The best way to involve refugees in the life of the university and therefore in the in the life of a city is to combine volunteer students with certain activities the University.
As long as you become a member of a university association, you should put on the agenda the refugee issue. As mentioned above many people in HEIs are not well informed about the topic. The first step to help refugees is to build with your peers an agenda, which will focus on how to find refugees, how to help them and how to push your University to help them.
The goals of the practical / training activities below are to:
- Create and maintain an open society that respects diversity,
- Teach and raise awareness of young people how to help protect the rights, and outline the obligations of third-country nationals in a non-discrimanatory manner that ensures social equality,
- Foster interaction, collaboration, dialog and constructive criticism between culturally or ethnically diverse communities, promulgating democracy and equality,
- Promote diversity, tolerance and social cohesion,
- Motivate all individuals to protect the common good and encourage the contribution of all individuals to the development of the country.
According to the level of Greek language knowledge or of any other foreign language, refugee students can form small mixed groups with local students and embark on activities of all kinds.
Addopting Deardorff’s Model of Intercultural Competence (Darla K Deardorff [2006a], Identification and assessment of intercultural competence as a student outcome of internationalization
We are mainly based at the following methods as far as educational practices are concerned:
- Deconstructive methods to offer students a new point of view (facilitate students in finding new information, put in practice negotiation among students, develop students’ ability to observe and listen)
- Experiential and game-based methods (role play, cooperative games, simulations, and problem-solving activities)
- Narrative methods based on stories to create and recreate, discover and re-discover. (use of storytelling in class, writing labs, video and audio production)
- Expressive methods that engage the deep dimensions of human beings (Theatre, painting, music, dance, photography and labs to express emotion)
Refugee students may be already students of the existing departments here, they may be fluent in a European language and may be willing to participate in all kinds of activities, starting from easy to more demanding ones.