- Institut Quatre Cantons (Secondary school, Barcelona)
- Transforma Films
- Project Carrier
- Project Carrier / Project promoter
- Project Carrier
- Middle school
This initiative was part of the Treball Globalitzat de Proposta Externa (Externally Proposed Globalized Project, or TGPE) that the Institut Quatre Cantons organizes, which involves several different subjects. In the TGPE, students are given a project proposal by an external entity in which they are asked to execute an assignment, solve a problem, offer a service...
- Bring our youth into contact with complex realities from their community, while keeping a global point of view.
- Propose learning that encourages a critical vision of global problems.
- Offer students audiovisuals as a tool to reinterpret their own experiences.
- Take on the issue of immigration as a matter that’s close to home for most students.
This project responds to a request from the school itself, which opens its doors to external organizations through the TGPE. This is a methodology that allows them to connect the curriculum with social issues from the neighborhood. In addition, by involving Edualter, it continues the project begun by Transforma Fils, which had previously worked on the issues of housing and cooperatives through the TGPE.
This project aims to raise awareness in young people about the situation of migrants. In order to do so, the non-profit Edualter and production company Transforma Films ask students to create a video documentary using interviews.
With support from Transforma Films, students record and edit their own videos. Together with teachers, Edualter prepares training actions on the issue of immigration that can be carried out in the classroom.
Throughout the project, students work in pairs on putting together a blog, which they use to reflect on the day-to-day of their project.
The result is 10 stories recorded on video, with a brief written biography for each. These audiovisual resources will be used by Edualter as a starting point for the creation of new teaching materials on migration based on a secondary school student’s point of view. They will also serve as awareness-raising tools in different spaces.
The experience allows students to:
- Reflect on, and become aware of, immigration, diversity, discrimination and prejudice.
- Identify local problems.
- Understand structural causes that are at the root of many local issues (global interdependencies).
- Develop a critical point of view, and the ability to express well-reasoned opinions.
- Use audiovisual materials and computers to edit and create blogs.
- Work in teams as a classroom and with individuals from the organizations involved.
- Use problem-solving throughout the project.
Our final product is 10 video stories from neighborhood migrants, together with a brief biography written for each of them.
By clicking on the following links, you can take a look at three of the 10 videos created by our students:
The project has a blog (http://sommigrants.blogspot.com.es/) that serves as a working tool and a means of publicity for the project.
In addition, we also use the Poblenou Neighborhood Association’s magazine and the social network profiles of INS Quatre Cantons, Edualter and Transforma Films to spread word of the project.
- This project has helped students learn about teamwork and has allowed families to become more involved in TGPE project presentation day.
- One of the individuals interviewed was the director of the Ateneu Flor de Maig, a neighborhood organization. This interview brought our school and this organization together, and they plan to work together in the future as a result.
- Edualter benefits from the audiovisual material produced by students, which will allow them to improve their existing pedagogical proposals and to create new ones incorporating our students’ point of view.
As a new project, we have found some elements to be improved:
- We need to have access to alternative resources in order to be able to adapt the project as the need arises.
- The technical skills needed for this project require plenty of time to be acquired, and this is a limitation that needs to be taken into account for future editions.
- TGPE methodology favors the incorporation of projects that fit with the curriculum and that have the support and sympathy of the entire educational community.
- The school’s openness to external organizations.
- The issues we worked on encourage a critical point of view of global problems, and break with stereotypes.
- We encourage students to participate as global citizens, giving them the opportunity to express themselves through audiovisuals.
Students, teachers, the organizations and the individuals involved all participate in evaluating this experience, with the aim of identifying and sharing what has been learned in a critical manner and coming up with ways of improving the project in future editions. The tools used in this evaluation were journals of reflections, classroom evaluation sessions with students, and the evaluation and supervision meetings between the organizations and the teachers involved.
This project was also organized with another group, with gender identity as the key theme. In this project, the classroom training and the technical support from the organization helped students record three fiction video shorts on the following issues: homophobic bullying, couple relationships and gender equality. Students also prepared flyers and trailers for these shorts in order to advertise the showing held on TGPE project presentation day.