The latter edition of the course “Diversity in the classroom: teaching tolerance and overcoming prejudices and discrimination” took place in Palermo from 21/08/2022 to 27/08/2022. The participants came from all across Europe, with Monika from Germany, Breda, Patricia, Louise and Josephine from Ireland, Maria from Cyprus, Ewa, Dorota and Danuta from Poland, Edit and Gyula from Hungary, Noemi, Miriam, Leticia and Nuria from Spain.
Through the sharing of personal experiences by each participant we built a safe place to start, in which we explored different methods to face the main issues that corcerned their schools.
Identity was our crucial starting point: recognize ourselves through the contact with others is the most important basis for building our social and cultural conscience, and we learnt it through amusing activities that involved creative brainstorm, roleplay, playing with methaphors and games about perceptions.
These activities helped us discovering how many different aspects hide in our inner selves. Each of us is composed by a beautiful range of colours: sometimes they can match others’ shades, otherwise they can create new combinations by meeting.
Then we moved to the emotional matter, discovering the five pillars of socio-emotional learning: self-awareness, self-control, empathy, self motivation and social skills. Through the activities that involved emotional intelligence the participants also learnt how to deal with conflicts, exercising empathy in a healthy way.
The depth of our conversations during this bright week taught us important lessons that will be printed in our minds wherever we’ll go, finally aware of the beauty of diversity.
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