22 January 2020

The start of the KA3 project "DIVERSE"

The Key Action 3 project "DIVERSE" aims to promote social inclusion and diversity in multicultural classrooms with an increased number of children from refugee/migrant/ minority background through the use of creative methods and more specifically, storytelling methods. It is going to use e-learning as a method to train teachers. The project is funded by Erasmus+
Kick-off Meeting DIVERSE

Project duration: December 2019 - December 2021

Context: As Europe is becoming increasingly diverse, teachers find it increasingly difficult to promote and manage effectively diversity in their schools. The lack of intercultural competences from the part of the teachers has been identified as a main reason for the underperformance of children with refugee/migrant/ minority background. A need for change of attitude has been identified in European research. However, in order to change the attitude it is necessary to use methods that will have an effective component. The project aims to upscale three methods that are related with storytelling and aim to promote emotional aspects of learning, promote the positive interaction between children from migrant communities and children belonging to the mainstream communities and that promote non-verbal communication and learning. 
These methods are: 
  • Drama in Education: It is a pedagogical process that seeks to balance both the form and content of drama. The method focuses on collaborative investigation and problem-solving in an imaginary world.
  • Digital Storytelling: It is a relatively new term that refers to stories that include multimedia elements such as photographs, videos, sounds, texts, and also narrative voices, and this has found its way into the classroom in a number of contexts
  • Fairy Tales: It uses as a starting point fairy tales and folk tales from the oral tradition of the culture of the child with refugee/ migrant/ minority background and design different activities on the basis of it.
Kick-off Meeting DIVERSE

Aim: The project is aiming to adapt these methods in order to use them in multicultural schools and will produce a guidance book for this reason. Furthermore, the project is aiming to organise training of teachers in order to upscale the method. The training will be organised both face to face and through e-learning with participants all over Europe. The methods are going to be practically implemented in schools and community and policy networks will be developed to sustain upscaling.

Output: A guidance book addressed to teachers in relation with the use of the creative drama, fairy tales and digital storytelling in order to improve the management of diversity in their classroom. It will include the description of the methods as well as educational scenarios and practical examples of activities that can be implemented in the classroom in the framework of the methods. It will include also measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. It will be translated and available in 6 languages.

Project Meetings:
  • Kick-off Meeting: Greece
  • 2nd Meeting in Hungary
  • 3rd Meeting in Spain
  • 4th Meeting in Italy
  • 5th Meeting and final conference in Romania