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2 December 2020
e-graine and Marek Kakaščík

In this week's innovation story, the French organization e-graine presents their One World Citizen project aimed at deconstruction of prejudices.

e-graine is a national association movement under Global Citizenship Education which was born via the young citizens' association convinced that transition requires support from education professionals who understand territorial specificities and leave no one unaware of the possible levers of action. As an innovative social organization, e-graine sees education as a tool not for standardization, but for understanding and accepting the world in its diversity. Our aim is to allow each individual, whatever their age may be, to feel a citizen of the world and to make their own choices in full awareness of the environmental, economic and social consequences, both globally and locally. For us, that means fostering complex thought.

In this perspective, e-graine is convinced that there is an overarching crisis to the economic, social, political and environmental crises, that of community, in which we no longer think of ourselves as humans inhabiting the same planet. One key symbol of this "humanity crisis" is the management of the "migration crisis" in France and in Europe witch situates the debate in a context of concern. Experts are in agreement: rather than a migration crisis, we are faced with an over-advertised crisis regarding the reception of asylum seekers, who represent just a minority of migrants coming to France.

In response to this crisis of humanity, one of the strong issues to which e-graine responds concerns the need to reawaken a feeling of belonging to a common humanity.

With this in mind, the e-graine movement, supported by the French Development Agency (AFD), is embarking on the implementation of a national, cooperative program of migration education calibrated to create a powerful societal impact.

The aim of the programme is to deconstruct the mutual prejudices between French citizens and migrants by creating a formal framework of cooperation amongst key players (social enterprise organisations, businesses, institutions, the State, foundations, citizens ...) in order to fight against discrimination andcontribute to the integration of migrants. There are two types of governing bodies:

  • a national steering committee composed of national partners,
  • a consortia of local actors in each of the 5 programme deployment regions.

These cooperative work spaces bring together members who daily apply different skills and attitudes to serve a united society in its diversity. These include institutions, scientists, NGOs, cultural actors and financial backers. Each of its actors has its specificity, and e-graine has its own: the teaching expertise. It is our know-how that is at the crossroads of the strategies of each member at both national and local levels.

This pedagogical programme is based on a variety of educational tools adapted to different audiences in order to raise the awareness of as many citizens as possible:

  • educational tools on the subject,
  • thematic training courses for professionals,
  • introductions to migration education open free of charge to volunteers,
  • event-driven meetings…

One of these educational tools is an immersive, interactive and travelling exhibition for which we have requested the support of Bridge 47. Thanks to this award, we will be able to create and build the first module of this exhibition. In this space, you will be able to understand the mechanism of the construction of prejudices, distinguish stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination, and identify the path that links these concepts. You will also understand the importance of being aware of our prejudices.

This intellectual progression is already being worked on with researchers in social and intercultural psychology as well as with neuropsychologists. But beyond the scientific aspect, which is necessarily essential to the creation of a pedagogical tool, we really want to give an immersive dimension to this exhibition. Visitors should leave the exhibition with the feeling of having lived a life experience, an upheaval, an awareness. Thus the immersive dimension will take all its strength in the diversity of the tools deployed (sound, visual, tactile...) and in the scenography that will be imagined. Several ideas are already warming up minds: taking visitors to a space to "quarantine" their prejudices or taking them to a laboratory where the species being studied would be immigrants.

Thus, in order to bring together the arts, sciences and pedagogy: the exhibition will be the subject of a creative residency in March that will bring together researchers, designers and educational engineers. We hope that after these two days of creative work, we will be able to move quickly to the production phase of the exhibition to begin its deployment.

This exhibition will be displayed in reduced format during festivals and events. A more complete version will be deployed in schools. To this end, two educational routes will be designed: one for secondary school students (12-15 years old) and one for high school students (16-18 years old). These visits will be accompanied by a visit booklet and a teaching manual for teachers. They will be able to draw from it elements that will allow them to deepen or prepare certain notions included in the school curriculum.

About the Author

e-graine

e-graine is a Global Citizenship Education movement association based in France.

Marek Kakaščík

Position: Innovation and Communications Trainee
Marek assists Bridge 47 with the national work in Slovakia and with communications of our sub-granting mechanism.

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