Raising Awareness about Refugees inclusion (LS-PT-104)

Europe is now facing a serious crisis of solidarity with refugees which have become a political and humanitarian problem. The main goal is to raise awareness about Refugees situation and to explore an inclusive approach of Art.

Implementation

Session 1: Key concepts & the newly arrived migrants

The first session of this lesson is dedicated to introducing the topic of migration to the students. To do so, pupils followed various activities, including:

  • the use of visual brainstorming to make the topic more accessible;
  • the discovery of key concepts related to the topic (backgrounds, causes and consequences, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, legal regulations);
  • discussions about real situations of their knowledge, the proposal of best attitudes and changing of mentalities;
  • challenges by asking them “And if it were me, to pack and be forced to leave? What would it take in the backpack?”.

Session 2: Diversity and Inclusion & migration history

During the second session, students dig deeper into the subject by discussing the related key concepts to the topic: diversity, inclusion and history. In groups of 4/5 students, they proceed with the activity called ‘share your migration history’. Each group select a “migration history” from the Europeana portal. Then, they analyze and share a reflection with all class about the story they selected.

Session 3: Art & Migration

Working in groups, students recreate the picture of “The Kiss” – by Gustav Klimt, using the materials from the working room (cardboard, paper, scissors, glue, paint pencil, markers, eraser, ruler, and so on).

Later, still working with the same groups, students create a 5 to 10 minutes presentation that describes the group vision of the “The Kiss” – by Gustav Klimt, using a syncretic approach of minimum 3 arts (e.g. visual art, drama, dance or movie, dance, music). The most creative proposals can be presented in the school hall.

Reflection

Students have a final moment of reflection and ask themselves which the activities developed during these lessons contributed to the enrichment of their competencies.

The aims of this lessons have been fulfilled. The groups were very pleased with this learning scenario, expressing an interest in trying new scenarios with Europeana.

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