So delighted that Mirabela Robatzchi - part of our team since before Covid - was able to attend the most recent meeting of the Cornwall Equalities and Diversity Network. Mirabela has worked so hard on our project about migration and international workers in Cornwall - I PACKED THIS MYSELF. So it was absolutely right that she should make the presentation. And it was a good one!
I Packed This Myself/Migration - Mirabela
Presentation of latest update from Bridging Arts as requested in previous meeting.
Mirabela Robatzchi (MR) works on project with Susan (Roberts).
“I packed this myself” started as a discussion about migration
More people on the move than ever and more than ever coming to Cornwall. Aim of
project to break down prejudice around those coming to live and work in Cornwall
and increase importance of role played by those born overseas who live and work
Migrant workers previously came for things such as daffodil picking – now in
hospitality, care workers and range of other areas which need work force in Cornwall
Suitcases – find out from migrant workers what they would take with them in their
suitcase that shows something about their heritage, choices etc. Slides shown which
revealed what people had packed.
Art showing range of issues raised was presented. Exhibits have been used in school
and assemblies to discuss with children (y2 – y6). This was to try and explain this to
children who may comprehend better and relay information or findings to their own
families. Secondary schools not as successful.
Used cards with basic phrases in English and Portuguese, Romanian etc. to aid
Asked children what they would take if you had to make a long journey, to open the
discussion. Went very well with children interacting fully and designed their own
‘suitcases’ with what they would take. Also, how would it make you feel?
Watched video on link. The Welcome Song video was taken at summer camp as
diverse group of children in attendance and Susan from Bridging Arts
Project continues to run. Susan tried secondary schools
but not receptive. Would need to be part of a curriculum session rather than
assembly. Mirabela has a history in conflict resolution in adolescents and it would
assist in avoiding conflicts which arise from racism in Cornwall. This would then
support the fight against bullying in schools and also encourage children to be aware
of others and awareness of a need for equality.