Student initiatives

Here you can learn more about the on-going projects that are already funded by Seeds for Integration. Do you feel inspired? You only have to apply!

Projects from our Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations:

  • Stand Up for Equality by ŠUS (Slovakia): Through the initiative “Stand Up for Equality” the idea was to reach active high-school students, who do not have the space and opportunity to discuss issues related to migration. ŠUS organised a training for multipliers where secondary school students studying in Slovakia were invited to learn more about migration, they had the chance to meet new inspiring young people and improve their communication skills. After the training course all participants became multipliers, as such when going back home they can  share their newly acquired skills and information on migration with friends, classmates and parents.

    sus-stand-up-for-equality(On the picture: The official group picture of the Stand up for Equality training)

  • Tools for Inclusive Schools by ISSU (Ireland): ISSU organised an event in Dublin to celebrate International Student’s Day (17th November) with a special focus on the integration of migrants and refugees in secondary schools in Ireland. The event was called “ISSU’s Tools for Inclusive Schools” and it brought together over 60 students from a diverse range of backgrounds from schools all over the country. Throughout the day there were series of workshops with guest speakers. The event culminated in the production of the Student’s Charter for Inclusive Schools which was developed by the participants using the competences they have gained during the day. The contribution of students with migration experience was integral to the process and would not have been possible without their profound knowledge and expertise. On the 22nd of March 2017 – in the framework of an official launch event – the Charter was presented to policy-makers. In the future the document will serve as a key tool to addressing integration issues in schools across the country.

ISSU event(On the picture: Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, Samiya Ibrahim Mooge from A.D.Y.N.E, ISSU’s International Offficer Ellen O’Rourke and OBESSU Board Member Larissa Nenning)

If you want to learn more about the project or you need tips from ISSU on how to develop a good policy paper, read this inspiring article and contact the Irish Second Level Students’ Union here: info@issu.ie

  • Study Session in Ceuta by CANAE (Spain):  CANAE is organising a “Study Session” for students selected from different regions of Spain (Peninsular) with students from Ceuta and Melilla. The objective of the activity is to draft a document proposing a set of good practices of coexistence in Ceuta and Melilla that will later be presented to the Education Commission of the Congress of Deputies, to all the Parties and the Ministry of Education. The Study Session will take place in Ceuta on the 31 March – 2 April, 2017. 

Here you can watch a nice video prepared by the Government of Ceuta on the event (video in Spanish).

  • We go together by ESCU (Estonia): In order to strengthen and improve the relationship between Estonian and Russian students living in Estonia, in the framework of the initiative „We go together”ESCU organised a one week-long exchange program involving 10-10 students. At the end of the week there was space to share the experiences in the framework of a Winter Camp as a closing event.

ESCU photo(On the picture: Happy moments from the Winter camp)

If you want to learn more about the project or you need tips from ESCU on how to organise an exchange program, read this inspiring article and contact the Estonian School Student Councils’ Union here: opilasliit@opilasliit.ee

Medium-scale projects:

  • Roving Stories by Rete degli Studenti Medi Veneto (Italy): “Roving Stories – Storie ambulanti” is an initiative centered around the idea of creating a short movie on immigration in collaboration with secondary school students, migrants living in different cities of Veneto region and with the help of two movie directors. When ready, the movie will be screened in secondary schools in the whole Veneto region. 
  • Sicilia Migrante by Rete degli Studenti Medi Sicily (Italy): in the framework of the initiative Sicilia Migrante”, Rete Sicily is creating a documentary about migrants and asylum seekers’ life and integration process in Sicily. Starting from their arrival into Reception Centers, the documentary will focus on what kind of rights immigrants have or do not have.  Also the issue of the efficiency of Italian inclusion programs is tackled. Special attention will be dedicated to the situation inside the secondary schools, how migrant students stay in the school and what kind of services are enhancing their integration process into the Italian educational structures. 

 (On the pictures: The filming process)

  • Welcome home, friend! by schools in Fier County (Albania): “Welcome home, friend!” is a youth initiative that aims to raise awareness on the necessity to re-integrate high school students who have recently had a refugee/migrant experience. This initiative is a collaboration between two high schools in south-west of Albania, “Jakov Xoxa” in Fier and “Miti Zoi Zaka” in Divjake. As part of the project, two main activities will be organized: “A Human Library” event and the “Friendship Zone” exhibition. In addition, students from both schools will participate in an excursion/workshop, where they can better understand and debate the topic of diversity through informal education activities.

meeting_students from Jakov Xoxa 2

(On the picture: First project meeting of the team.)

 

Small-scale projects:

  • Integrative Football Tournament by BSV Hagen (Germany): in the framework of the “Integrative Football Tournament” the secondary school of BSV Hagen organised a football competition for refugee and local students. The idea of the project came from the general observation that sport unites people regardless to their cultural background or the language they speak. The teams were mixed (refugee and local students played together) to strengthen tolerance between the participants and forge intercultural friendships. The tournament attracted 123 students and was a major success.

bsv-hagen(On the picture: Happy faces after winning the first place.)

If you want to learn more about the project or you need tips from experienced applicants, read this inspiring article and contact the Student Council of BSV Hagen here: hagenerbsv@gmail.com

  • Forum Theater by Gdynia Bilingual High School No 3 (Poland): In contrast to traditional theater, in a “Forum Theater” a spectator is also the actor at the same time (“spec-actor”). Both the spec-actor in the “role-coat” of the victim and the one embodying the “perpetrator” has a better understanding on what have caused their confrontation while experiencing real emotions. In the framework of their local initiative, the students of the Polish Gdynia High School are organizing two activities: 1) a web forum:  a live and on-line streamed interactive, global, open-to-all forum theater  2) a multilingual, digital and freely licensed forum theater handbook  for teachers but also  for students who animate forum theater workshops for peers. 

gdanya 1       (On the picture: Snapshot of the one-week-long Forum Theater workshop.)

If you want to learn more about the Forum Theater workshop run by Jean Pierre Besnard – French film director, read this interesting article. 

  • Talking about Europe: Refugees by IES Student Union of Consuelo Aranda (Spain): the student union of Consuelo Aranda organised a one-week long photo exhibition “Talking about Europe: Refugees” to showcase the issues refugees have to face from the moment they cross the borders until they start their integration to the host society. As part of the initiative an open debate was organised with representatives of “Firemen in Action”, an organisation working with migrants and refugees in the region. 

    (On the picture: Debate on migration and the photo exhibition)

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