Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. For us, as teachers, our daily work involves institutionalized teaching and learning in relation to a curriculum but we can’t forget that any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. It’s here where our Erasmus+ project fits, preparing students for life as active citizens.

This is the blog specially created for the ERASMUS+ project called It's my life, it's my choice Here there are the 5 EUROPEAN schools working together in this challenger adventure:

1- The Coordinating school: LAUDIO BHI from Laudio (SPAIN)
2.- GROTIUSCOLLEGE, Delft (The Netherlands)
3.- NORGARDENSKOLAN, Uddevalla (Sweden)
5.- LYCEE AORAI, Pirae (French Polynesia)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Immigrants from the past and nowadays in The Basque Country.

An important point in our project was to investigate and learn about relationships.  And here we wanted to focus in immigrants and refugees.
In the last years, here in our school, it is more and more often to have students coming from other countries among us.
We see them every day close to us but rarely do we ask ourselves for the reason they or they families had to come to live to our town. We don’t normally know about the problems they have to face in their daily lives to come to school.

In fact we don’t even realize that a lot of our families were also immigrants some years ago. Our parents or grandparents came from other communities in Spain and now we consider ourselves Basques, exactly the same as those ones whose families have been living here for generations.
We don’t know if the problems that the immigrants coming nowadays and the problems our relatives had some years ago are similar or if they also suffered from discrimination and racism.
Between the 50s and the 80s a lot of people, mainly coming from other communities in Spain, arrived to the Basque Country seeking for a better or easier life for themselves and their families.
People left rural and poor areas like Andalusia and Extremadura towards richer and more industrial zones like Madrid, Catalonia or the Basque Country.
In Spain, the Civil War induced a revival of rural activity, with the number of people working in agriculture increasing between 1930 and 1940. However, this meant a surplus of badly paid people in agriculture which would lead eventually to a massive exodus from the rural areas during the 1940's and continuing through the 1950's and 1960's.
The period 1960-1973 is known as a very intensive period for internal migration as well as for emigration abroad. It was a period of strong economic growth but with very substantial regional differentials. People left rural and poor areas towards the richer industrial towns.
But what happens over recent years? Most immigration to the Basque country now comes from abroad, chiefly from South America or northern Africa. And we wanted to know if the reasons are similar and if the conditions that these new immigrants face every day can be comparable along the years.

We have prepared a video with interviews to people who came to our town in the 50s and 60s and also to people who have recently come to live among us.

We have asked them the same questions because we wanted to know their reasons to come to Laudio and also if their conditions, and problems could be comparable. 

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