2010. 10. 28.
In her keynote speech Kinga Gál emphasized that the future of Europe and its young people would be helped by the appliance of drama in education.
Kinga Gál described how the appliance of drama in education has proved to be significantly effective in the following areas: education on active citizenship, promoting cross-cultural discussions, gender sensitization and the development of creativity, improving the understanding of human rights, an increase in the recognition of the family as the basic unit of society, and the strengthening of tolerance and the acceptance of other peoples, minorities and cultures.
Mrs Gál said that it would be important to disseminate the results of the project among the competent committees of European Parliament (CULT, LIBE, EMPL) and the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, as well as at the Member State level. In addition, she emphasized the importance of presenting the research to children, teachers and parents.
The main purpose of the project was to demonstrate, with cross-cultural quantitative and qualitative research, that educational theatre and drama is a powerful tool that improves Lisbon Key Competences.
The next steps will be to publish a Policy Paper and disseminate it among educational and cultural stakeholders at the European, national, and local levels worldwide and to create a publication for schools, educators and arts practitioners about the different practices in educational theatre and drama.
The initiative and the leader of this two-year project was the KÁVA Cultural Group who led the cross-cultural research study which investigated the effects of educational theatre and drama on five of the eight Lisbon Key Competences. Non-governmental organisations, universities and cultural centres from twelve countries participated in the research (Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom).