Has been active since 2008 thanks to the commitment of a group of people united by the same ecological and cultural vision of life. By ecology, we mean a conscious and responsible lifestyle that integrates the development of civilization with the environment in a sustainable way. Our cultural vision firmly believes in a peaceful coexistence of all cultures, at the center of which there is human dignity. Human rights are the red thread that has united and guided the artistic, educational and training paths of the Association over the years, through which they have shaped humanitarian projects towards the peoples of Africa.
The Great Oak Association in Rovereto
Our IdentityWe feel part of that worldwide movement that fights for the recognition of all human rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which adhere the Foundation R.F. Kennedy, Emergency, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Amnesty International etc ... and we donate them all the proceeds of our theater activities.
Our MissionThrough our activities, we intend to give voice to the overlooked human rights and to work concretely to foster initiatives aimed at the weakest parts of the population, for their social redemption, also through Advocacy, in the area of human rights, international cooperation, generative welfare, subsidiarity, solidarity, sustainable development, growth and cultural enrichment of the new generations.
Some ActivitiesTHE THEATRE
The main theatrical performances: Butterflies in the (Concentration) Camp (video) and Children’s Home (video) tell the stroy of the pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his 200 children; The Roses of the Balkans (video) in memory of the violence suffered by women during the 1992-95 Balkan War; I Have a dream (video) a musical performance, in memory of the dreams of justice of so many oppressed peoples, with a cast entirely formed by the boys and girls of the Association, now also in English version (video).
TRAINING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
In the 2015 started the collaboration with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Afterwards, was organized a human rights training course in collaboration with the Education Service of the Municipality of Rovereto. The course, organized in three sessions, addressed the teachers of primary and secondary schools of first degree in order to inspire them in realizing concrete projects that involve their students in human rights issues. In september 2017 some teachers received from RFK the mandate to be ambassadors of the global educational project “Speak Truth to Power”.
PROJECT for AFRICA
The current exodus of refugees to Europe has led us to reflect on what Europe have to do for them. After repeated confrontations with the operators of international cooperation and in-depth reflections, we think the answer is: to teach Africans to walk on their own legs, to be autonomous. During 2016 and 2017 the members have done various volunteer experiences in Africa (Kenya, Zambia, Etiopia). Recently, a training program for agricultural development has been started at the outskirts of Nairobi in partnership with Koinonia Community Kenya, focusing on cultivating moring and spreading it. In the mean time in Italy, in the last two years, we worked on networking with the localities involved in international cooperation, organized conferences on Africa and photographic exhibitions as a form of advocacy.
BRUSSELS: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 8th DECEMBER 2016
On December 8, 2016 John Mpaliza, after having traveled 1300 km with his march for peace, crossed the doors of the European Parliament in Brussels, together with a large group of human right advocates, including representative of our Association, Democratic Republic of Congo project coordinator. This was part of her speech.
“Good morning, my name is Nicoletta Corradi and I speak on behalf of the Great Oak Association, based in Rovereto, Italy and which operates in the field of human rights. We try to give voice, through exhibitions and shows, to those who have no voice. Today, on this special day, we would like to give voice to the many voices of helpless children, eyes taken away from their mothers, broken hearts, innocent victims... (...) You are called to trace the extraction of cobalt, so that a truly ‘Conflict free’ product is placed on the market. Thank you.”
FUTURE PROJECTS IN MALTA
Because of the relocation of some members to Malta, it was decided to establish there a new Association, twin of the Italian one.
The Great Oak Malta Association will collaborate with public and private Schools to realize theatrical educational projects on human rights;
it also intends to build a completely self-sufficient eco village, respecting the Maltese architecture.