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Humanities 2018, 7(2), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7020053

Sharing Histories: Teaching and Learning from Displaced Youth in Greece

Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6, Canada
Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 13 May 2018 / Accepted: 21 May 2018 / Published: 25 May 2018
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This paper reflects upon my experiences teaching and learning from displaced youth in Greece over a period of eight months in 2017. Following a brief examination of the current challenges in accessing formal education, I examine non-formal education initiatives, summarizing my work with two NGOs in Athens and Chios where I taught lessons in English on ancient Greek art, archaeology, history, and literature. In offering these lessons, my hope was to do more than simply improve students’ language skills or deposit information: I wanted to examine the past to reflect upon the present, exploring themes of migration, forced displacement, and human belonging. Moreover, I wanted to engage students in meaningful connection, to the past and to the present, to one and to others, as a means of building community in and beyond the classroom, at a time when many were feeling alienated and isolated. This paper, therefore, outlines the transformational, liberating learning that took place, citing ancient evidence of displacement and unpacking modern responses by those currently displaced. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeology; art; displaced youth; Greece; history; learning; Syria archaeology; art; displaced youth; Greece; history; learning; Syria
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