ERIC Number: ED235941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Case Study on Hajitkoum, Migrant Cultural Action Group (Brussels, Belgium). The CDCC's Project No. 7: "The Education and Cultural Development of Migrants."
Four years of activities (1978-82) of Hajitkoum (Migrant Cultural Action Group), a predominantly Moroccan multicultural group of young immigrants based in a suburb of Brussels, are described. The group has the ultimate goal of providing the immigrant community with cadres, drawn from its young generations, who will be able to take on political and cultural responsibilities in the Belgian host society. The group's "immigration school" takes place in evenings and on weekends from October to June, and includes French classes for workers and the unemployed, and the Homework School, whose objectives are to enable immigrant adolescents in the school system to cope with obstacles they encounter in school, be aware of their own cultural background, understand the circumstances surrounding migration, and establish special relations with other immigrants. Classes in spoken Moroccan Arabic are also provided, to improve learners' ability to switch from one code (French) to another (Arabic) and interpret French print and television material to family and community. Theater, cinema, and music as means of expression and cultural affirmation are emphasized in training workshops, which have led to writing and production of two plays. All activities are both independent and interdependent; all participants, except those in the Homework School, are both tutors and pupils. (MH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Arabic, Case Studies, Code Switching (Language), Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Dramatics, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, French, Group Dynamics, Group Membership, Immigrants, Language Proficiency, Migrant Education, Native Language Instruction, Nonschool Educational Programs, Program Content, Program Design, School Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Theater Arts, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France).
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Identifiers: Belgium; Moroccans