SOS MEDITERRANEE e.V.
Apathy of youth towards the situation of migrants is present throughout Europe. The project seeks to create empathy towards the lifeworlds of people on the move and encourage youth to become democratic agents of change. Based on a theatre play, youth will enact the testimonies of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and the experiences of rescue teams in a workshop. The project aims to engage students in a critical discussion, linking them to the larger issue of how Europe responds to migration.
Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, Italy, Greece and Sweden, with potential to scale up.
Through the re-enactment of testimonies, we are raising awareness about the situation in the Mediterranean. The youth will engage in critical democratic discussions revolving around migration and hopefully motivate them to pro-actively diffuse this knowledge within their own communities.
Through critical engagement and discussion about the realities of migration policies, we seek to increase the interest of youth for them to become agents of change on how to deal with migration and create a more organized movement working within their communities towards better migration policies.
We will bring together students (15-19), a local rescue member, a person who crossed the Mediterranean and a theatre pedagogue for the theatrical framework. Our unique approach is the use of testimonies collected on board our rescue vessel (first-hand accounts of the dangerous crossing to Europe). The rescuer and the person who fled will function as a mediators, giving insights into the realities of forced migration. Thereby, creating a space for critical discussion in an additional workshop.
Enabling youth to understand the real-life consequences of migration policies might create new perspectives on responses to people making their way to Europe. We believe that our unique perspective as a maritime humanitarian organization can add valuable insights.
For the European youth and their involvement in a global challenge unfolding at the European border. With their engagement for migration policies in Europe, they will transform Europe’s path towards more solidarity and humanity. Also giving a voice to people risking their life seeking safety.
We would like to receive advice and feedback as well as sharing experiences on the organization of workshops with teenagers and the stimulation of creative debates over pluralistic perspectives towards migration.