The creation of unconventional maps with 19 students coming from third countries of Iscte-UL, took place in the scope of the project NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home.
On the 4th of March, AIDGLOBAL took together 19 immigrants students of Iscte-IUL for a moment of sharing, discussion and (de)construction of stories, memories, experiences and trajectories, which culminated in the creation of an unconventional map where a set of places were identified where students spend some of their free time and seek to better understand the Portuguese culture and language.
The initiative was carried out using Non Formal Education methods that involved the creation of an icebreaker from which each person was able to share a little about their history and their experiences not only in their countries of origin, but also as immigrants in Portugal.
Following, the students created a map of all the places that could be interesting for students apart from the Iscte campus. Among the various activities and places identified were cafés, parks, language courses, gyms and restaurants. The activity was developed to the sound of the music that animates the streets of the countries of origin of each student, and the places mapped were identified through collages and drawings. Simultaneously, a specific map of the identified places was created on Google Maps, which will be shared in the welcome manual, an activity that will integrate the agenda of the next meeting.
This activity is framed within one of the project’s objectives that seeks to promote the orientation of recently arrived university students, in order to facilitate their academic path.
“NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home” is a European project funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, and AIDGLOBAL and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In Portugal, this project is being developed in the city of Lisbon, namely in the Bairro das Galinheiras, located in the parish of Santa Clara.
AIDGLOBAL ― Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Education for Development and Global Citizenship in Portugal and programs within the scope of Literacy in Mozambique. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.