Youth through education in the fight against human trafficking in Nis
11. january 2023.
A team of 7 young people, gathered in the Center for Girls almost a year ago, performed 21 educational theaters in 2022 as part of the project "Protecting Youth in Nis from the Human Trafficking", in ten high schools and one elementary school in Nis. Six hundred and nine young people attended the theaters and had the opportunity to actively participate.
The schools that were part of this story are: School of Law and Business, First Nis High School “Stevan Sremac”, High School “Bora Stankovic”, School of Fashion and Beauty, High School “May 9th", Hospitality and Tourism School, Trade School, ETS ,”Mija Stanimirovic", School of Economics, Traffic Technical School, ”February 12th" and Primary School "Tzar Constantine".
After the scenes, young people in the audience could ask the characters about what they saw, what they didn't understand, while the characters gave information through their answers about what human trafficking is, how to recognize it and protect oneself.
At the end, they could write what they’ve learned through this theater or what they changed their minds about. Here are some interesting answers:
I changed my mind about:
- Interpersonal relations, from now on I will be careful who I trust and until now I did not give much importance to human trafficking.
- Trafficking in people and information we encounter.
- I learned a lot about human trafficking. Until now, I didn't know it was such a serious topic.
I will be more interested now.
- That human trafficking is more common than we think.
- That you should always check ads in full.
- I will be more careful because I was not aware until now that I could have gone through that and of course I will do my best to prevent or help anyone.
- To recognize human trafficking.
- I learned a lot about human trafficking today that I didn't pay attention to before.
- That we should not have boundless trust in a guy or a girl, that we should be careful with whom we are in a relationship.
- Who can I contact if this happens and how can I make sure it doesn't happen.
In front of their peers, educational plays were performed by: Mina Zikic, Jana Tosic, Nina Miletic, Lena Krasic, Mila Djordjevic, Nikola Pavlovic and Stefan Bogicevic. The educational theater was recorded and you can watch some parts of it on our social networks (Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok).
For the teaching staff in these secondary schools, one interactive lecture was held, led by Tatjana Nikolic. Through 10 lectures, 125 professors, psychologists and pedagogues saw short video clips created during this project, which represent parts of the theater that their students saw live. Also, Tatjana spoke with the teaching staff about what human trafficking is, how to recognize it and protect themselves and their students. Through the discussion during the lecture, some of them expressed their desire to continue cooperation on this topic.
Media conference on the occasion of the end of the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking"
28. december 2022.
The Center for Girls held a media conference in the Media and Reform Center, on the occasion of the successful completion of the project "Protect Youth in Nis from Human Trafficking", supported by the US Embassy.
Two high school students, Mina and Nina, who were part of the team that performed educational theaters about human trafficking in Nis high schools, shared their impressions. They talked about how much it meant to them and what they got through participating in the project. Three short clips showing part of the activity are shown. The project coordinator, Marija Virijevic, spoke about the results, success and importance of the activity.
Nina said that the most beautiful thing she would single out is "certain questions that the children from the audience asked and then you actually realize that they wouldn't have asked you something like that if they didn't want to hear you and weren't eager to learn something new", and Mina said that she thinks it is important that children in schools "received information in an interesting way, through acting, because that way they will remember more than through a regular lecture".
Six more interactive lectures for teaching collectives in high schools in Nis
26. december 2022.
As part of the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking", six interactive lectures were held for the teaching staff at the Traffic Technical School, 12. February", Fashion and Beauty School, Gymnasium, 9. May", Bora Stanković Gymnasium, First Niš Gymnasium, Stevan Sremac Hospitality and Tourism School, where a team of 7 young people performed educational plays in front of their peers. Through this project, students received information on how to recognize and protect themselves from human trafficking by watching an educational theater, while their professors received this information through this interactive lecture, in order to recognize potential cases of trafficking among students.
The project is supported by the US Embassy in Belgrade.
Interactive lectures for teaching collectives in high schools in Nis
23. december 2022.
As part of the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking", four interactive lectures were held for the teaching staff in Economics, Law and Business, ETŠ Mija Stanimirović and Trade School, in which a team of 7 young people performed educational theaters in front of their peers. Through this project, students received information on how to recognize and protect themselves from human trafficking by watching an educational theater, while their professors received this information through this interactive lecture, in order to recognize potential cases of trafficking among students.
The project is supported by the US Embassy in Belgrade.
Young people talk about the problem of human trafficking through educational theaters
13. december 2022.
The team of young activists of the Center for Girls performed eight educational theaters in the period from October 26 to December 9 in high schools and one elementary school: elementary school Car Konstantin, School of fashion and beauty, Gymnasium "9 May", ETS "Mija Stanimirovic", Law-Business and Trade School. The theater was performed by: Nikola P., Mina Z., Lena K., Nina M., Stefan B., Mila Dj. and Jana T. The theaters were performed as part of the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking", supported by the US Embassy.
Photos: Emilija M. I.
Hanging Out at American Corner
9. december 2022.
Activists of the Center for Girls, together with a team of 7 young people who perform educational theater in schools in Niš, several other activists and a fellow citizen, watched the screening of the film "It's not my concern...it concerns ALL of us". The film talks about violence, about (non)reaction and (non)reporting by people when they see violence happening.
The screening of the film was followed by a discussion and exchange of impressions.
This event was organized by the Center for Girls in cooperation with the American Corner in Nis.
Photos: Marija V.
Recognize Human Trafficking, Inform and Protect Yourself
16. november 2022.
An educational theater was filmed, from which short videos were made showing scenes that young people in secondary schools could see. These videos will be shown in secondary schools during interactive lectures for female professors. You can see these teasers on our social networks by clicking on the following links:
Video and editing: Boban Rajkovic
Birthday celebration of the youngest activists of the Center for Girls
30. october 2022.
Part of our youngest team (Mina, Mila, Nikola and Stefan) celebrated their birthdays at the Center for Girls.
Educational theater Birthday surprise. Recvording.
#CebnterforGirls #team #peereducators
Photographed by: Tatjana Nikolic
Continuatuion of the performing of educational theater on human trafficking
24. october 2022.
A team of seven young high school students from June 7 to October 19, performed thirteen educational theaters in nine high schools in Nis.
On that occasion, the male and female students who attended the theater had the opportunity to watch the scenes, and then ask the characters questions. In this way, they learned what human trafficking is, what are its forms and methods of recruitment, who can be a trafficker, and who can be a victim. They learned how to recognize human trafficking, how to protect themselves, how to check all information before traveling abroad and who to contact if they suspect human trafficking.
The theaters were performed as part of the project "Protect The Youth in Niš From Human Trafficking", supported by the US Embassy in Belgrade.
Photographed by: Emilija M.
Gathering after summer
14. september 2022.
After the break, we started the working atmosphere with a meeting with the activists of the Center for Girls. Together, we planned future activities on the occasion of the upcoming month of the fight against human trafficking and the continuation of the education of high school girls and boys about the prevention of human trafficking through educational theaters. The youth team also rehearsed the theater performance in September.
Photos were made by: Marija Virijevic
We continue with educational theater rehearsals in August
10. august 2022.
Although most of them rest in August, our youth team works hard and rehearses the scenes from the educational theater that they will perform in the fall.
Photos were made by: Marija Virijevic
Rehearsing educational theater over the summer
20. july 2022.
In order to stay "in shape" until autumn, when they will start performing in theaters again, Jana, Mila, Mina, Nina, Nikola, Lena and Stefan practiced the theater performance during July, worked on their characters and answers in order to better inform young people in front of whom they will play.
Photos were made by: Marija Virijevic
Educational theaters in secondary schools in Nis
24. june 2022.
One hundred and seventy young people from secondary schools in Niš increased their knowledge about the prevention of human trafficking through five educational forum theaters.
Theaters for peers were performed by Mila, Nina, Stefan, Mina, Aleksa, Lena and Jana, who underwent training on human trafficking and educational forum theater, held within the project "Protecting young people in Niš from human trafficking", which is supported by the US Embassy.
Educational theaters were held in 4 secondary schools (twice in the "Stevan Sremac" High School and one each in the "Law and Business School", "Economic School" and "School of Fashion and Beauty"). After watching the scenes, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions to the theater characters. Many good questions were asked, many new things were learned, and students left comments about what they learned and whether they changed their minds about something.
Some of the comments of the students who attended the theater performance:
First of all, I learned tol inform myself about where and with whom I am going, especially if it is about leaving my own country.
I've learned who to call when that happens.
I learned that human trafficking is no joke and that you should be careful.
I learned that there is a phone number of Astra, that I can call if I am in any similar danger.
I changed my mind about relationships.
I changed my mind about social media and people.
I changed my mind about people, especially those who are capable of doing something like human trafficking.
I changed my mind about everything on the internet - exchange, work, etc.
Photographed by: Emilija M.I.
Training on educational theaters
4. may 2022.
Six high school girls and three high school boys from Niš underwent educational theater training as part of the project "Protecting Youth in Niš from Human Trafficking", supported by the US Embassy in Serbia.
From April 29 to May 1, 2022, in Vrnjačka Banja, they had the opportunity to learn about what educational theater is, how and why it is performed and how it can be used for the purpose of education about human trafficking. They learned how to create characters and scenes, how to answer questions from the audience so that they could transfer the knowledge about human trafficking that they had previously acquired in human trafficking training, and how to develop and improve their acting and educating skills.
In a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, with good fellowship and dedicated work, they gained a lot of knowledge and skills, strengthened their friendships, connected and shared experience.
Training on human trafficking within the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking"
6. april 2022.
Ten students from Nis high schools participated in the training on human trafficking, which was held in Vrnjačka Banja from April 1 to April 3.
During the training, young people acquired the necessary knowledge about the problem of human trafficking, its forms, trends, and protection. All this will help them in designing the characters they will play in the educational forum theater, trough which they will bring the problem of human trafficking closer to their peers.
The training on human trafficking was implemented as part of the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking" supported by the American Embassy in Belgrade.
The team of young people who will educate young people in secondary schools in Niš is selected
3. march 2022.
From the 33 registered high school students, after an interview with them, 10 young people were selected who will undergo training on human trafficking and educational theater, after which they will introduce the topic of human trafficking to their peers through performing 20 forum theaters.
These activities will be implemented within the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking", which was supported by the American Embassy in Belgrade.
Competition for high school students for peer educators on the topic of human trafficking prevention
1. february 2022.
Center for Girls continues to educate about the problem of human trafficking in Niš for the first time with the support of the US Embassy
26. january 2022.
Center for Girls continues to educate about the problem of human trafficking in Niš. For the first time, young men were included in the education process.
In a 12 month period, 10 young people from high schools in Niš will undergo training on human trafficking and forum theater, after which they will introduce the topic of human trafficking to their peers through the performance of 20 forum theaters.
We would like to thank the American Embassy in Belgrade for supporting us through the project "Protecting youth in Nis from human trafficking."