-making.

Central to the workshop’s success was its emphasis on collective engagement. Audience members were not mere spectators but active participants, stepping onto the stage to explore and address the societal pressures shaping their choices. By fostering a collaborative atmosphere, the workshop fostered a sense of ownership and agency among participants, enabling them to envision alternative pathways free from societal constraints.

Through techniques like image theatre and forum theatre, participants creatively articulated the challenges they face in making educational and career decisions. From familial expectations to institutional norms, the workshop delved into the multifaceted influences shaping individual trajectories. Importantly, it sparked a dialogue on how to transcend these limitations and ensure the freedom to choose and be.

As the SECOVE project continues to unfold, events like the “Theatre of the Oppressed” workshop serve as poignant reminders of the transformative power of education. By challenging stereotypes and fostering inclusivity, SECOVE is not only shaping the future of vocational training but also laying the groundwork for a more equitable and sustainable society.

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