The British Bus and Us

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The “British Bus” made its first stop this year in the remote village of Dsegh, in the Lori region of Armenia. The red double-decker bus rolled in to town carrying a young theater troupe which performed a series of fun and educational short plays at a local primary school. The plays engage and educate kids on important social topics such as protecting the environment, traffic rules, personal hygiene, and consumer protection.

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Each performance includes musical numbers, a sing-along, and, in the end of each performance, posters of the Bus, book marks, rulers and other souvenirs for audience members.

The “British Bus”, supported by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) through its “Open-door” program, was an innovative idea from the “Theater for changes” NGO.

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Skits entitled “Let’s keep the environment clean” and “How to protect your customers’ rights” captured the attention of the kids, teachers and parents in attendance at the school, the only primary school in Dsegh.

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For these rural children, the actor dressed as a big orange bin on the stage was a bit of a mystery at first. But after the performance, their response to the question “do you know how to use these bins?” the resounding answer was “Yes!” But the troupe was not satisfied with just that, and put theory in to practice by bringing audience members onstage to tidy up a bit.

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On food safety, the troupe had a message for parents: learn to protect your and your children’s rights. If your child gobbles up ice-cream, but in 5-10 minutes is sick, what could be going on? Didn’t you read the label first? You forgot about the expiration date!

On stage, two sportsmen – Expiration Date and Time – duke it out… A struggle! Beatings! A real war on the stage! In the end, Almighty Time inevitably wins and your delicious ice-cream is nothing but rubbish.

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With EPF’s support, additional performances are coming up in rural communities throughout Armenia. In the end, more than 1500 school-aged children will take this fun and educational ride.
Make way! The British Bus may be rolling in to YOUR community next…

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