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					„Active Citizenship for Migrants”
    GRUNDTVIG 07/GR-LP/07-0061/C1
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"




                       Title of the workshop

 Workshops in the field of the Internet education
  for migrants and adults working with migrants
                (teachers, trainers)
                                     Kraków, 2008/2009



Authors:
Kinga Anna Gajda, Wojciech Gajda

Project team:
prof. Zdzisław Mach, dr Kinga Gajda, Elżbieta Mach, Małgorzata Adi-Kołaczek,
Wojciech Gajda, Bożena Gołąbek, Agnieszka Pierzyńska-Mach, Joanna Piasta-Siechowicz,
Joanna Włoczkowska, Joanna Woźniakiewicz
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"



   Contemporary days seem to be the migrants’ age.
   However the nations still play the key role in possibility of access to
    rights, political asylum and contacts with other people the same
    nation.
   Meanwhile it is good to pay attention to global citizenship.
   Ruth Lister, English professor of social policy, defines global
    citizenship as global identity.
     “It changes its shape cutting different spheres of human life: house,
             relationships, local and national politic, global space”
   At the same time the global citizenship is linked with human rights,
    nature conservation, global poverty etc.
   According to Anna Yeatman migration is seen as demand of
    redistribution of citizenship status.
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"




The assumption the Internet as global, international web is
  the chance to build the virtual global citizenship was the
     basis of our workshops. We believe the virtual global
        identity can transform into real global citizenship.
   Internet does not discriminate against nobody – it gives
          everyone the same contents and influences the
                      individual and in fact the society.
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"




   D. McQuail in the book Mass Communication Theory. An
    Introduction writes about the role of contemporary media, included
    Internet.

   According to him, the media is:

             instrument of social controlling and managing
             instrument of mobility
             public forum of national/international presentation,
              consideration of political life
             source of images and definitions of social reality – creation,
              accumulation and performance of cultural/social values
             source of public ways of judging
             the way of leisure
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"


                      Possibilities of using the Internet

   free electronic mail
   online chat
   file transfer
   file sharing
   Internet forums
   Social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace have created
    a new form of socialization and interaction. Users of these sites are able to add
    a wide variety of items to their personal pages, to indicate common interests,
    and to connect with others. It is also possible to find a large circle of existing
    acquaintances, especially if a site allows users to utilize their real names, and
    to allow communication among large existing groups of people.
   IRC
   social networking websites like MySpace, Facebook
   internet communication (Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, Jabber, Tlen)
   VoIP
   searching for information (about culture, bahaviour, society etc)
   learning
   shopping
   games
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"



             The role of the Internet in migrant’s life

    Robert Park and Herbert Blumem claim the Internet can be helpful
     in migrants’ assimilation

    Internet builds common public sphere

    Internet gives the possibility to exchange information

    Tomasz Goban-Klas says :

    „Internet is usually seen as individual process, meanwhile it delivers
      the information what ideas, values and sellers are new and trendy –
           it gives the alternative system of values and it weaken the
                                traditional ideas.”
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"




                                    Pilot group

     trainers and teachers working with migrants – 10 persons

     migrants (students, company employees) from the United
      Kingdom, Russia, Canada, The Czech Republic, China,
      The Ukraine, Germany

     we prepared 3 modules of the Internet workshops
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"


                   Module 1 – the shared experiences
   The basis of the first module (shared experience) was the theory by W.
    Schramm who introduces the term of shared experience. The shared
    experience means the common idea, symbols and attitudes shared by
    the sender and the addressee, the news passed from sender to
    addressee on – the role: assimilation



                     Competence of the            Competence of the
                        person A                     person B




                       Source            Signal         Address
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"



   Within the confines of the first module pilot group was familiarized
    with the possibility of building the Internet forums, of establishing the
    contact with family, friends etc.

   Then the participants were instructed how to:

              install the e-mail box
              configure the e-mail box
              enroll at Internet forums
              start the Internet forums
              use the Internet forums
              look for the Internet forums
              use the Internet ways of communication
              install the Internet ways of communication
              find friends through the Internet ways of communication
    "Active Citizenship for Migrants"


                                  Module 2 – cultural mosaic

     The basis of the second module was the theory by A. Moles who claims
      contemporary culture is a kind of cultural mosaic. The internet is the medium
      building the common tableau socio-culturelle of our times. The Internet is the
      source of information about common past and nowadays as well.

                                             Social-cultural image


              g                                                                   g
              l                                                                   l
              o                                                                   o
              b          canal of                                                 b
              a                                                                   a
              l                                                                   l
                                                                         an
                                        INTERNET                     individual
             m
                                                                                  m
             e                                                                    e
             m          Transmission                                              m
             o                                                                    o
             r                                                                    r
             y                                                                    y
    "Active Citizenship for Migrants"




    Within the confines of the second module the pilot group was
     familiarized with the way of searching the news in Internet and the
     possibility of creating their own blogs (devoted to the migrants’
     experiences, common history, common habits).

    Then the participants were instructed how to:
               start to publish a web page, a blog or build a website for very little
                initial cost. Publishing and maintaining large, professional websites full
                of attractive, diverse and up-to-date information is still a difficult and
                expensive proposition, however

               start photoblog and diary on-line

               alphabetic search

               use patterns (offered by internet portals) to create blogs
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"




                   Module 3 – social-cultural image

   The basis of the second module was the theory by A. Tudor who lists
    two kinds of medial condition of communication process:
         1. social
         2. cultural

   The Internet teaches social and cultural bahaviour. There is the
    possibility to find in the Internet many information about the
    individual and group reception of news. The Internet is the source of
    information about past and nowadays.
The model of the social-cultural image by A. Tudor
                           Culture



          Learning                          Learning
        expectations        Defines       expectations
                           language




                         INTERNET
   A sender                                      An audience




           Social           Defines          Social
        condition of       situation      situation of
          sender                           audience



                       Social structure
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"



   Within the confines of the third module the pilot group was
    familiarized with the socio-cultural function of Internet

   Then the participants were instructed:
              how to search the information about cultural-social behavior (e.g.
               www)
              how to search local newspaper in Internet
              how to search for the keyword-driven Internet research using search
               engines like Yahoo! and Google. Millions of people worldwide have
               easy, instant access to vast and diverse amount of online information.
               Compared to encyclopedias and traditional libraries, the World Wide
               Web has enabled sudden and extreme decentralization of
               information and data
              About the way of searching (advanced, elementary)
              About the way of writing the entry
              About the way of making the entry detailed
              About the possibility of displaying of research results
   After workshops we asked the participants to fill in the questionnaire and
    point to the function which internet can fulfill in migrants life

                                         Conclusion
   Internet:
            has made possible entirely new forms of social interaction, activities and organizing,
             thanks to its basic features such as widespread usability and access
            has the ability to join dispersed individuals in one national/international auditorium –
             dispersed family can contact in real time
            integrates migrants in internal/external society
            builds the common cultural/national identity
            propagates the common system of values, ideas, news
            fulfils the function of functional/practical integration – levels the conflict, make easier
             the cooperation
            fulfils the function of normative integration – learns acceptation of common norms
             and values
            offers the synthesis of social experiences
            shows the common elements
            builds the international culture (without time and spaces)
            strengthens the mobility
            widens the public sphere
            increases the commercializing of culture
"Active Citizenship for Migrants"

                                         Evaluation

1) Are the workshops useful in your job, according to you?
        18 persons – yes, they are
        4 persons – no, they are not
2) Are the workshops interesting and clear?
        22 persons – yes, they are

3) Do you think the teaching materials are interesting?
        20 persons – yes, they are
        2 persons – not, they are not

4) Are you going to use the new contact and materials to further
    cooperation/preparation of your own projects?
        10 persons – yes, I am
        5 persons – I do not know
        7 persons – no, I am not

5) Would you like to participate in similar workshops?
        18 persons – yes, I would like to
        4 persons – no, I would not like to
Thank you for your attention 

				
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