Student projects in times of pandemic

08/04/2021
Have you wondered how the educational program works during a pandemic? Do you think if is it possibile to fulfill it online?

 YES! There is a possibility and the proof of this is the work of project groups consisting of students from four schools in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeship that participate in the Friendly School program, which aims to integrate the school community attended by children with migration experience.

Online work and lack of contact with friends is a challenge for every student. Migrants children often face problems related to language and culture, experience difficulties in understanding the tasks and information provided by teachers wchich could be an additional stress. Therefore, it is very important for them to know that they can count on the support of their friends who, in such a difficult period, could help them to feel better in the school community.

This is what the students of the Friendly Schools care about.

At the beginning of the program, students took part in online workshops, where they learned the basic concept of migration, wondered what integration is and which actions improving this process could appear in their school.

During the another meeting in an online form was conducted by an experienced trainer in which the students found out what is a student’s project and how to implement it in their own school. Students willingly shared their ideas, took active part in meetings that had an interactive formula.

From January to the end of February this year, project coordinators had an opportunity to test educational materials that deal with the topic of migration. All materials are consistent with the content of the core curriculum. They can be realized during Polish language, biology, geography, WOS (social studies) or educational lessons. It was written by an Expert Working Group consisting of teachers / teachers and educators / educators. All scenarios are available for download on our website in the For Schools tab.

The main goal that students want to achieve is to present the culture, customs and traditions of the countries to their migrant colleagues (which will make students come closer to each other, get to know each other better, and thus support their integration process).

In achieving this goal, they show great creativity and commitment.

 

Here are the activities they have managed to implement so far and those they are planning for the near future:

Primary School No. 24 in Toruń

  • During the ethics classes, the participants of the program dealt with the issues of migration, talked about tolerance towards people from other cultures.
  • They prepared the project Our multicultural school - a presentation of the countries of origin of foreign students attending primary school 24, and an interview with migrants.
  • In the near future, the project group plans to prepare a virtual escape room for students from all grades 4-8, which will be presented together with the project during a week-long action - Let's get to know each other better, the aim of which will be to integrate the school community with children and youth from abroad.

 

Primary School Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko in Górsk

"The children approached the project with great commitment."

  • Students planned to write their own book about Ukraine. Students collect informations and interesting facts about a selected topic.
  • It was managed to conduct classes with online broadcasting - Karolina's mother (a student from Ukraine) participated in them, who told a Ukrainian fairy tale, shared interesting facts about Ukraine, answered children's questions.

Primary School No. 14 in Toruń

  • The project group together with the Students' Council invited all students in grades 4-8 to work. The task of each class is to prepare a short film or presentation in which the most important words and phrases necessary for everyday communication in the selected foreign language will be presented. The project group hopes that among the students there will be not only lovers of English, German and French, but also fans of slightly more exotic languages. As the coordinator reports: "We will select the most interesting films from the prepared films, which we will publish as part of the project on the school fanpage.

 

Primary School Flags of the European Union in Bydgoszcz

  • Students directed their project to the students of their school. They focus on three countries: Greece, Ukraine and Great Britain. They want to get to know these countries and learn more about them.
  • They also prepare interesting facts about Poland - dedicated to students from abroad.
  • The project group also created an online survey - with questions about the above-mentioned states. Through the questionnaire, they want to check what knowledge the other students have about them and make their presentation to learn more about them.
  • Students also prepared posters with slogans that would make foreign students feel better and like at home.

Working in a multicultural environment is interesting, educational and inspiring, which can be seen in the activities of the Friendly Schools. It is also a work full of challenges that we are aware of and that is why we try to support educators and students in this process.

We also recommend you to read the Wielogłos publication, which includes the School Integration System model. This model was created as a result of observation of the previous practices of schools working with migrants. Its aim is to facilitate work in a situation where people of various origins learn at school. This system is intended to support the school community which, in the event of accepting a migrant child, have been left to themselves and have to develop their tools and methods of operation by trial and error.

Thanks to the School Integration System, schools that are faced with the situation of working with a student with migration experience can benefit from the experience of institutions that faced this challenge earlier.

The School Integration System is a set of ready tools and ideas to use.

The Wielogłos publication can be downloaded here: http://wieloglos.emic.com.pl/.

We also invite you to use other publications that can be found on our websites https://maszprawowiedziec.com.pl/ and https://emic.com.pl/ and to contact the specialist in cooperation with schools natalia.konwerska@emic.com.pl.