The first two workshops as part of the project “Tinkering and Making for Human Rights – improving cultural participation of children with disabilities” are dealing with the access to communication and the right to participate in a cultural life.
Herzegovina Museum Trebinje will organisation a workshop “Pigeon post office Trebinje“ on 29 November 2019 in the Pigeon post office building. The workshop is envisioned to present a traditional and for today’s standards, unusual way of communication. The origins of “pigeon post” are believed to date back to the Persian Empire and then Ancient Greece when pigeons were widely used to carry short messages. In our part of the world, use of pigeons as mail carriers, starts with the Austro-Hungarian rule and goes back to 1878. The Austro-Hungarians decided to train pigeons for military use, so they built a pigeon post office in the old town in Trebinje. According to some military documents and town plans that date back to that period, the pigeon post office was built before 1890 at the location where it stands today. Near the pigeon post office is a building that was previously used as military barracks and nowadays belongs to the Museum of Herzegovina, and was built more than a decade later, in 1904.The pigeon post office is the only one such reconstructed post office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The workshop aims to present the old methods of communication, primarily use of pigeons as mail carriers, but also for participants to make a postcard or write a letter to someone or send a short message. The participants will learn about the way, that not so long ago, people exchanged information. We envisioned sending a letter or a postcard to each participant thanking him or her for his or her participation in the workshop. This workshop also highlights one of the basic human rights and that is the right to communication and to prompt true information or news. The workshop will be inclusive, and pupils from special education class of Jovan Jovanović Zmaj elementary school department of defectology will take part in the workshop as well as pupils from 6th to 9th grade of the same elementary school. This workshop will be realized with the support of Olgica Rudakijević, defectologist and Simo Radić, museum pedagogue.
Zenica City Museum will organise a workshop “Museum accessibility – thinkering and making about Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. The workshop will take place on 03 December 2019. The objectives of the workshop are to develop awareness among the workshop participants about the right to receive and send information in accessible formats; about the right to equal and accessible participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport (for typical and children with disabilities); To educate participants what it means to receive and send information in accessible and custom formats (display of an interactive guide in sign language, enlarged print, use of pictograms or assisted (ATAAC) communication); to teach participants about Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; To develop within the participants the ability to understand the right to equal and custom access to information and content of culture, recreation, leisure and sports; develop the ability to understand the term “accessible formats”.
Stay tuned for photo report from the workshops!