International Students hold a workshop at school

An absolutely unusual teaching was given during the Intercultural Week from September 18 to 19, 2017. In cooperation with Friedensau Adventist University and the educational institution in Möckern, the pupils gained a deeper understanding of an explosive and burning topic: flight and migration. There are many reasons that make people flee their area: armed conflicts, wars and civil strifes but also political persecution, discrimination and a lack of prospects. It is a topic that is also discussed in schools. Young people react very often with insecurity but also with interest. Information and a change of perspectives can help to understand the reasons for a flight and to de-emotionalize their own judgement.

Two students of Friedensau Adventist University, Nathanael Ndeyeme from Burundi and Daniel Ayitey from Ghana, who are studying International Social Sciences at the faculty of Christian Social Science, explained the backgrounds, answered questions and promoted a view for striking events in a globalised world. A workshop on a movie which was in line with the topic was chosen as a methodical form. They worked together, dealt with topic and argued in an empathetic and understandable way. The pupils learnt more about the topic, overcame their prejudices, listened to each other. Dr. Jill Blau and Marion Sandmann from Friedensau Adventist University and Johanna Affeld from the comprehensive school in Möckern supported the project. As a special challenge for the pupils, the workshop was hold only in English. After this intense preparation, they watched together the movie “The last shelter” at the cinema in Burg on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The pupils and the two students led through the subsequent discussion.


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