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  We are selecting students for the exchange in Belgium,

searching for possibilities of buying the tickets.


A few students started preparing the tolerance project for the whole school.


The students of the school are filling up the questionnaires about migration.


We are working on Erasmus webpage.


               

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  Doing the Questionnaire:

Until now, we have 104 answers so not enough yet,
but we hope to get more!


We created a Project Course that will count for the Abitur based on our project.
Ten students will take part in it. Most of them with a migrant background.
Some of these students will go to Belgium in March.


Planning an excursion to Bremerhaven to the German Migration museum in May 2018.


My students cut the interviews for the website we have done in November.


As Project Coordinator, I would like to thank all the partners,
who were involved in the project in 2017 and hope for a good year 2018.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




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  This month we didn't do much because the students

were busy with their exams…


We are very disappointed because we wanted to organize a Christmas gig
at school with refugees who live in a Fedasil center (hot spot) close to Wavre.
We met them at a festival this summer, they had made a band and they had agreed
to play music at school and to talk about their experience as refugees.
But, unfortunately, three of them were expelled out of Belgium before coming
to our school...
So, the gig has been cancelled….



We set up a shoes exhibition in the great hall of the school.

With this exhibition, we want to represent the long walk of the migrants,
trying to reach Europe. The exhibition will remain at school until the end of the project,
in October 2018 to keep us aware of the topic.





In Brussels, for several months, citizens have decided to help migrants
by hosting them every night. Lots of theaters and cultural institutions
also host refugees every day.
There are bout 200-400 refugees in the Parc Maximilien looking for help every night.
Lots of belgian people think that the politicians don't react as they should…


We are hard working to organize the projet week that will take place in Wavre
in March 2018. We are looking for more families to host every partners,
we are preparing a nice program, trying to make this week unforgettable…


We can't help it but being sad thinking about all these families split,
all those people who are on the road,
who are not safe,
who have put their hope in Europe ...



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

to all of our partners

and to everyone who cares about migrants




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The group of 4th ESO from Jesuïtes Clot-Escola del Clot in Barcelona, who are doing
their research project participating in the Erasmus + Project: “Migrations,
challenge of the 21st century”, this December 2017
we have visited two expositions in Barcelona,
in the Museu Marítim de Barcelona, (http://www.mmb.cat/ ) related to our topic, MIGRATIONS
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We have visited the exposition called EXODUS:

"Life and Death of the Lybian route to Europe"

https://docfieldbarcelona.org/en/exposicion/exodo-vida-y-muerte-en-la-ruta-libia-hacia-europa/

Pictures by Ricard García Vilanova and Karlos Zurutuza documenting the context today and the life conditions of thousands of refugees and migrants in Libia, waiting for an opportunity to arrive in Europe in humble boats.




  • After this, we visited the exposition on PROACTIVA OPEN ARMS_ 2 YEARS Mission,

“No more lives at drift”.

https://docfieldbarcelona.org/en/exposicion/no-mas-vidas-a-la-deriva

-proactiva-open-arms-dos-anos-de-mision-en-el-mediterraneo-rutadocfield/

This is a collective photo exhibition of national and international photographers who have witnessedthe task of the catalan NGO Proactiva Open Arms. The main objective of the organization is to protect the human rights at sea and the lives of the people who are in danger in the sea, to avoid non-sense deaths of the refugees who try to arrive in Europe,

escaping from war conflicts, persecutions or poverty. The pictures make us direct witnesses of the humanitarian crisis and the missions that took part in the coast of Lesbos (Greece) from September 2015 and the Mediterranean Center from June 2016 until today.





These are some of our students’ choices,

explanations and feelings about the pictures seen:


 Laura Herrero:

I chose this picture which shows a group of African refugees and migrants. They’re celebrating their arrival in Italy on board of the Golfo Azzurro.

 They were rescued in front of the livian coast, on Saturday 25 th of February of 2017. The ONG’s lifeguards had found 332 people in the north of the livian coast,

who was travelling in 3 pneumatic boats I choose this picture because I was surprised to see all this people happy and excited after all they have had to pass in this dangerous and awful travel. The thing that most impact me was that they are celebrating like the final of this difficult travel, without knowing that when they arrive to land, they will have to pass through another difficult time. Because they will have a to get the “migration’s papers”, something that is very difficult. Maybe, they won’t find a job, a decent job o a legal job. And they will find a lot of people who are going to discriminate them.





Mariona Martínez:

I choose the picture which shows a large amount of orange life jackets and small and low quality boats; in this photo we can see a lot of planks of wood too, but there are actually pieces of more destroyed boats. I choose this picture because it’s very impressive and very sad for me to see this rests of the illegal and dangerous trips that a lot of people do just with the hope that here they will find a better life. This image explain us a lot of things just showing us some objects, and this is another fact that has made me choose this photo.  All the low quality life jackets thrown this way reminded me some of the photos we saw of the Auschwitz concentration camp especially these ones with the pile of shoes, hair or toothbrushes. These pills are a constant evidence of the cruelty and the lack of sensibility some humans have and all the tragedies that occur in our world.

The problem sometimes it’s that we don’t know how to resolve them, so we ignore them and we diminish its importance.


David Ortiz:

I chose the picture which shows a group of immigrants on the sea whose boat is sinking.

In the photo it seems like there is no boat, but they are in calm. The waves are high and they can fall into the sea,his bodies were a life jacket of poor quality that can only keep them floating during half an hour. Most of them don’t know how to swim, but they are calm. I chose this picture because of that, their calm. They have done a very big travel, suffering, leaving all behind. And when they are so close of their destination the boat starts sinking, moving away all the effort, tears and sacrifices they have made. But they are calm, waiting the lifeboats to rescue them. They do not even show happiness. That is something that delight me. Also the photo shows, with an optical effect, a possibility, that they are in the sea, trying to stay afloat, trying to save their lives. Ismael Argemí: I choose the same picture, which shows a group of immigrants on a boat that is sinking slowly and and the moment that the photo was taken, it seems that there’s no boat. The image transmits nervousness to me because I feel that their lives only depend on the sea at that moment. I think that the feeling that the group has at this moment is relaxing because they are seeing a boat which should take them to the land, but at the same time I feel sadness for them because most of them are going to be returned to their countries or are going to be used in mafias. I think that’s a big problem and everyone must fight to finish with the wars that cause this big problem. For me the problem is not to see foreigner people, for me the problem is the conditions in which they come.

 

Laia Llop:

I chose the picture which shows a little girl, that have half of the face burned and the other not. In the photo you can see the humble expression of the girl. Her face is like this because of the gases from the boat, that mixed with salt water makes some toxic gas. I chose it because the look of the girls is very humble and is like saying “okey, I passed a lot of things, my family have died on this travel, so I hope this is the end of the path

Paula Saloni:

I choose the photo that shows a lot of people inside a boat, and the volunteers are giving some orange life jacket to pick up the refugees and carry them to the coast, to a better place. We also can see, how refugees throw away into the sea. There are loads of people and no many volunteers on there. If we attach at the photo, we will see that the boat who came to help, is very small, is smaller than the other one. It’s a very difficult situation, because everybody wants to get out of the boat, and want to arrive alive to a better country I think that some of they don’t know how to swim, and there are too much people who needs to go out. This photo is telling us, the high level of trouble is to escape out of this terrific situation. They know that until they don’t arrive at the Italian coast or to Lampedusa, they are in danger. This can ends with loads of lives each year too many people die in the sea.

When we go to the museum, we saw, the process: starting by how the Libyans start the worst travel that they had done ever, until the big quantity of people whose can’t arrive at the final. And the other rest of the people, who can survive, most of them when are in the Italian country, then the majority are returned to their native country.



Nuria Salvador:

I choose that photo because it’s an image of one parson and another person and another person… They aren’t numbers, they are people that have different experiences and people that have survived a hell and even that they continue smiling and thinking positive.We can see some refugees making jokes, with clothes in a good condition but they are without shoes because the mafias don’t let them wear something that occupies space, so they can’t wear something basic like shoes. Imagine the situation of this people that are risking their lives and their children lives in the ocean and when they are in the beach to go to the boat (the salvation) someone tells them that they can’t wear shoes and they equally go up to the boat knowing their chances to die,

so imagine the situation….



Ana Gozálvez:

I choose the picture of the little girl with her face burned, because I think that it’s unfair for a girl of her age to experience this situation, and when I saw the picture, I imagined the girl screaming andsuffering and I almost started crying, because I don’t want anyone to suffer like this.

 

Paula Díaz:

The main reason why I choose this picture of a little girl showing her best look that can be removed from the trip that she just made.I like the meaning of this photo because for me it means that although this poor girl has passed everything, and you can already be safe, a dark past is not going to disappear easily , but leave scar within her, and is seen in his eyes. Those eyes don't show hapinness but pain. A pain that seems obvious when you see the picture, and you can only think in what has come to pass this little girl, and how strong that has come to be. And ask yourself, if you could have done the same in place, but it is difficult to imagine its enitre course. that is why like the contrast of  her look, are eyes of hope but at the same time not knowing if that pain so strong will be able to be forgotten. Because even that well come, the effort left scar.


 Flors Riera:

I choose this picture because it shows that even after very complicated situations in which this woman could have lost her life, there is hope for life. Behind thins photo there is a complete story of fight for survival,a story of a strong woman who has fighted and fighted until she has been rescued, and finally, in the middle of a rescue boat, she has been strong enough to give birth to a small baby which after some difficulties is now safe and alive.

In this photo we can also see the face of the woman with a happy and relaxed expression on it, because after all the fear and all the pain she has achieved to give birth to her son/daughter. She don't know for sure if her baby will survive to future dangers but for now both of them are alive and that's all that matters for her.





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  We filled the Italian questionnaire during the School Assembly:

we have more than 200 Italian answers.

We collected the results for the comparation in Belgium



We bought tickets , booked hotel, organizing the next exchange week in Belgium.


We took part in “colletta alimentare day “ the 25th of November:

it was an opportunity to keep in touch with migrants who collected food for CPA.


We are planning to invite for Christmas dinner a migrant family at school or in our private houses.

The solidarity is a target of our project and sharing our meal is the real Christian feeling.