TLU BY THE CMO – Dutch Centre for Global Education
* Refugees & Asylum Seekers
The teachers involved are Niels Paauw and his collegue Marko Kok from Maaswaal College, Mieke Oosterwijk from Montessori College, Renda Wolthuis from Koningin Wilhelmina College, Karin Peusens from Overbetuwe College and Hans van Gisbergen from Lyceum Elst.
Neils Paauw quoted: “The TLUs are very strong in the removal of knowledge gaps especially on refugee issues, the removal of negative images and tracking down misconceptions (like the everyday language in the mixed up terms: foreigners, migrants, illegal residents, asylum seekers and refugees).”
A student of Maaswaal College said that the first small film in the TLU Refugees & Asylum Seekers was an eye-opener (“Here is an announcement that you may find shocking. You are not as Dutch as you may think you are, you have foreign blood running through your veins.”
Paauw also noted that the TLUs use professional external sources in a clever way (especially the camp Refugee Republic of the Volkskrant), incorporated in the own educational website of CMO.
In the process of building and testing of the TLUs the final product was for teachers more and more clear. Mieke Oosterwijk quotes: “From introduction to closing: to be used directly and logically.” Another said: “I liked it that I could browse the material, background information, stories, films etc. for my own lessons and assignments.” Paauw said: “The imagery is diverse (films, photo’s, here and there a statistic) and on its own (regardless of the context of the assignment) also informative and useful.”
The TLUs were designed in Dutch, but the TLU Refugees & Asylum Seekers is also available in English (http://www.cmo.nl/grenzeloos/index.php/en/). NGOs and teachers in Poland and in Hungary are already using the TLU. Enjoy reading and teaching this material!
ABSTRACT 3: CMO (Netherlands)
REFUGEES AND AYSLUM SEEKERS
Digital TLU: http://www.cmo.nl/grenzeloos/index.php/en/ (TLU in English)
Subject: Foreigners, refugees and asylum seekers
Age: Course material for 15/16 year old high school students
Duration: 2-22 lessons (a free choice out of 11 subjects - 2 hours per subject)
The digital TLU offers a series of courses for groups 3 and 4 for senior general secondary education and pre-university education (to be compared with high schools in the Anglo-Saxon system) concerning the comprehensive subjects ‘Refugees & Asylum Seekers’. The series consists of ten subjects; each of these can be dealt with in two hours ( 2 x 50 minutes), and a conclusion.
The teacher is free to make his or her personal selection of the ten subjects:
In the eleventh and final lesson the pupils will look back at the 10 lessons on refugees based on thirty cartoons. In these cartoons all kinds of aspects of the refugee problems will be shown.
The digital TLU ‘Refugees & Asylum Seekers’ starts with the concept of who is a ‘foreigner’?
An foreigner is someone who is staying in the Netherlands and does not have a Dutch passport.
Usually the presence of foreigners is seen as problematic. In daily conversation the terms foreigners, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and illegal residents are often mixed up, and this is not correct. It is high time to clarify this complicated situation.
The material of ‘Refugees & Asylum Seekers’ for students involves an introduction, educational goals and a number of steps (2-7). Every step leads to a creative final project that has to be done with some classmates.
For teachers, there is a teacher’s guide available for each lesson, containing instructions and suggestions, answers to the questions and key objectives/attainment targets. To get access to the teacher’s guide you need to register in the website.
Link to national curriculum
The Netherlands do not have a national curriculum. What the Netherlands do have are core objectives for the schools in secondary education.
The TLU ‘Refugees & Asylum Seekers’ conforms with the core objectives of geography:
At the end of the assignments students will know the meaning of the following concepts:
(A selection of the most important) Learning objectives
At the end of this lessons for students:
Geographic methodological competence:
Analysis of pull and push factors on refugees and their wish to come to Europe.
Geographic professional competence:
Comprehension the concept of (asylum) migration and the consequences for the Netherlands.
Geographic orientation skills:
Understanding the impact of flight on the daily lives of refugees and new entrants in the Netherlands.
Geographic question competence:
Posing the question why refugees feel themselves forced to flee and try to find their way in a unknown and uncertain situation like the Netherlands.
Political methodological competence:
Analysis of the official asylum policy of the Netherlands and the European Union, based on UN conventions and declarations.
Political professional competence:
Insight in processes of integration, assimilation, separatism and diversity that lead to mutual understanding between refugees and autotochtonous Dutch citizens.
Political decision-making and responsibility:
Indicating how politicians and autotochtonous Dutch citizens try to influence (changes in) the asylum policy.
Political competence of judgement:
Evaluation of the reasons and consequences of the asylum policy on refugees and on autotochtonous Dutch citizens.
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION IN THE HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL DISCIPLINES
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“Critical review of the historical and social disciplines for a formal education suited to the global society”
ABSTRACT 3: CMO (Netherlands)
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