Today more than ever, we are surrounded by “citizen initiatives” aimed at the defense of heritage, the development of relationships and the exchange of knowledge and opinions. Today more than ever, the city is a school where knowledge and learning flow away from the conventional tools of teaching.

This course aims to approach the comprehension of urban complexity and its stories through the implementation of processes and tools that empower us as individuals and as community.

Using art and culture as instruments, we get closer to the common urban space: the public space, through the eyes of teachers and students, present and future “city makers”. We will generate an experience that allows us to dialogue with the city and its citizens, producing urban actions and interventions of exploration and visualization of problems and qualities,  promoting critical thinking about society and common spaces.

The course is based on methodologies and techniques that value non-formal learning, approaching the city and different contexts as an open pedagogical environment, which has an impact on each of us as individuals.

Objectives

  • Promote the collective creation as a method to achieve common goals.
  • Develop the individual capacity of perception.
  • Development of critical thinking about the common space and the way we use it .
  • Promotion of the debate about citizen empowerment and decision making on public space that finalize in collective urban actions.
  • Promote reflection about common living issues.
  • Generate group cohesion through consensus and collective actions.
  • Visualize and connect educational communities or cultural and social associations with its context reality and its inhabitants.
  • Construction of new methodologies of urban space exploration adapted to common needs and concerns of participants.
  • Reflect through the action, the experience and the intervention in the context. (Learning by doing)

 Target audience

  • Teachers: primary, secondary and vocational schools.
  • Teacher trainers.
  • School leaders and other school staff.
  • Any professional workers who would like to learn about collaborative practices and how to use art-based tools of participation for the construction of citizenship.

Training activities

Day 1

  • Opening: welcome to the course.
  • Group dynamic: personal presentations (interests, abilities, objectives,…)
  • Previous questions: ¿what do we understand by….?¿What does it mean…?
  • Introduction to Analysis and exploration tools (practical experiences)
  • Introduction to the working context.

Day 2

  • Group activity: sensations and perceptions about the place experienced.
  • Working with the place: Application of the analyzing and exploration tool
  • Collective work on obtained data
  • Put in common the reflections about the contexts: individuals and collective.

Day 3

  • Group activity: sensations and perceptions about the previous day activities.
  • Introduction to visualization and materializing tools (practical experiences).
  • Decisions making about the tool/s we want to use (what, how, when, where and why)( Do we want to intervene directly on the place? What kind of intervention do we want to make?
  • Intervention preparation (materials, needs,…).

Day 4

  • Intervention preparation (materials, needs,…).
  • Application of the visualization / materialization tool according to the decisions previously taken.
  • Group dynamic: Sharing the feelings experienced, and different levels of interactions perceived (with the city, with its inhabitants, between us, with ourselves).

Day 5

  • Group activity: Reflections about the intervention.
  • Collective work: Possible adaptations of the tools to participants´ personal context (visual map).
  • Course conclusions: achieved objectives and personal and collective learning.
  • Final course evaluation and feedback (Things to keep, things to change,…)
  • Optional guided visit

Methodology

Learning by doing

When what happens at school has to do with “doing”, when the real experience appears, it becomes a project. If this project interacts with the society, providing any kind of service, learning gets amplified and expanded. We will learn how to “learn by doing” in the real context, to give our future learners the chance to understand the power of their actions.

DIWO: Do it with others

We will emphasize the understanding and implementation of horizontal democratic structures. We will provide the participants specific tools to question how we relate as society and provide them with an alternative model of social interaction, more righteous and equitable.

 The main objective is that the participants get to explore the context with equality, freedom and understanding the importance of participating in the decision making processes.

In proximity to the context

We will use different tools of exploration and intervention in the place, working with the context right next to the course location, with the intention to show these tools could be applied in the contexts of each participant and anywhere.

Continuous evaluation of the experience

The reflection process will be continuous throughout the whole project. The participant will be conscious about what he is learning, why and where his learning as an individual and as part of a collective takes him.

 Energizers, games and group dynamics are foreseen daily in order to ensure a positive energy and a cooperative learning climate in the group.

We organize optional social and cultural activities in order to give the participants the opportunity to get to know the Canarian and Spanish culture as well as to do some professional networking and exchange good practices.

Certification and validation of learning outcomes

  • Certificates of attendance, including a description of the training content
  • Support with the Europass mobility certificates

Upon request, we also provide educational centers with additional documents that are required to certify the presence to the course and the competences learned. For example, we provide photos of the training course and a sum-up video that can be used for dissemination purposes.

As follow-up activities, we also create online group discussions so that the participants can share with their peers the results of the course and continue reflecting on how they can adapt the methodologies and tools learnt in their context.

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