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IRENIA Games as pedagogical tools

2000-2010: A peace education programme for primary school pupils (aged 8 – 11) in Molins de Rei

yorgos Konstantinou

on 14 October 2013

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Transcript of IRENIA Games as pedagogical tools

Molins de Rei
Using teaching and learning approaches
through emotional engagement
Aims of the programme
to develop awareness of the Mediterranean region where we live
To respect and care for it and enjoy its rich diversity
A  little piece of history, 
or how an idea  matures
1996: Molins de Rei Town Council begins to offer peace education activities to primary schools 
Main topics 
The Mediterranean region, a common ground and culture.
Inequalities between countries and uneven development.
Unfair international trading relationships
Peace and justice.
Conflict and conflict resolution
International migration. Difficulties and opportunities.
Geography and culture in the region.
Human and Child Rights
Cultural diversity and intercultural education.
Simulation games and role play
Childrens’ stories
Visual imagery
Life stories
Board games
Co-operative games
Creative Art
4-year  programmes.  
4 education levels.
12 workshops of 90 min, aimed at each year group.
A radio broadcast programme made by the pupils themselves to share their views and work in the classroom with the rest of the town.
A performance about related topics.
Some  figures 
about participation
20  different kinds of workshops done over  the years;  
more than 2,500 pupils have taken part in this programme over the years.  
By the time they leave primary school, each pupil will have attended 12 workshops; the last one of these is an overview, an evaluation and the opportunity to join in preparing the radio programme.
Each year 9 primary  schools involved  (all the primary schools  in Molins de Rei);   
Between  36 and 40 school classes overall and  around  1,000 pupils;
Around 80 sessions overall each year.
Some of 
the Contents 
Cicle mitjà (8-9 years) 
A very “Spicy” Sea 
Co-operative games 
Irene and Ali 
The Unfair King 
Exploring Child Rights through Forum Theatre  
Cicle superior  (10—11 years) 
Mediterranean tales 
Parallel lives 
A journey not chosen 
Arabic alphabet 
Fair or Unfair? 
Positive feedback on the programme leads to the Molins de Rei Town Council to publish some of its games.
Board game to get  to know 
the diversity  of the  Mediterranean
Irene and Ali
Board game about water management in the Mediterranean
Images of the Mediterranean
A set of  pictures about the diversity 
of mediterranean people 
Development of  critical thinking
Empathy as an attitude
Awareness of cultural diversity = enriching = opportunity
Rejection of violence as a way to solve conflicts
Changes in attitudes towards immigration
Understanding of co-operation
Knowledge of Child Rights
External evaluation of  the project (in 2010) aimed to:
Detect strengths and weaknesses
Analyse its impact on the students.
Recommend follow-up strategies and new approaches.
Update topics and methodologies  for the changing world.
Irenia’s international team
Board game about Child Rights in the Mediterranean
A peace education programme for primary school pupils (aged 8 – 11) in Molins de Rei (a town in the Greater Barcelona area)
The  map of the Mediterranean  where all 
the countries  which border it can  be seen
The map
All pupils aged 10 – 11 fill out a questionnaire
Every single workshop is evaluated by the teachers  involved.
The members of Irenia evaluate their own workshops
External evaluation is done by UNESCOCAT (2005)
Cariad from the  UK
Yorgos from Greece
Hatem from Siria
from the Congo
Nathalie from France
Imma & Josep-Miquel from Catalonia-Spain
Games as pedagogical tools 
Blanca from
Catalonia- Spain
from the Ucraine
Rivka Poal
from Israel
supported by:
1996  - 2002 The education programmes
continue and are offered to different age groups. 
Themes:  Human rights, immigration,  cultural diversity,...
2002 Molins de Rei Town Council joins
the campaign:
‘The Mediterranean, a crossroads of cultures’.
Since  2003 the programme has  been called ‘Living  together in the Mediterranean’.
A city council project
involving pupils,
teachers, parents
and the local society.
The Molins de Rei education network:
pupils, teachers and stuff of all
primary schools
and the field-workers of the City Council.

Diputació de Barcelona.
 ‘Living  together in 
the Mediterranean’
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