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Meet the Partners: World University Service

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

We are Tobias Schnitzler and Sabine Petrovits, both working at the World University Service (WUS) in Graz. WUS Austria is a politically independent, non-governmental organization committed to the promotion of the human right to education on the basis of academic freedom and university autonomy. We believe that the right to education includes not only the right to access and complete education but also the right to quality education. We therefore aim at increasing the quality of education and with performing, creative and social inclusion approaches. Within all our projects we focus on the empowerment of students, human-rights based approaches, critical thinking, and social inclusion.

Sabine has more than 15 years of work experience in teaching and managing German language classes in several institutions and worked in many educational and migration projects. She has lived abroad for four years (Portugal, The Netherlands and Australia) and worked in schools as well as in a speech technology company in project management. Tobias has more than 10 years of work experience in project management and as head of project management for the Youth Red Cross in Vienna, he developed and organized social projects in schools and trained a variety of teachers.

To sum up, we are highly interested to implement, for example, the Jeux Dramatiques approach. This was created in the 1930s as a method for applied theatre by the French Léon Chancerel and have been further developed by the Swiss educator Heidi Frei since the 1940s. Today, it is applied in varied pedagogic fields, such as kindergarten, primary school, social pedagogy, and special needs education. The Jeux Dramatiques are a liberal approach that lets players choose and develop their roles individually. Then they play these roles in a narration with the help of a moderating group leader. The mentioned Jeux Dramatiques approach shows characteristics of applied theatre and WUS Austria aims to contribute with the aid of literature research to describe the Jeux Dramatiques for one intellectual output.

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