Refugee Crisis - Approaching “The next day”
In the last few years, the issue that is at the top of the list of major conferences of the European Union is the “Refugee crisis and its impact on European countries”. There has been a lot of conflict among countries about their responsibilities on the matter which led to different reactions. Thousands of people coming from different areas but mainly from the Middle East try to escape from war and destruction.
This major influx shocks European peoples' conscience and raises a great educational emergency that schools must deal with.
Eight secondary schools from from: Portugal, Germany, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland and France, expressing different opinions on the refugee issue, make up our partnership.Most of the institutions have already implemented other theme-related projects dealing with social exclusion/inclusion, acceptance, tolerance, integration, entrepreneurship, creativity, refugee crisis. Apart from those directly involved in the project (approximately 500 students and 30 teachers) we expect another 2000 refugees to benefit from the outcomes of the program.
The main objectives of this project are:
- the exchange of teaching techniques and good practices related to refugee integration
- the development of tools to facilitate young refugees adopt to local communities;
- the constructive debate aiming at alleviating fears, racist reactions and discrimination;
- the enrichment of participants’’ knowledge on the current refugees’ crisis in Europe, history, geography, culture and the development language competence and ICT skills.
The methodology applied will be experiential so as to pursue collaborative learning, creativity and innovation. Teachers will guide online cooperative activities among students to carry out multinational team work.
Different means will be used to make this possible: TwinSpace, Project web site, Facebook project page, Video conferences, E-mails. We will foster all sort of hands-on and on line activities, boosting students’ creativity, teamwork, role playing, problem solving skills based on the principles of the experiential methodology.
To achieve the goals above all partners will carry out the following activities:
Depiction of refugee crisis in literature (poetry, drama), music and cinema to awake awareness and empathy;
Creative art work, photography, comic and refugee logbook design
Debate conferences and presentations;
visits to refugee camps, NGO’s, organizations and local authorities to get feedback on their actions and support to immigrant populations;
Design and creation of logo poster, webpage and eTwinning space
Design and publishing of the guide book of the new comer refugees of the host countries;
Dissemination activities for local and national community
Enhancement of knowlege on geogrphy, history, culture ICT and foreign languages
Upon the completion of all the above activities we expect to achieve the following results:
Awareness of the causes and effects of the Middle East crisis and the refugee influx
Sensitization of all school community against xenophobia, racism and discrimination
Alleviation of fear and prejudice, changing of mentality
Awakening solidarity and pupils interest for volunteer activities by increasing the knowledge about refugees matters
Development of debating and collaborative skills among all participating institutions
Acquisition of knowledge on history, democracy, international politics and culture of the participating countries
Development of language competence and ICT skills
Awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe.
Tolerance and acceptance of other cultures
As regards the impact envisaged and the potential longer term benefits, we expect to raise students’ interest in the project and help them develop critical thinking on the issue, become stronger in dealing with discrimination and xenophobia, learn to coexist with other people and express solidarity towards refugees. Students may be prompt to undertake volunteer work, or social service. Finally, students will improve their foreign languages and ICT.
The teachers will improve communicative and managerial skills,acquire knowledge on updated ICT environments. They will be engaged in European collaborative teamwork face to face or through the use of eTwinning platform. Their pedagogical skills and professional expertise will be enriched by sharing teaching methods and good practices.
Partner schools will create a European network and develop a more open-minded attitude towards education.
Local communities will get familiarized with international projects and develop European awareness, tolerance and respect.
Refugees will be aware of the fact that lots of Europeans are supportive and concerned about their problems and get to know about the EU’s ideal of inclusion and tolerance.
Finally a change of attitude has to take place in the sense that we “should not name it crisis, but a challenge that can be handled”.