Go Visual! Training Course for Multipliers

Recent science research confirms: our brains like images, symbols, colours, active engagement, movement – this is when they learn the best. So why not apply this knowledge to SCI educational programmes on migration and refugees?

Go Visual! Training, Poznan, Poland (September, 2016) Photograph: Krystyna Lewi?ska

With this in mind, SCI Poland organized a training course “Go Visual! Creative education about migration” – as part of the Building Bridges Campaign. In early September 2016, 25 educators from 10 European countries learnt and shared information on how to educate young people on migration, including refugee issues, by using visual facilitation methods and other creative methodologies. They explored simulation games, visualization, theatre, but – most of all – various forms of graphic representation, including creating icons on the migration issue. In the evenings, various workshops organized by participants took place, including an impressive and colourful Afghani kite-making workshop, run by Mustafa Reza from the Utilapu Hungary (SCI's Hungarian Branch) team.

Inês Ferrao, the Portugese EVS volunteer from SCI Catalunya's office, shared these comments after the training:

“For 5 training days, I had the chance to really explore my role as an educator on the topic of migration, being given the right tools and network to do so. It was a short time in Poland, but extremely intensive and powerful. In the end, I was sure I could take my passion for making a difference in this subject higher. A very complex topic was approached in a clever and incisive way and I am really glad I was able to be part of this.”

Go Visual! Training, Poznan, Poland (September 2016) Photograph: Krystyna Lewińska

The training, funded by the European Commission and run by Małgorzata Tur and Krystyna Lewińska, is a part of a bigger project, in which as many as 9 SCI branches and 1 partner organisation cooperate. Apart from SCI Poland, these are: VIA Belgium, CVS Bulgaria, SCI Catalunya, EstYes Estonia, SCI Germany, SCI Hellas, Utilapu Hungary, VSI Ireland, and SCI Italy.

As the training outcome, SCI Poland produced a Visual Icon Dictionary on Migration – an electronic publication for trainers and facilitators that can be used during workshops on refugee and migration issues. You can access the pdf-version on this link.