programme on causes and aftermath of warfare, 2000-2003
With the support of the European Commission, we developed a project titled ”War is not child’s play” that dealt with the immediate and long-term effects of war and violence from a child’s viewpoint and encouraged alternative non-violent methods of dealing with conflicts.
The project consisted of three modular learning elements that were closely linked to each other. In the centre of all activities stood the exhibition “I Painted the War”,a collection of children’s drawings from crisis and war zones throughout the world, in which children depicted how they experienced war, flight and persecution. The drawings originate from Francoise and Alfred Brauner’s exceptional collection, which includes approximately 2000 drawings from all over the world. In 1993 the CulturCooperation started to present parts of this collection as an Exhibition. Following the overwhelming response from the public and the media, it has since been shown in more than 150 towns in Germany and abroad.
The exhibition that - during the three-year project - was shown in all participating cities, served to draw the attention of the media and the public towards this theme. An extensive number of cultural and political events (lectures, readings, film sessions, podium discussions, etc.) in which various aspects of the theme were taken up, background information was provided and opportunity for action was conveyed accompanied the exhibition.
The third focal element was the child and youth program that offered individual school and extracurricular activities suitable for specific age groups, and which was intended to give the children and youths access to possibilities of action. To reach a large amount of young people offers like readings, youth theatre productions and workshops have been realized in close cooperation with schools.
The exhibition and accompanying programme was carried out in cooperation with local NGOs as a countrywide cooperation project in 10 cities in Lower Saxony, North-Rhine-Westfalia and Berlin-Brandenburg.
The evaluation of the project can be found here :
War is not childs play - evaluation.pdf