20. December 2016
Joaquin Zamora Campoy
Instituto de Educación Secundaria Ies Sierra Almenara, Purias
The learning process:
The learning process with young people from Purias (Spain) was based on the training module “Technology” and followed the 6-steps approach to global citizenship, as described in the publication “Six Steps to Global Citizenship. A Guide for Youth Workers, Youth Leaders and Trainers”. Starting the learning process with icebreakers and getting to know each other, the participants got into the topic by brainstorming on their understanding of technology and playing “Crazy Chairs” game. The objective of these two activities was to become aware of the importance and relevance of technology and the wide variety of it.
To explore deeper the topic of technology, the participants implemented the activity “Exploring by Theatre”. They were asked to imagine how their issues influence the real life of people around the world and to act one such situation out with a short theatre play. The participants were preparing their performances in small groups. After the activity, they discussed the raised issues in the whole group.
By exploring the topic of technology, the participants came up with 5 issues that they wanted to explore deeper:
• Loss of real identities;
• Social problems (notoriety).
Continuing the learning process in small groups, the participants had an opportunity to explore deeper the causes and consequences of the above listed issues by drawing problem trees.
In the next step of the learning process, the participants tried to find solutions to the the problems they were exploring and try out some sample actions to tackle them. The results of the actions that have been implemented are presented in the section “GlobaLab in Action”.
At the final stage of the learning process, the team of facilitators decided to give papers to the participants where they had to reflect and write down 5 small actions that they were going to implement after the GlobaLab learning activity. The participants provided the following examples of actions:
"Don’t get stress by social network"
"Don’t judge people because information that I found on the social network! "
"Spend more time with my friends and family"
"Use less my mobile phone"
"Be more patient"
"Defend my friends"
"Be happy and have fun with my friends"
In the end, the participants made an evaluation with Dixit cards where they had to choose and present one card reflecting on their feelings, learning achievements, likes and dislikes of the whole learning process.
According to the observations of the facilitators who led the learning process, the most important competence of the participants that needed to be improved was critical thinking. This comes from the reflection on the issue that at the beginning the participants were very sure that they had a quite extended understanding on the topic of technology. With every activity they were discovering new aspects, perspectives and points of view on the topic. Moreover, they developed their curiosity and motivation to further analyse the topics and understand the issues by always taking into consideration multiple perspectives.
Moments of the GlobaLab