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National Webinar in Italy: Exchanging and Inspiring each other

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In this picture, ISS Leonardo da Vinci (Florence) students with a message for everybody: "We stand with people forced to flee because diversity makes us unique"



On a Tuesday afternoon (21/02/2017), from 2:45pm to 3:45pm, ISS Leonardo da Vinci (Rome), ISS Vittoria Colonna (Arezzo), ITIS Galileo Galilei (Arezzo) and ISIS Colombo (Roma) and ISS Leonardo da Vinci (Rome) decided it was time to inspire each other, exchange ideas and advice on the social actions to be undertaken within the FYF Forum project. Same participants (with some new entries!), same topic: People Forced to Flee (Persone in Fuga). 


Taking advantage of technology, a webinar was carried out. Webcams and mikes on, greetings, waving hands, happiness, a little bit of initial shyness, students and teachers. For everybody in the schools, it was the very first time participating in a webinar!

Despite the initial technical problems (solved also thanks to Oxfam Italia's ICT support person, Tommaso Olmastroni), the webinar went smoothly, with a lot of interaction and a surprising agenda. Federica Cicala (Oxfam Italia) opened up the online meeting with a special session: "News from the world", a moment to be updated on what is going on in the world. From Mogadisho terroristic attack, to Mosul bombings, to South Sudan famine, from Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo and her trial to Doctor Mahmoud Satu from Syrian, ending with #VolemAccollir movement in Barcelona (Spain) to welcome refugees. 


Before Federica started telling about the news, a blackboard with all the different pcitures related to the news was shared with everybody. Students had to look at each picture and find some keywords connected to the feelings or thoughts inspired by the photo. We understood how appearance can betray us sometimes and, on the other hand, how strong a picture can be in getting the message through. 

OXFAM NEWS: OUR SOCIAL ACTIONS #insiemeallepersoneinfuga

After this warming up moment, it was time for our young students to take the lead and tell each other about their social actions. Each school chose a speaker who would have 3 minutes to tell all the details by using the "newspaper method".


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In this picture ISS Leonardo da Vinci di Roma's newspaper

Summing it up: 

  • One school has already carried it our during a school Assembly (ITIS Galileo Galiei Arezzo) and could share advantages and disadvantages;
  • ISS Leonardo da Vinci di Roma has put together an existing collaboration with this social action and will directly involve asylum seekers;
  • ISS Vittoria Colonna is just waiting for the school assembly date to show the documentary Fuocoammare and start a guided debate;
  • ISS Leonardo da Vinci di Firenze is planning go viral spreading the two short clips they have made about weapon expenses and wants to get to national and local decision makers;
  • Last but not least, ISIS Colombo will mix up participatory methods, also using role play to make students think about what being a vulnarable person is. 


Through a live survey, Students enjoyed the webinar a lot, pointed out that next time we should avoid having initial technical problems and found it very useful to exchange ideas! It was a good way to encourage, stimulate, strengthen, give new life to all these amazing proposals. It was beautiful to see the bonds they developed during the first Forum in Rome, how collaboration is an added value, how technology can reduce distances. Together, from 3 different Italian cities to support and raise awareness on People Forced to Flee. 

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In this picture, ISS Vittoria Colonna (Arezzo) students with a message for everybody: "We stand with people forced to flee because it is their right to have the life they desire"

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In this picture, ISS Leonardo Da Vinci (Roma) students with a message for everybody: "We stand with people forced to flee because we are all different but equal"





Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo