InterCultural Iceland Sensitization training about migration, racism, discrimination, culture and diversity Making our own course Heroes Antonios Christodoulos 2nd Primary School of Agios Stefanos, Attiki, Greece. Title
The goals • to make participants aware of the difference and similarities within the group • to raise participants curiosity about the people’s heroes • to get to know each other in the group • to address the differences and the things held in common between people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds • to reflect about the role of sport as a way to over jump barriers.
Teaching Methods • Cooperative learning • Activities and games • Discussions
Target group Primary school children (10-12 yrs)
The time 2 teaching hours (2 x 45 min.) Tests
1st hour: Personal heroes Group size: any size between 10 and 40 participants Preparation: Flip chart and markers Paper and pencil for the participants
Instructions: If the group is large, we divide the participants into subgroups of 5-6 people Ask them to start thinking on their own about three people who are their personal heroes After about 5 min. invite the participants to share their choices and to say what they admire to those people. Allow sufficient time for a real exchange and questioning Ask each group to list on a flip chart the names of the heroes, their nationality and if appropriate, the areas in which they became famous (e.g. sport, music, culture, …)
In plenary, ask each group to present its flip chart to the other groups Debriefing and evaluation: We should note down heroes who are mentioned more than once. We ask the participants if they enjoyed the activity and discuss the following questions: Were there heroes who were unknown to anybody? Why? Was there a trend in terms of nationality or sex? Why do we appreciate some heroes more than others? Do you think your heroes are universal? Why, or why not?
Main point • Our choices of heroes are relative and depend on our culture. • By exchanging feelings about our personal heroes, we can: • grow to know each other better and • get an insight into different cultures.
2st hour: Sport heroes Group size: as previous Preparation: Flip chart and markers Paper and pencil for the participants
Instructions: If the group is large, we divide the participants into subgroups of 5-6 people and give each group 3 photos of Olympic and Paralympic Champions
Ask them to write down (in the group) what they think those athletes have common and what different Ask each group to plan a hypothetical interview with one of those athletes. Allow sufficient time In plenary, ask each group in turn to present their thoughts and the questions they prepared for the interview. Ask about the reasons of their choice.
Debriefing and evaluation: • Discuss following questions: • Are those athletes heroes? • Did they have the same opportunities to succeed? • Who was in a more favoured and who was in a less favoured position? • What are the causes, the roots of success or failure? What factors determine the difference?
Main point Identify and analyse the basis for discrimination and exclusion of people or groups who are “different” due to their culture, origin, abilities, etc, which mean that from the start some social groups are at a disadvantage compared to others (the role of sport?)
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