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ERIC Number: EJ778267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Finding Children's Voices: A Pilot Project Using Performance to Discuss Attitudes to Education among Primary School Children in Two Eritrean Villages
Plastow, Jane
Research in Drama Education, v12 n3 p345-354 Nov 2007
This article deals with a British Academy funded pilot project carried out in December 2005 and January 2006 involving six primary schools in Eritrea. The project was led by the author, Jane Plastow, a Theatre for Development academic and practitioner, and John Holmes, an educationalist. Both partners work at Leeds University and have involvement with Eritrea dating back to soon after its independence in 1991. We worked with five Eritrean colleagues; three from the Asmara Teacher Training Institute, which is responsible for training all primary school teachers, and two from the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Yakim Tesfai and Mesmer Andu. Building on previous work that had identified a lack of child-centred teaching strategies and of creative arts work in the Eritrean education system, the project aimed to run, in parallel, training sessions in child-centred pedagogies for teachers and theatre projects for Year Five (top grade) children where they would explore their attitudes to school and present their work theatrically to teachers and the community. The project worked with two Eritrean language groups; Tigrinya and Bilen. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Eritrea