Alola

Device – Educative toolbox
SDG  4. Quality Education
Team Julia Jacques, Claire Glanois, Léa Wlodzarcyck, Aline Martinez
Designed in 2018
Degree of maturity – On Market
 
 
_ Challenge

Encourage understanding, multicultural ties and to celebrate diversity. Due to migration issues, many kids arrive in countries without speaking the langage. Lots of NGO take care of them and are confronted to the fact that they need to find tools to encourage kids from different countries and spoken langages to communicate together. 

 

_ Approach & Solution

Alola designs and distributes a method and tools for facilitating and promoting exchanges between children of different cultures and origins in their free time. Alola addresses the UN’s Quality Education and Reduced Equalities Goals. Due to migration issues, many kids arrive in countries without speaking the langage.

Increasing Opportunities for Play Through Local Stakeholders. Alola – for “Allô là!” (Hello there!) – is palindromic, that is to say it reads the same left to right as it does right to left. The Alola name was chosen by its creators to symbolize the importance of exchanging between cultures. Alola has designed six activity and game packs for children designed to be proposed at workshops organized in partnership with two kinds of association: those organizing extracurricular activities for schoolchildren, such as day camps, community centers and summer camps, and those providing assistance to immigrant families. By inviting local associations to co-organize the children’s workshops, and by providing them with the tools and a method, Alola intends increasing the opportunities for children from different backgrounds to learn about and understand each other and build ties, in the space of an afternoon or morning. It’s an excellent way to prevent exclusion while furthering the understanding of diversity.

Six Workshops, Six Toolboxes and One Common Thread. Each of the six workshops covers a different theme: food, tales, language, music, clothing and cities. The topics have been devised to allow children both to talk about their own world and to learn about the others’, while avoiding traumas or painful memories that may be difficult to communicate. Each workshop has its own toolbox providing up to five different activities. The activities are fun, the games sensory. The workshops is divided into four distinct periods in a set sequence: the session starts with a warm-up period in which everyone introduces themselves and gets to know the others; a sensory activity follows, centered on a “magic object” that acts as a mediator and helps the children get into the spirit of things; the third period involves a proper game, with its own rules that the players can fine-tune as they play; the workshop ends with a creative activity. All the children do not share the same mother tongue and, in fact, those who attend are in the process of mastering the local vernacular at disparate levels. The activities Alola proposes allows these potential language barriers to be bypassed through the use of pictures, smells, sounds, gestures and words, thanks to play and the momentum generated by everyone’s participation.

An Open-Source Platform for a Method Without Frontiers. In addition to its work in France, where workshops are organized with local partners, Alola will be setting up a website accessible to any person or association interested in its tools, to encourage them to do the same thing all over the world. This open-source platform will provide details of the various tools that have been designed as well as guidelines for their use. A dedicated space will be set aside for participants to provide Alola with feedback and suggestions.

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