Fairyland is for Everyone

Nominated 2021

Country: Hungary

Region: Implemented nationwide

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Awareness raising, Youth welfare, Art

Project owner: Labrisz Leszbikus Egyesület - Labrisz Lesbian Association

Responsible person: Rédai Dorottya

Website: Weblink

Challenge

Due to intolerance increasingly driven by social division, hate speech, and the marginalisation of ethnic and sexual minorities in Hungary, it is important to educate children through tolerance, solidarity, and diversity. In addition, it is vital to offer them models of humane, non-violent behaviour.

Idea

We published a fairy tale book that addresses social and human rights issues for children. It can also support parents and teachers to help children understand discrimination, injustice, exclusion, and violence.

Actors

The target groups are children between 6-12 years old, parents, teachers, and NGOs. Parents can work with their children individually on sensitive social issues by reading and discussing the stories. We designed lesson plans for teachers and facilitators which offer pedagogical support to work with the stories.

Impact

We brought important social and pedagogical issues into public discourse; our work inspired individuals and public figures to speak out on these issues. The book has become an important social and cultural artefact, as well as a symbol of protest against oppressive, stigmatising, and exclusionary political discourses.

Transfer

We are negotiating with international publishers interested in publishing the book in different languages. We expect editions translated into English, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, and Czech to be published within a year. We will pursue more international publications and continue to connect with organizations interested in using the book in their pedagogical programmes.