The methodology originates from the United States. It was put to use in the 1950-s where there was very little materials to teach the children about ethnic diversity with. Every doll has its own profile, personality and story which are based on children’s experience. The use of dolls through their stories develop children’s empathy and they are encouraged to react and stand for themselves whenever they witness injustice or prejudice attitudes. The methodology is one of a kind – the dolls can be designed and themes can be planned subject to the needs of the particular group.
The methodology is used an applied in 9 countries around Europe through Erasmus 2015-2018 project “Every Child is Special”. The objectives of the project are to:
anticipate bullying and school violence
develop and enhance children’s social skills
increase tolerance by raising children’s awareness of our differences
involve children with special needs
improvement and development of the methodology through practical experience
For more information about the activities of partners around Europe visit the Parners subpages here: