ZIPOPO™ for Youth

ZIPoPo™ offers a methodology to create ‘platforms’ or ‘social spaces’ where young people examine of real-life issues by dramatizing ethical and moral dilemmas as well as conflicts experienced by young people.

The methodology should facilitate discussions about constructive problem-solving strategies that can be owned and applied by young people in their day-to-day lives. The advantage of the use , ZIPoPo™ Talk-Show elements is that they help to air or acknowledge conflicts as well as ethical/moral issues in a captivating and entertaining way, in order to then compile ethically-based approaches of conflict resolution together with the audience.

Through the creative methods of drama and discussion used by Fattakhov, people are encouraged to explore the attitudes, fears, and assumptions of what is right and wrong which are in grained in the belief-system, norms, and traditions in the community.

‘ZIPoPo™  not only clarifies the points of view of the participants, but raises up the unexpected hidden psychological layers beneath certain thoughts and attitudes.’

(Tribute from M. Shipilina, “Kazanskiye Vedomosti”, Russia).

Classroom Application for Youth and Teachers

  • Speech and Drama technique to teach English wholly, ie in a way whereby students are encourage to speak confidently, as well as learning vocabulary and proper grammar.
  • A teaching technique to generate active students’ participation to “think on your feet”, dialogue and express their thoughts in spoken English when the host(s) of the Show-Class (or facilitator) ask for their views and opinions on the issues emerging from the dramatic presentation of the situations being dramatized;
  • The approach should be designed at a powerful CCA (Co-Curricula Activity) bringing academic benefits to students.
  • It could also be designed as a powerful training techniques for developing English teachers and bringing excellence in teaching English.
  • Fun technique to teach Life-skill competencies such as courage, honesty, making moral choices, taking decisions, dealing with conflict and conflict resolution, relationships with friends etc..


Example of youth relevant issues that can be safely and practically addressed:

  • School, Study, University, Education, Knowledge, Computers
    • School bullies.
    • Students’ unrest: how to stand it.
    • Teacher-Student: war or peace.
    • Computers: new escapism?
    • Leadership at school: should we strive for it?
    • War between classes.
    • Should we strive to the best marks?
    • Nerd: something to be proud of?
    • Why and how to punish students?
    • School fights: how to stop?
    • This is MY table attitude.
    • Slander: information or denunciation? Tattle Tail, Snitch or Informant ?
    • School hooliganism.
    • Leadership in the class: leading to bad or good?
  • Appearance, Outlook, Fashion
    • Fate of a pretty woman.
    • Our personal tastes: should we argue about them?
    • Beauty or intellect?
  • Age problems, Conflicts.
    • Respectful attitudes towards elders.
    • Younger brothers and sisters: slaves or companions?
    • Do you still play dolls? Infantilism.
    • Authoritative and dictatorial attitude towards youth.
    • Teen age marriage – is it OK?
  • Love, Gender relationship, Problems 
    • Respect for the other gender.
    • Teen age love: what is it?
    • Flirting: Is it more than a game?
    • Love or sex: which is more important?
    • Rape: how to avoid it.
    • Abortion: guilty or misfortunate?
    • Hey beautiful – want a lift? (Riding with strangers).
    • “Doyouloveme” check.
    • How to make friends with a person you like.
    • How to bring up a real man.
    • How to bring up a real woman.
    • Fear to an other gender.
    • Jealousy: a sign of love or a lack of trust?
  • Topics for Children
    • How to confess a fault.
    • Name calling: why people make names a target for fun.
    • Stealing.
    • Betrayal as a violation of the trust.
    • Jealousy to the elder kids.
    • Envy vs. jealousy.
    • The hero and the coward – how to overcome a fear?
    • Capricious kid.
  • Individual-SocietyRelationship
    • Possessions: mine, yours or ours?
    • Mr. Famous vs. Mr. Nobody: should we strive for fame?
    • Scapegoat: the kid nobody likes.
    • A talented person or a social oddity?
    • Name calling: why people make names a target for fun.
    • The art of consultation: a modern miracle.
    • A mask: me real and me fake.
    • Ebony Tower (Being a snob).
    • “Never mind”: behind the shell. Selfisolation.
    • Can we do something to advance civilization and what can we do?
    • Low self-esteem.
    • Exaggerated self-esteem.
    • Criticism. Is it okay to criticize others?
    • How to learn to be happy: Optimism and pessimism.
    • Social inequality.
    • Competitiveness or collaboration?
    • To forgive and ask to forgive: hard or necessary
    • Word or sword: Which to prefer?
    • Responsibility for someone’s life or interference?
    • Who’s right? Should we fight for the truth?
    • Purpose of life. Me and society.
    • Lack of facilities: reason for pessimism or a challenge?
    • Striving for comfort: where is the limit?
    • Hardships and tests: problems or a challenge?
    • Rebellion against society: new revolution or childish squeak?
    • How to adjust oneself to the rapidly changing world?
    • Should we judge others?
    • Is it okay to justify yourself in front of others?
    • Leadership: should we strive for it? Leadership real and fake.
    • Manipulation. Interference into someone’s life.
    • A right to make a mistake.
    • “Let there be flood after me”. Do we care about consequences?
    • Life and stage. Reality or eternal game?
    • Self-dignity: how to acquire and develop it.
    • Real friend. What is real friendship. «40 pounds of salt».
    • We all know how to talk. Do we know how to listen?
    • Us and them. Gangs.


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