Higher Technician Social Integration students who take part in this 5 sessions activity are at different ages, young students with little experience in the professional world (18-24) and experienced adult students (25-50). The idea of this Learning Scenario is to reflect on the importance of our roots and our history. In order to understand the life history of users, empathize with them, empower them and define the most appropriate social and labour intervention according to their situation. It is also a way of seeking the inclusion of different cultural realities that are part of a diverse Europe.
Connecting to our own migration memories
After looking through the Europeana website, students search objects, resources, images among their own personal belongings, or users, friends or neighbors. Therefore, objects related to their own migration history. The symbolism of each article will be detailed. These memories are part of the construction of one’s identity, which is also European. After taking pictures of the memories, they do group presentations using digital maps where they can explain the emotional meaning of each object. Meanwhile, students whose cultural backgrounds are from another country, the European Union or Extra-Community, are invited to share their stories on the Europeana portal.
Afterward, a blog will be created to facilitate the publication of digital maps. Students will explain the different stories of the objects, adding their personal opinion. The collection created will be disseminated in a virtual way.
Debating about European interculturality
After watching this video, which explains a personal history of migration, students will be asked to comment on it. They will have to take into account their own migration collection. They will give their opinion; express what has been known preparing their migration collection and the emotions they felt on this topic. After, they will watch another short video. The will be invited to debate about European interculturality as mixed cultures which are part of our DNA.
All of these activities make students think about their professional field (Higher Technician Social Integration) where they may work with newly arrived migrants and their families by helping them adjust to their new surroundings.
This may include leading cultural orientations, providing job placement assistance, or supporting users through social services referrals.
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