On February 27 – March 2, 2017, we held Cultural Workshop at high school in Bratislava.
The final EFS event in Slovakia took place at the end of February 2017 at a high school in Bratislava and its main aim was to raise the interest of students with regard to the topics of prejudice, stereotypes and the problem of building of barriers between different groups of people - between “us” and “them”. Moreover, it also aimed to promote the development of critical thinking and reasoning as well as to create space for advancing narrative exchange and individual leadership skills. The four-day long workshop, which also served as a pilot project for future action with the possibility of being replicated at other high schools across Slovakia, was led by EFS trainers Zuzana Szaboová and Barbora Bodnárová. It combined several goals: a) raising awareness and giving information to students about specific topics related to the development of prejudice and stereotypes and their effect on social cohesion and the political system of the state through interactive lectures and discussions with experts from the field; b) presentations of existing, mostly local and not widely known pro-social initiatives and experiences of engaged people in the field with the goal to raise awareness about activities of the non-governmental sector with special attention devoted to features that can inspire those who attend in their own civic engagement; c) development of leadership skills and reasoning/interaction skills using EFS methods of informal education, i.e. connecting civic education with youth cultures and using it to spread important messages in a way that is more fun and approachable for young people; d) using the unique opportunity to screen a documentary about the work with Roma children from poor families living in Roma settlements all over Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and to discuss this topic with the author of the initiative, Ida Kellarova, and some members of her group. The presentation and discussion about the film rounded up the four-day workshop. The workshop lasted four days and was divided into two phases. The key part – the screening of the documentary and performance by Ida Kellarova and her choir was open to all students of the high school. Beforehand, a three-day workshop for a selected group of approximately 20 students took place. They were motivated to not only educate themselves in the area of prejudices and stereotypes and how to prevent them, but they also had a chance to develop their own micro project. This way, they had the opportunity to try out their new knowledge and abilities directly in their own community, which will result in a multiplication effect. You can find photo gallery from South Cultural Workshop here: