Exploring identity through art

educator’s guide
a resource on
migration and
Positive Images
Positive Images was a three-year Europewide project led by the British Red Cross
to promote positive attitudes among 12
to 25 year olds towards vulnerable
Run in partnership with 14 European Red
Cross national societies, Positive Images
will have reached three million people
across the continent by the end of 2011.
Positive Images Toolkit
The educator’s guide is a set of ten
educational activities for teachers,
youth workers and other educators to
teach young people about migration
and development.
The activities are most suitable for
young people, aged 12 and over.
Themes of the toolkit
1. Why do people migrate?
2. Who are migrants?
3. Migration patterns and journeys
4. Positive images
Each theme consists of up to four
educational activities, each activity lasting
about one hour. Activities can be taught in
a sequence, gradually progressing into
more in depth explorations of the issues.
By the end of the activities young people will:
• have enhanced knowledge of the humanitarian
aspect of migration.
• have greater awareness of development
• have a greater understanding of migration.
• be able to recognise different points of view on
migration in the media.
• be better able to relate issues of migration to
themselves and their communities.
• be empowered to take action on migration and
The resources use active teaching
methodologies including:
– Role play
– Simulation
– Quiz
– Videos
– Small group work
– Debating
Taking Action
• Educators can use activities in this resource to
facilitate learning and then enable young people
to take action on migration and diversity.
• The inspire me! sections of the worksheets
include real life case studies of actions that
young people have taken.
• The action planning worksheets at the end of
the educator’s guide is a set of six steps that can
support young people to plan their action
 After learning about migration through the Positive
Images toolkit activities, 30 pupils (aged 12/13) made
photographic self portraits holding up labels for
 These formed the outside label of a tin can.
 The contents of the can included a fuller picture of the
individual’s identity and included details such as
personal information, their story and life history.
A group of young people worked together to create a
short message and an image promoting acceptance and
understanding towards migrants.
They uploaded the message and image to their
Facebook profile and sent it to their friends on
International Migrants Day on 18 December.
It reached 10,000 people!
Additional Resources…
Over the coming months, the
Humanitarian Education team in Northern
Ireland will be working to produce:
• NI specific case studies in partnership with
organisations working directly with
vulnerable migrants
• A Northern Ireland specific
quiz, challenging myths about
migrants in our context
Relevance to CRED Policy
CRED policy acknowledges the increasing
diversity of the population within Northern
Issue of how migrants to Northern Ireland
are treated by the indigenous population
A need to promote acceptance and
respectful interaction with migrants
Equality of opportunity
> The role of bystanders
> Humanitarian acts
> Limiting the devastation of war
> Child soldiers
> Violations of IHL
> Needs that arise from devastation
> Action projects to promote human dignity
How British Red Cross can support you
> Download a copy of the resource from
CPD training Positive Images In-service training (approximately 3 hours)
Youth Worker training course
> School speaker volunteers available to deliver sessions
For more information call 028 9073 5360
Thank you!