By presenting different social stigmas within the familiar narratives of popular fairy tales, we raise awareness of the stigma in question and educate children, parents, and grandparents on how to “destigmatize” it.

TwistedEdu is an educational project whose overall goal is to contribute to non-formal and informal adult learning with a creative and cultural component to help younger generations in improving their creativity and empathy for vulnerable groups. By developing tools that foster innovative approaches to participation and intercultural dialogue in local languages, this project aims at contributing to the development of digital competencies and skills of adults while also promoting social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

Four well-known fairy tales will be reinterpreted and rewritten, localized, and digitized as part of the project, which will serve as a tool to stimulate creativity, especially among children, but also parents and grandparents, as well as a deeper understanding of a particular theme of stigma. The stories will be available in five different languages: Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin and English

Based on well-known fairy tales, the project will produce an educational toolkit for parents and grandparents to teach children important social values and creative skills through play, storytelling, drawing, sound-making, and animation. The Twisted Tales Educational Toolkit, which will be available in digital version for use at home (or in the classroom), will consist of:

  • four audiobooks (audio tales) in five languages (Croatian, Montenegrin, Slovenian, Serbian, and English)
  • a mobile app
  • a “Twisted Tales” tutorial package for parents and grandparents
  • an online exhibit of content generated by children with the help of their parents or grandparents

This project, which will last until 27 February 2024, is built on a high-quality cross-sectoral partnership, a consortium made up of organizations with expertise in audiovisual education, digital production, intergenerational cooperation, and in promoting social inclusion, namely the Institute for Transmedia Design (Slovenia, lead partner), Shadow Casters (Croatia), Grupa Hajde Da (Serbia), FLUX (Montenegro), RIS Rakičan (Slovenia), and ZDUS (Slovenia).

The idea for the TwistedEdu project was born as an extension of Twisted Tales, a broader, long-running project. Find out more.

TwistedEdu is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.