Prevention of stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities in schools on both banks of Nistru River

Sector: Social

Implemented by: Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association in partnership with Interaction NGO, Tiraspol

Duration: November 2013 – November 2014

Budget: 25,652 €

Short description: 20 persons (14 girls and 4 boys) followed an 8-day training and became actors of Social Theatre – a new participatory method used to solve social problems. The young actors (volunteers) played 2 social theatre performances (in Romanian and Russian) in 10 schools from the security zone, including in those renovated by the SCBM project and encouraged schoolchildren to be more tolerant towards persons with disabilities and stop discrimination;

  • The social theatre performances were attended for the first time by 524 pupils and 43 teachers (from the total number of persons, 60% were girls and 40% – boys). Pupils and teachers proposed solutions to stop discrimination and played their solutions on the stage. During social theatre performances 400 flyers were distributed, explaining what disability is, and how  to communicate better with people with disabilities;
  • A joint round table was organized where the social theatre results were presented, but also best practices and lessons learned. The teachers had the opportunity to exchange experience in the field of inclusive education. According to the teachers’ remarks, after the performances pupils from schools became more tolerant, less aggressive, and more careful to the needs of their colleagues with disabilities or special educational needs. At the same time, teachers have noticed their own mistakes towards persons with disabilities and decided to change their behaviour;
  • 53 volunteers/social theatre actors from both banks of Nistru River have exchanged experience, jointly identified positive and negative aspects of their performances, provided recommendations, shared views, participated in a join training in Chisinau, visited the National Ethnographic Museum and a classic theatre performance, thus contributing to confidence building;
  • Regardless of their language, nationality, political beliefs, the youth of both banks of Nistru River used the same language – Social Theatre and understood each other. Besides that, volunteers have jointly helped the youth to build a better, more tolerant society.