Due to the difficult conditions determined by the Coronavirus pandemic, the last training activity organized in the framework of Key-Co System project – that was supposed to take place in Palermo – has been held online.
The 5-day training has been carried out by two members of Giocherenda: Giocherenda is an artistic collective composed by young immigrants and refugees living in Palermo. The word Giocherenda comes from Pulaar – a Fula language spoken mostly in Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and Senegal – and it means “solidarity, awareness of interdependence, strength through sharing, joy of doing things together”.
Giocherenda members invent, build and animate games that stimulate fantasy, narratives and solidarity categories and offer a workshop of creativity and storytelling as a form of education to interculturality, empathy and active and inclusive citizenship.
These young migrants are not intended as witnesses of an atrocious reality or victims without hope and ability to act, but promoters of solidarity. Inspired by the social psychologist P. Zimbardo, professor emeritus at Stanford University, they became trainers of the Heroic Imagination Project (HIP), a path of education to resilience.
HIP has been one of the topic of the training, that has involved teachers and educators belonging to Key-Co System’s partner organizations and coming from Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain. The activities were divided into several sessions focusing on:
The training has offered a magic and imaginative way to present some topics and feelings particularly related to the work with migrants, such as empathy, solidarity and resilience. The activities designed and carried out by Giocherenda’s members have been enthusiastically followed by participants, who will now use in their daily work the training schemes learnt.