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From words to action!

10 Jan

On the 20th of December 2012, the corridors of St-Luc High-School were stirring with action. A theatre performance was coming to an end, Christmas decorations were appearing and a humming noise was becoming louder and louder…

A humming noise you say? Tam-Tams actually! One of the civic duty mediators was giving the tempo for the arrival of his friends to perform their cyberbullying spoken word, first in a bustling cafeteria.

 

spoken word performance in the cafeteria

spoken word performance in the cafeteria

The last « SAD, SAD, SAD! » chorus finished, the little group set out for a second, then a third performance in the busy school corridors.

SAD!

SAD!

Their spoken word performance, featuring a text by Janet, a beat by Fabrice and a tam-tam played by Loïc, foretells the mediators’ engagement in the fight against all forms of bullying and uncivil behaviour in their school and community which will come to a close in April, with the Civic Duty Week. We have no doubt that their engagement will extend well beyond this date!

the text

the text

Go mediators!

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Civic Responsibility Mediators

10 Déc

This past October, we met the Civic responsibility mediators of the École secondaire St-Luc. This group of 15 girls and boys were recruited by their (incredible and passionate!) Ethics teacher, for them to make sure other students act respectfully and safely towards one another during lunch time and break, both within and around the school.

Within their mediator roles, the students have to come up with a project on the topic of civis responsibility to raise awareness within the school around one or more issues that are important to them and that relate to the security and inclusion of everyone in the school, while respecting their community at large.

The mediators engaged in a social cartography exercise where everyone mapped their neighbourhoods, communities, important things and things they wish would change in their communities

The mediators engaged in a social cartography exercise where everyone mapped their neighbourhoods, communities, important things and things they wish would change in their communities

It is in this context that we offered for them to take part in My City, My Safety! It was pretty good timing… We were looking for new groups for the last year of the project, and we had workshops and resources to offer for them to identify the problems that exist in their neighbourhood and school in relation to safety and inclusion. We also wanted to explore with them the difference between girls and boys’ perception of safety, the different (or not!) issues that both face and how this can affect their community engagement and participation in city space.

Participants play "draw me a safety principle" (based on the Equitas Draw me a Right game)

Participants play « draw me a safety principle » (based on the Equitas Draw me a Right game)

Picture taken by the group of boys during a safety audit walk of their neighbourhood. We separated the guys from the girls  to see if their observations would be different

Picture taken by the group of boys during a safety audit walk of their neighbourhood. We separated the guys from the girls to see if their observations would be different

Picture taken by the girls during the walk. Just like the guys, they identified maintenance problems which sometimes give the neighbourhood a bad rep.

Picture taken by the girls during the walk. Just like the guys, they identified maintenance problems which sometimes give the neighbourhood a bad rep.

The mediators participated in cartography workshops both individually and in groups, a safety audit walk, a training in leadership and animation with  L.O.V.E, and as of today, we are supporting them in coming up with a concept for their intervention to sensitize their peers, with the help of Farah Fancy, an artist/choreographer/performance/movement therapy (!) with the Julio Hong collective.

Variation on the three legged race, or how to work on a team without injuring yourself!

Variation on the three legged race, or how to work on a team without injuring yourself!

FUN!

FUN!

One group working on their creative group cartography, making a collage of what they liked and how they would improve the neighbourhood

One group working on their creative group cartography, making a collage of what they liked and how they would improve the neighbourhood

 

The second group's collective cartography: they decided to draw around and make a collage of their pictures taken during the safety audit

The second group’s collective cartography: they decided to draw around and make a collage of their pictures taken during the safety audit

So basically… We are just thrilled to be working with the mediators this year!

TO BE CONTINUED