Spain school

IES María Soliño, Cangas SPAGNA

Proposal of a didactic unit integrated with tasks and exercises for students of secondary education of the audiovisual culture subject in 1st year of arts bachelors from the IES María Soliño de Cangas.

We apply PBL project-based learning and develop a prototype school cooperative. From our high school we cooperate with an occupational center in our town and organize a Solidarity Festival for June 2018.
This is an audiovisual literacy project in high school education. We use our resources cinedumotion, stop motion now, several classroom blogs and didactic units The Fabulous world of images. We continue as in our animation projects to the reading with activities, tasks and exercises during a temporalization of 21 sessions in class time for the didactic unit in solidarity with the refugees.
The objectives are audiovisual literacy and social integration, from the curriculum of the audiovisual culture subject, project-based learning, the sense of entrepreneurship, animation to reading, integration and education in values. This experience has facilitated the study of digital narratives from collaborative work and project-based learning through the use of empathizing and participation technologies.
We have previous experiences that we have used in this new project to raise awareness and highlight this problem of humanitarian order.

France school

LYcée Léonard de Vinci, Levallois-Perret-France

“A Migrant, A Story” is a multimedia work that helped us getting to better know the migrants coming from Africa or the Middle East we hear so much about in the media and that we encounter daily in the Paris region, where they often provoke fear, rejection or indifference. We believe that learning about their story is the best way to overcome these feelings. We tried to understand what reasons pushed migrants to endeavour dangerous trips during which so many lost their lives.
French delegation at the UNHCR Lab
They did not take lightly the decision to leave their home country; they were often compelled by misery, war, persecution. They were ready to risk everything to reach Europe. Showing the risks they took (risks of the travel but also risks linked to smugglers) is one of our purposes. Finally, we want to break down the stereotypes that Europeans may hold about migrants. It is sometimes easy to dehumanize them. When we learn about the unique story of each migrant, we are reminded that they deserve a decent life just like us.
To these ends, we created a composite website with distinct sections. The “resources” section is for our documentation about migrants and refugees with photos, quotations and links from the press or other websites that could help to better understand them and have an idea of what they were going through. The “interview” section gathers videos of interviews we made in Casablanca, Morocco where refugees and migrants often hope to reach Europe. We asked our own questions about their paths, plans and dreams.
Finally, we wanted to share different interpretations of what we had learned through our work and the interviews, therefore the “artwork” section present drawings and short stories underlining the contrasts between what the migrants lived through and their new life in France.





Malta School

Sir Michaelangelo Refalo Sixt Form, Gozo MALTA


I am not originally from Malta; I am from New York where I was born and raised. My parents are both Maltese. My family and I moved to Malta when I was nine years old. I am a proud citizen of the United States of America. I am a citizen of the United States of America because my parents immigrated to the United States and made me who I am, thus I am forever indebted to my parents. Immigration is a subject I like to discuss.

When I was eight years old, my mother took my sister and me to Ellis Island. Ellis Island is where all of the immigrants were taken to before entering the United States in the late nineteenth century and half of the twentieth century. The immigrants would be petrified that they would be rejected at Ellis Island and would be sent back to their country. Millions of people immigrated to the United States since the United States was the country of hope and freedom.

Today, my country is practically built of people who settled there and made the United States their home in which later generations made it their home too.

Immigration still happens today however things are not as easy.

Immigration has become a touchy subject nowadays. Most people leave their country nowadays only to seek security. Millions of people have left their homes and family members to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach safety. It is ironic that these people are then shunned, discriminated and treated horribly. Xenophobia still exists unfortunately. Due to the large masses of people entering Europe these past few years, people have come to consider them a threat and feel violated. However, it is incredibly progressive that many youths are becoming more accepting and tolerant towards these people. Due to educative methods, young people are less unaccepting towards these people. In the following years when my generation becomes the generation which leads this world, I believe that society will become more open-minded and tolerable. Maybe it will be my generation that will stop the conflict and hatred however having history as a subject at school has taught me that war is extremely hard to get rid of.

Throughout this past year, I have kept up to date with the events of the General Election in the United States. The General Election created havoc and chaos. Today, discrimination is running wild. Living in 2017 has taught me that even though the great powerful countries of the world are democratic, for some reason there is still conflict. The reason why, according to my views, is that us humans have never learned from history. My country faced critical times when women and dark skinned people fought for their rights in which they gained however there still seems to be prejudice, discrimination and misogyny. I find it a disgrace that my country, which once was the country that accepted immigrants more easily, is now closing its doors to those immigrants in need of safety.

It breaks my heart that politicians do not care to make a difference in the world by uniting everyone together. However, I do understand that these politicians are a small group who cannot influence everyone’s mind. Even though they have power, their power is limited when it comes to spreading good since unfortunately horrible things are more infectious. I do believe that it will take everyone to come to terms with the fact that we are one race and that we must unite together to be able to build an efficient and sustainable world where everyone lives in peace.

In Malta, many immigrants have been arriving on our small island seeking refuge.

Many Maltese are accepting and many organizations do their best to help these people however the Maltese feel a great threat. Since these immigrants are not Catholic, the Maltese feel a threat to their religion which is a major part of Maltese culture and life. Since most people of the older generation have never experienced living amongst these people, prejudice occurs.

I analyze the horrors a millennial like myself sees these days on social media and I cannot felt myself but see grateful that I live in good conditions as well as pity immigrants and others who do not make it to safety.

I wonder how we can stop these atrocities from happening.

I believe that there is a great want for peace and sometimes peace comes at a price. Peace may have to be forced and so war most probably occurs.

Power is something many people want nowadays however what one does with power is what defines that person especially to the world.

I have come to realize one of my weaknesses. I believe it is hard for someone to realize one’s own weakness and actually admit it. I realized that I think that if I had the power of the world in my hands, I would be able to create equality, spread peace and bring justice. That is a weakness. Even though my want for power is for good intentions, it is still a weakness. I cannot control the world and the world might not agree with me.

Moreover, as a seventeen-year-old who is still growing and will someday face the world on her own, I must come to terms with the fact that there are people who suffer unfortunately due to what has been implemented in the minds of others and such things are poisonous. Why should innocent people suffer? That is the question I ask and the question you should ask too. The answer is complicated and unfair. Then, together you and I must unite to solve the problem and the solution is quite reasonable and that, my friend, is the way we help these people.

dopo lampedusa

Voglio dire grazie, da parte di tutti noi, agli organizzatori, ai partecipanti e a Lampedusa per l’esperienza unica che abbiamo vissuto.
Noi proveremo in tutti i modi a continuare a diffondere il messaggio di uguaglianza e rispetto per tutti esseri umani, e spero che Malta serva sempre come ponte per aiutare l’unione tra Africa ed Europa!
La leader della Delegazione Maltese