The main aim of the FARCE - In-Service Training Using Satire and Comedy to Promote Climate Change Awareness is to introduce the overall topic of comedy and performance, in particular satire, as an educational vehicle. The training represents a new approach in Continuing Professional Development for professionals and educators to support them in integrating the new FARCE approaches and transversal skills such as critical thinking about the topic of climate change education into their day-to-day working lives.
The modular FARCE resources are developed to build confidence in the cohort of adult and community educators, and they will be guided in techniques to give the learner ‘centre stage’. There is theoretical input to trace the history of comedy, satire and performance; as well as practical examples and lessons drawn from history. All partners have contributed to the development of the output, this output is led by CSI with DAH in support. Each partner has developed one of the following modules:
- Module 1-Climate change/crisis by Solution: Solidarité & Inclusion
- Module 2- Is there a theory of humour? by Center for Social Innovation
- Module 3- Comedy and Satire theory by Skills Elevation FHB
- Module 4-Stand-up comedy by Creative Exchange
- Module 5-Comedy performance by DAH Teatar
- Module 6 Creative/Satire Writing by The Rural Hub
- Module 7-Comics in education by Innoventum Oy
.There is an emphasis on ensuring that the theory of the FARCE approach is not lost and that this can be transferred directly into the project aims and objectives.
The FARCE in-service training comprises x21 hours of face-to-face learning supplemented by x14 hours of online self-directed learning. There was a FARCE skills workshop built into the programme and participants completed the training and were required to research, develop and present their own comedy resources. The cooperation with local stakeholders and partners in a working group has offered the chance to test and pre-pilot materials for sampling and validation before including them in the final FARCE training programme. The first version of the in-service training was presented at the LTTA in Cyprus in March where two educators from each partner country participated in a 3-day training and workshop event. A further four educators completed the training in each partner in a cascading model.
This result will be accomplished by the end of July 2022.