Empatheatre. Activate empathy through play.

Empatheatre. Activate empathy through play.

Czech RepublicCzech Republic
Project Stage:
Idea
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Empatheatre. Activate empathy through play. Use a simple model to encourage children to Watch & Feel, Think & Imagine, Do & Play, Share & Learn.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The lack of opportunities and possibilities of children/pupils to realise that there are several sides, stages, levels, layers of any action, play, situation, interaction, communication. The lack of opportunities of children/teachers/parents to practice, express, show, share, learn empathy, and through the play find out and tackle possible unspoken problems. The lack of awareness that anyone can join, affect, make a change. The wrong perceptions of equality of certain roles. The common single view and self-focused empathy. The lack of time and accessible tools at schools and families to work on the above mentioned daily, to include it in their lives.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Use a simple tool, a model of “Empatheatre” in classes to: • activate empathy through play. • help children to realise that life situations are like a theatre. (There is audience, imagi(nation) on the curtain, action on the stage, hidden backstage that affects the action on the stage and represents the past of characters, various unknown conditions, different experience. • raise awareness of several sides, stages, levels, layers of actions, plays, situations, interactions, communication. • realise roles, abilities, possibilities of involved people to contribute, influence, solve any action. • realise the stage is open, anyone can join, contribute, make a change in the play. • motivate children/teachers/parents to practice, express, show, share, learn empathy through various situations/issues. • experience and see oneself in the mirror
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The model of Empatheatre can be a permanent “equipment” of every class, used for explaining various issues in school subjects, and for showing everyday life situations, communication models, conflict solutions to children. Teachers can use it as a bridge towards open, honest communication and relations with pupils by playing with them on the same equal stage. EXAMPLE 1: Using in history classes, to explain events deeply, from different perspectives, to learn not to judge the image or action only, but to try to understand the reasons and consequences. In maths, to see the practical usage of knowledge. In literature, to uncover deeper hidden meaning of texts, metaphors. In general, visually show the importance of practicing and learning (behind the stage) for the actual action on the stage. EXAMPLE 2: When teachers notice unspoken conflict or hidden problems among the children, they can introduce a play, invite pupils to join, and to find out the core and background. They can encourage pupils to express honestly, motivate them to perceive the backstage and its influence. They can raise their awareness of importance of all involved people and roles, motivate them not to be passive audience, but active, fair, emphatic players.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

This tool is easy to be hand-made, and very accessible, understandable, intuitive, and no knowledge or specific skills are necessary for using it. Simple guidelines and basic measurements will be available online for free. The promotion will run aside of the commercial market, mostly online, or with help of NGOs and schools. It is therefore the product does not really have competitors.
About You
About You
First Name

Marcela

Last Name

Dibelkova

About Your Organization
Organization Name
Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
Your role in Education

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

How long has your organization been operating?

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Empatheatre. Activate empathy through play. Use a simple model to encourage children to Watch&Feel, Think&Imagine, Do&Play, Share&Learn

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Empatheatre.Easily hand-made,suitable for any subject and situation,for teachers in class,parents at home,children.Shows perspectives.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

None so far, it is in the idea phase.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

After spreading the idea and tool across schools and leisure centres, I hope it will have not measurable, but deep and long-lasting impact on all people who experience the Empatheatre. Thanks to its simplicity and accessibility, I believe it could become a common part of equipment of classes, groups and families, and a common way of perceiving, thinking, feeling and acting.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The only barrier would be the lack of time and means to develop the idea, finalise the tool, prepare accurate methodology, spread and promote it properly and intensively. However, I will do my best, and will try to agree with a partner organisation (Centre for Civic Education, Institute for Environmental Education, Fair Trade Centre, Leisure centres, etc.) to take it under their wings and include it among their activities.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Finalise the tool, create guidelines, prepare methodology, start promotion, find partner organisation, spread the idea and tool.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Start following the action plan step by step.

Task 2

Find a way, how this activity could become partly my occupation.

Task 3

Devote maximum possible time.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Go internationally. Make a commercial product, several types & forms (model,picture,cards,book). Create workshops & performances

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Work closely with or in an organisation/company.

Task 2

Another person responsible for the commercial part.

Task 3

Team of people giving workshops and performances.

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

Everyone can create it, have it, use it, share it, enjoy it. Its potential deep meaning and enjoyment at the same time is big. Its potential for natural spreading both at schools and homes, minds and hearts is, I believe, huge.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

I will contact organisations and companies that I know that are active in the field of education, leisure activities. (Centre for Civic Education, Institute for Environmental Education, Fair Trade Centre, Leisure centres, etc.)

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

I will do the most, and I also hope to get some help partly the staff from the above mentioned organisations and companies, partly from volunteers.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list