Beyond Colours: Learning solidarity at school

An education manual on diversity and solidarity for educators


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About the project Edit

The Beyond Colours manual is a practical tool that supports professionals in their intercultural and solidarity educational initiatives. In an environment that is both global and individual, it seems necessary to develop citizen education that takes into account global issues and individuals’ realities. This education is based on the values of respect and solidarity.

By understanding how we construct representations, we can adopt a fair perspective and see diversity as an unending source of learning. From points of reflection and concrete accounts, this manual allows you to deepen your reflection on educational practices. It clearly identifies the necessary skills for students and teachers to develop respect and solidarity that are in line with formal instructions.

The proposed methodological approach is based on many examples of practices that represent various educational contexts. So that everyone can find the necessary resources for their classes, we also suggest using benchmarks to choose tools and relevant animations in terms of your educational goals and the values that you defend.

A key player in world citizen education in Flemish Belgium, Studio Globo has 30 years of experience providing educational reflection and concrete methodology to develop diversity and solidarity education at school. Thanks to the partnership with the Gaïa Centre, the Beyond Colours manual is currently available and adapted for the French teaching public.

“The end of the year is approaching. I was moving towards unseen failure with this group of students when I found the strength necessary to attempt a final experience with them. As they could not support each other, they reacted badly to grownups. They had to be thrown off centre, to look beyond themselves, their class, their lives… It seemed obvious to me, but we had to think about it!

And then, a miracle! The young people merged into their role and after two and a half hours of playing, of total immersion, out of their mouths, we heard words like ‘solidarity’, ‘mutual help’, ‘unite’, ‘live better together to celebrate’…”

- Christine, teacher in Villeneuve d’Ascq, after the Senegal immersion workshops at the Gaïa Centre


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This manual is based on concrete examples of projects carried out in Belgian and French schools. Practical questions and accounts allow educators to gradually put into place their diversity and solidarity education projects.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

It helps build citizenship at an international level, developing every individual’s capacity to live in a multicultural society.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Available in Dutch and French, this manual can be distributed at a European level and to the entire Francophone world.

It allows every teacher to incorporate citizenship education that is open to the world and integrate every diversity in his/her class.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Since 2003, Studio Globa and the Gaïa Centre have developed original education tools on solidarity and international citizenship. In order to support teachers and leaders in their educational initiatives on diversity and solidarity, the two partners provide this manual as a training support.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Studio Globo and the Gaïa Centre are two education associations in development and international citizenship located in Belgium and France respectively. They have been working together on the European program Interreg for several years now.


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