Building resilience and enhancing the intercultural competencies of refugees and asylum seekers through theatre techniques
The European Commission has been remarked that Adult learning is crucial for migrants, as they may require different skills from those that they used in their countries of origin for their new careers. It can also help equip people working with migrants with intercultural awareness and competences, easing the integration process for everyone involved.
Nevertheless, the participation of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in adult education is particularly low. The insufficient knowledge of the local language and a lack of intercultural competencies are important factors but mental health problems associated with migration processes are, in many cases, the real cause behind the low participation in adult education of migrants, in general, and refugees and asylum seekers in particular.
One successful methodology that has proved for decades its effectiveness addressing the social and psychological effects associated with social vulnerability is the Theatre of the Oppressed. Based on the methodologies developed by A.Boal and P.Freire, this education method has proved to be a powerful tool to build resilience, that is, the ability of an individual, community or country to cope, adapt and quickly recover from stress and shocks caused by a disaster, violence or conflict.
Go Up project aims to boost the participation of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in adult education supporting teachers, educators and counsellors with tailor made innovative methodologies and tools designed to build resilience and enhance intercultural competencies through theatre techniques.