The 'Who are We'? Programme offers three sets of school workshops, targeted at primary and secondary level. These workshops will be offered on Tuesday 14th March; Wednesday 15th March and Friday 17th March.
All school workshops are closed sessions and will run from 10:30 onward, lasting approximately 90 minutes.
Tuesday 14th March: 10:30-12:00 noon
Refugees Crossing: Workshop with artist, Bern O'Donoghue, and Vicky Squire, Warwick University.
Bern: 'It is in the small and the simple where human scale may be found, where one mind is changed, and we begin to change the world.'
How do we talk to young children about the refugee crisis at a time when people on the move are viewed with fear and suspicion by their ‘host’ communities? How might we also provide a positive influence and address the inflammatory language that children might hear about migration outside their classroom?
We will offer a workshop exploring issues surrounding migration and the power of words to shape perception. Focusing on developing a culture of tolerance and acceptance in schools and local communities, this workshop sensitively examines identity, values-led thinking and the similarities we share with displaced people.
Touching on citizenship, British values, diversity and friendship, the workshop investigates how students manage to create a sense of belonging within their peer group and asks how asylum seekers and refugees might do the same in their local area. The session takes time to consider the people behind the statistics as the class works together to construct the Dead Reckoning installation and discuss myths about migration. Following on, each child learns to make origami boats to take away onto which words of welcome for people seeking sanctuary will be added.
The workshop will do the following:
- Raise awareness of human interconnectedness.
- Promote an understanding of differences and common humanity.
- Promote learning with global perspective.
- Develop a positive identity among migrants and all students.
Suitable for children aged between 7 and 11 years. Maximum number of pupils per group: 25
Wednesday 15th March: 10:30-12:00 noon
'Wer sind Wir? (Who are We) with James Hodkinson, University of Warwick.
Hodkinson: 'This workshop will explore questions surrounding being different, being the same and being similar in multicultural societies.'
We will use contemporary and historical material from European media, history, arts, film, literature, and thought to activate and enrich students’ thinking. The workshop comprises a short lecture, film clips, group activities and discussions and will ask questions, such as: how important it is to view people of different cultural backgrounds and faiths in terms of how they differ from us? Is cultural difference always negative? Is the alternative to difference to insist that we all need to share the same beliefs? Is the only way to co-exist to reject our own heritage, assimilate and become the 'same'? Is it possible to think of a different inter-cultural model - that of similarity - which preserves and respects cultural differences, whilst finding shared beliefs, traditions and values around which to build cross-community and interfaith relations?
Suitable for students at ‘AS,’ ‘A' Level and advanced GCSE students of Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Studies, History and Sociology.
Friday 17th March: 10:30 -12:00 noon
The DIY Diversity Flag with artist, Gil Mualem-Doron, and Giota Alevzou, Open University.
The DIY Diversity Flag is a 90 minute workshop, designed by Gil Doron for primary schools. It is linked to Gil’s New Union Flag Project.
The aim of the workshop is for pupils to map diversity that exists in their daily life, culture and community. This mapping is explored and represented through creating a flag with textile designs from the places to which they are connected.
The workshop fuses various disciplines, such as geography, history, design and art. Giota Alevizou (Open University) will ask students to reflect on questions of cultural heritage, identity and belonging looking at the ways in which these questions are expressed through the art of ‘making’ and story-telling.
In this workshop students will also be introduced to creative methods that are being materialised outside established museums and galleries - through participatory art, community art, protest art, and public art.
At the end of the workshop, students will leave with the flags they have individually and collectively created.
Suitable for children aged between 7 and 11 years.