MAP Teatre reaches 650 pupils at 17 schools in Mallorca, Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera

Mar 20, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Minister Miquel Company visited CEIP S’Albufera de Alcúdia today to attend one of the sessions of this programme to promote the learning and promotion of the performing arts among schoolchildren.
The councillor for European Funds, University and Culture, Miquel Company, today visited CEIP S’Albufera in Alcúdia to attend one of the sessions of MAP Teatre for primary school children, the educational programme to promote the learning and fostering of the performing arts among pupils at schools on the Balearic Islands through the Directorate General of Culture and the Directorate General of Early Childhood, Innovation and the Educational Community.

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Company and the Director-General of Culture, Catalina Solivellas, heard the students’ impressions of an initiative that has already been implemented during school hours. “It is very satisfying to see how, by using theatre as a tool for creative expression, they activate their imagination and improve their critical and language skills,” said the minister. Solivellas, for his part, recalled that “the aim of this initiative was to help students to work as a team, manage emotions, analyse classical texts and also to give them the opportunity to create”.

This is the third year that the Department of European Funds, University and Culture and the Department of Education and Vocational Training have developed the programme and the second that it has also been offered for primary school students since MAP Teatre (“Motiva’t, acciona’t i projecta’t”) began in the 2019-2020 academic year for secondary school students. This year, a total of 650 students from 17 schools in Mallorca, Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera and 19 performing arts specialists are taking part in this expanded initiative (285 students in the previous academic year), which was created to support the methods and strategies of the teaching-learning process.

The objectives of MAP Teatre are to strengthen educational skills, to be a tool at the service of other curricular subjects that accompany the entire schooling process, to work on the comprehensive education of students and allow dramatic expression to occupy the place it deserves in education.

This year three centres of Formentera are part of MAP Teatre for the first time, which began with training sessions for teachers of all registered schools with the title “The theatre applied to education”, culminating with a certification to teachers by the Directorate General of Early Childhood, Innovation and Educational Community. Taught by actor and theatre educator Pere J. Mascaró, the workshops provided resources and tools to improve emotional education and raise awareness of the value of cooperation, solidarity and mutual respect.

Once the training sessions were over, the second part of the “Acciona’t” project got underway, in which the assigned specialists have already begun to work with the students. As a novelty this year, the primary school groups, under the guidance of the teacher and the performing arts specialist, will work on a performance framed in the social and emotional context they have chosen: fear, happiness, equality, diversity as wealth, love and empathy, among others. On the other hand, secondary and high school students have to make a short film based on a classic or contemporary text from world literature.

MAP Teatre will culminate with a performance in primary school and the screening of the short film in secondary school or high school in the classroom or at the school.