“Τhe Journey” – A little bridge was built
2016 has been a year full of surprises for me during this year I had the chance to fulfill some lifetime dreams. I completed my Master studies, I took some serious decisions regarding my life, I travelled. But what made 2016 really special was my participation in START-Create Cultural Change a fellowship that came about just on time to remind me that indeed, it is worth chasing your dreams!
This is how an important personal journey started! I found myself in Germany, gaining hands-on experience in a cultural centre, setting up my own project named “The Journey”.
What is “The Journey”?
It is an initiative implemented in Germany with an objective to reach Greece and if possible other European countries related to the war in Syria and refugees. It is a book of haiku poems written and illustrated by children of two primary schools in Cottbus, Germany. The poems, written in German, where translated in English and Greek.
The project in numbers: implementation and objectives
4 weeks, 30 students, 3 workshops, 50 poems. Students where gradually transferred from happy, family journey to migration journeys. Through storytelling and enquiry learning children were informed about refugee journeys. They imagine themselves fleeing from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan. They were able to realise the obstacles, the tough decisions, the despair refugees face from their decition to flee until they reach their destination –if they ever do. They captured their thought and feelings into haiku poems and communicated their message of altruism and empathy.
Building small bridges
My initial objective and wish was this book to be a small bridge among children throughout Europe. The book reached TORCH-Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. It was read by primary school students who created their magazine with the theme “Imagining Refugee Journeys”. It also came back with me in Greece, got into the 1st Primary School of Thermi, was read by the children, who decided to create their own book! So, let’s get started!
You can read the book here