Preventing discrimination, promoting social cohesion and respect for diversity among adolescents are key objectives of school curricula. The high school “Petar I Petrovic Njegos” in Danilovgrad (Montenegro), decided to approach these contents through the performing arts. Shut up or raise the voice against injustice is the plot of a play written by Bojana Solaja, a 15-year-old student, and directed by psychology professor Anđela Novakovic and literature professor Miroslav Minić, member of the ACM circle of Montenegro, in collaboration with the NGO EgoKult. In just one year, the Project has resulted in a reference play in the main theatre circuits of the region, with a staging in which more than 50 students participate.
“About silence and other imitations of happiness” [O cutanju i drugim imitacijama srece] speaks of precisely silence, or being silent in the face of injustice is not the key to happiness, but a mere imitation of it.
The objective of the theater play is to raise awareness of the importance of individual and collective responsibility towards minority groups, on the importance of reducing prejudices, of increasing the participation of young people, emphasizing the role of community volunteering, of strengthening the levels of tolerance and learning from diversity through different ways of functioning and solving problems, especially linked to minority groups; orphanage, refugees, Roma and the most disadvantaged classes.
This piece, which started as a multidisciplinary school project, has already been represented in numerous festivals in Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, the most recent, the Ub Repassage fest, which brings together the best theaters of the former Yugoslavia. On December 9, the play was performed on the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights at the Royal Theater of Cetinje, and was supported by the European Delegation for Human Rights in Montenegro.