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Diverarte: raising awareness of migration and coexistence in diversity

Geographic Area

Spain

City

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Language

English

Type of Information

Project or programme

Organisation

Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council (Municipal Institute of Social Care)

Contact Person

Social Care Service (Santa Cruz Diversa Programme) (Login to send email)

Contact Person Function

Immigration and Coexistence Programme

Project Start

01/09/2020

Ongoing Project

No

Project End

30/09/2022

Summary

The Diverarte project is currently being developed in fourteen groups across six secondary schools in Spain, and there are plans for its expansion in the next academic year. The project runs face-to-face sessions with students which are dynamic and practical, promoting reflection and dialogue on the topics of reference, contextualised in the reality of their neighbourhoods, and taking into account the enormous differences that exist between centres and among the students themselves. For the design and implementation of the activities the project's coordinators have worked with various teaching teams, adapting their demands to the focuses of the project. 

Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption

Such awareness-raising activities in secondary schools have been carried out intermittently, in various editions and under several different names, since 2010. Since 2018, they have been conducted on a regular basis. This Diverarte edition responds to the recommendations of the 2018 diagnosis on immigration, diversity and coexistence in Santa Cruz. Although the conclusions of the study were that the municipality is in a state of good coexistence, recommendations were made to both maintain and reinforce awareness-raising actions, especially among the youth of the municipality, whose diversity of origins continues to grow.

The main goals of Diverarte are:

  • To raise awareness and sensitise the pupils and teachers of six public schools over a period of 24 months, of migration and cultural diversity in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife;
  • To contribute to knowledge of and respect for the different identities and cultures of the Canary Islands (of the 250 young direct participants of the project in 2021 and the 300 direct participants in 2022);
  • To co-construct active, inclusive coexistence in Santa Cruz, through creative proposals from the 550 young people of the project's participating centres.

How does it work

The proposed actions are divided into nine sessions, in which the objectives are worked on directly. These sessions are further divided into initial sessions (gathering information; situating the project; seeking awareness of the reality of the classroom and the context surrounding the centre). They function to expand existing knowledge based on the interests of the students, to review pre-established conceptions (prejudices, stereotypes, etc.), and work on understanding the different realities of the municipality. The closing sessions are used to consolidate knowledge and evaluate the project overall.

Results

Over the course of two school years, Diverarte has seen the following results:

  • 6 public secondary schools in Santa Cruz have a better understanding of the reality of migration around the Canary Islands;
  • 14 groups of pupils aged 12-18 reflect upon and discuss issues related to migration, diversity and coexistence in their municipality (550 pupils in total);
  • 250 pupils and 40 teachers develop critical thinking skills with regard to the issues studied, and deepen their understanding of the existing diversity in the municipality.

So far, there there has been positive feedback in 100% of the classrooms. Further, the changing realities observed in the sessions indicate that the expected results are being achieved.

Evaluation

The sensitive topics upon which this project focuses are approached via a focus on questioning and co-creation of knowledge on the part of the students, with the teacher acting as a guide in the learning process. Each session is evaluated individually by the students upon completion, through post-it activities, the use of hashtags, and group participation. Each session is also evaluated over the course of its enactment, in order to adjust, redirect or modify delivery.
A final, overall evaluation is recorded on separate forms by students and teachers, with a focus on the achievement of initial expected results and objectives.

Who will benefit?

Beneficiaries include pupils aged between 12 and 18 years old and their teachers. In addition there are approximately 1650 indirect beneficiaries, due to the multiplier effect on the environment of the direct beneficiaries, which reaches an average of three extra people per direct beneficiary.

Source of funding and Resources used

The project receives 100% municipal funding, from the annual budget of the Municipal Institute for Social Services (from the immigration and coexistence programme). Funding to hire staff to design, teach and deliver the sessions is fundamental, amounting to a total project budget of EUR 19 581.00 over two years.

Project staff include two part-time municipal technicians (one for administrative contracting; the other for the promotion, supervision and technical monitoring of the project), and four part-time professionals from the EVM company, contracted to develop the necessary activities: coordination, design and delivery of the sessions, and dissemination.

The participation of the educational centres is essential, as they must open their doors and provide their facilities, class timetables and the support of at least one teacher in order to develop the project during class time.