Citizenship and citizens rights development throught history

Course on this subject started at 12:28, that means just on time and nobody was late. Bojan the trainer started the introduction and in short, simple sentences explained us what are we going to do.

He said that we will be doing a silent theatre play on a certain topic from history of a human rights. He reminded us that is not allowed to speak and use words. Also in that short (2 to 5 minutes) plays we had to put an accent to the situation of people, rights, duties and responsibilities that people had at that time.

We were split into 4 groups based on the first four numbers of Turkish language (1-Bir, 2-Iki, 3-Uc, 4-Dort). Participants were sitting in a circle and  count themselves one by one. So we got four groups with different members. The topics were: 1. Ancient Greece, 2. Middle ages (Feudalism), 3. French revolution and 4. Modern times (Today).

We were working,practicing and thinking in a private separate spaces. We’ve got 30 minutes to create and practice our silent plays. So, the first group had Middle ages. They had a king with his soldiers and food. He was deciding who will get food and how much based on their status. Slaves were crawling for food. Class differences were big problem, religion controlled the society. Bojan mentioned Magna carta liberatum from 1215. – document or some kind of a contract between King John of England and a group of rebel barons.  Also to protect and limit feudal payments.

Second group were Modern times. They showed us a small group of young population in everyday situations and two different marriages – heterosexual a homosexual couple. The goal is in accepting and normal life without any prejudice, forbiddens, and second thoughts. We’ve learned about Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. as a important document of United Nations for every nation on Earth.

Third group got the French revolution. They had the Louis XVI and his wife Maria Antoinette sitting on a throne and the poor obedient, hungry and angry class of society were begging for food. They declined  their needs, but the peasants rebelled and fought for their rights and they got their abolition of the French monarchy and establishment  of a secular and democratic republic.

Fourth group were Ancient Greece. They had a greek parliament. Two wisemens or gods were sitting on a front and they ruled. In the first line were aristocrats, philosophers, politicians were sitting and making  decisions. In the last lines were villagers, prostitutes, uneducated people who were sitting and the guards were defending their entrance on the first lines. They didn’t  belong there. But that was a good example of making first parliament and that whole idea of government.

When all groups finished we had a final and fruitful discussion about the citizenship and citizens rights development throughout history and mention some other important historical moments that influenced their development into what they are today.

         – Ante, Croatia


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