Sunday, January 13, 2013

Video: Modern Slavery

DRAMA (pantomime/video - January 2013)


The Human Rights Violation, we fear, most is Modern Slavery.

Like the African slaves in America, modern workers and job-seekers are most likely to be treated like tradable objects: work à la carte, no employment contracts, no salary, no insurance, trafficking and unemployment; perhaps even having to work to pay off bank loans.
Who will save us?


  1. A number of pupils stand to be the slaves, wearing scruffy clothes and having their hands tied with a rope.
  2. They are led by a slave trader, who is wearing a hat.
  3. Next to them there is a table where two gentlemen are seated, dress formally. They are the slave purchasers.
  4. The slave purchasers stand up and examine the slaves holding bags of money. They pay the slave trader.
  5. A crowd of people enter holding a poster with the word FREEDOM.

  • Slaves
  • Slave traderSlave purchasers
  • People

  • A rope
  • 2 posters (slave trade & freedom)
  • A desk with 2 chairs

Comenius Project: Human Rights in Europe
Work: DRAMA (Pantomime/video) for Comenius meeting in Valence France
in February 6th – February 12th, 2013
Participants – pupils of 3rd Upper Secondary school “Miltos Kountouras”

Abatzoglou Peter, class A
Sarantakis Dionysis, class A
Stavrianidis Vassilis, class B
Vallidis Nikitas, class B
Ioannidis Charis, class B
Kapsi Konstantina, class A
Slave trader
Kaloussis Vassilis, class B
Slave purchasers
Georgantopoulos Giorgos, class B
Vamvakidis Giannis, class A
Freedom girls
Stamati Popi, class B
Tsichrigi Vassiliki, class B
Mantaga Katerina, class A
Freedom boy
Kitsos Dimitris, class B
Narrator & co-operators
Qesko Zoe, class C
Michou Christina, clacc C
Louka Rafaela, class B
Mike Sarikos: scenario, script
Stavriana Soubassi: intro, comments, video recording
Katerina Fyssaki: Video editing

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Conference on Human Rights, December 10th, 2012

On December 10th our school has organized a conference for the 64th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with Paul Nimaruta, from Burundi, professor of anthropology, a representative of the CVM of Abruzzo ( a voluntary organization) and our teacher Andrea Di Gregorio.
Professor Nimaruta is a political refugee because he has said in his country all that he has told us. In Burundi only some tribes can enter university. Children want to go to school but they can’t.
The core of the conference was on human rights and justice; in fact human rights can’t exist without justice. Starting from ancient time ( 1400 ) we can state that the representation of the world on geographical charts is “ racist “: Mercatore’s map puts more emphasis on Europe and the USA than on Asia and Africa; conversely Peters’s map shows the world as it really is.
We need to recognize man and societies through human sciences in an epistemological way. According to the Linnean taxonomy we have:
  • Human species
  • State - Nation
  • Race
  • People – Ethnos
  • Tribes
  • Clan
  • Family
  • Individual
The only races that exist are those determined by geographical adaptation. To create single nationality we need multiculturalism, peace and respect for rights.
We must distinguish to unite: to distinguish without separating and unite without confusing.
Italy, as the other countries of the world, is becoming a melting pot, a complex phenomenon where everyone asks for his / her own rights, doing his / her own duties. Human rights are the basis of human dignity and the foundations of peace. We talk about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but not about the Declaration of Human and Universal Rights that subject all human beings to the same will to do good.
Africa is a “ gateau de tous “: rich of raw materials, it is an open pit and a lot of people and children are exploited in dangerous jobs by the local population and by multinationals, aerospace industries, technological communication systems companies and so on. Another important problem is that of “gas flaning” ( to burn gases in the open air ), that causes pollution and is a serious danger for health. But nobody seems to take care of this. The international public opinion depends on the Head of Sate’s will. A month ago, in Doma, there’s been an international meeting for environment, where the USA and Russia haven’t signed the protocols for its protection!!! As we live in a globalized world, so there should be globalization of justice, too!!
What can we do? As to begin in schools the concept of equality of races must be taught. Biologically there is no racial difference:
  • We're inter – fecund
  • The main blood groups are the same.
We must be equal in front of justice, too. To promote integration everyone must do all the best to favour the insertion of the newcomer. Cooperation between teachers and parents is of primary importance. The culture of peace is the respect of human rights; this conviction must rise from our hearts.