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European Innovative Teaching Award

Dare to be different - creative drama in education

School: Primary School "Olga Milosevic"

Topic(s) addressed

The creative drama was used as a tool to deal with the burning issue of the fight for a more sustainable, more tolerant and more inclusive world.

Target groups

  • 20 teachers of the partner primary schools 
  • 400 students aged 7 to 14


  • Drama as a pedagogical tool allows for a multidisciplinary approach incorporating syllabi of different subjects e.g. English, maths, science and other. 
  • A creative drama work resulted in raising the level of intercultural and environmental awareness, acceptance and tolerance. 
  • All students were actively involved in the playwriting and showed extraordinary motivation during the lessons. 
  • The eTwinning project and the usage of various web 2.0 tools contributed to valuable outcomes and learners' autonomy.


  • During the Covid 19 pandemic, the creative drama activities were shifted to Google classrooms using creative tools such as Pixton to create digital stages, props and lines. 
  • The play “Nature will say thank you” was partially created on the banks of the town river Jasenica unfortunately very polluted. The idea for the play was born there during a school trip. 
  • The schools themselves became ‘’stages” where educational escape rooms, treasure hunts, Chess boards, and other activities were carried out. 
  • Association of drama pedagogues, local authorities and national and international institutions supported the schools in this learning quest and in the dissemination of the project results.


  • Trained by experts in the pedagogical usage of creative drama in education, the teachers from the partner schools started thinking out of the box. 
  • Teaching and learning became an engaging process in which the students were shown the path of searching, asking, finding out, feeling, creating, understanding one another and learning by doing.  
  • The teachers also learned about themselves and about their students along this way. They became real partners in the learning process.


  • Through the creative process, the students could identify with the characters they played: a bullied person, an ancient mathematician, a chemical element or a fish dying in a polluted river. 
  • In the play “The Tokens of Friendship” the main role was played by a Romani girl who magnificently presented the feelings of many underprivileged groups of children. 
  • The main benefit was that the students themselves wrote all scripts expressing their true thoughts and feelings about the respective topics.
  • The method used enabled the students to share their skills and outcomes with a wider audience by performing the plays locally and internationally.
Dare to be different - creative drama in education - Serbia
Project category
  • Primary education
Project year
  • 2022



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