The Multicultures Project
Multicultures was a participatory arts and community development program for schools. It involves students, school administration, teachers, parents, local government and community organisations. Multicultures aims to support young people’s development, and create a school and community culture of unity and harmony.
The project involved many partners. D:create’s artistic Director, Deanna Borland-Sentinella was a founding coordinator and faciliator in bringing the project to life.
The main success factors or core elements of the Multicultures Project were….
1: Shared philosophy and methodology– For the project to develop depth and breadth over a sustained period developing a shared approach was a vital starting point.
2: Partnership Implementation Team – Shared outcomes were delivered when the project brought together workers from a number of organisations. In this way we were able to meet the agendas of individual organisations and the project as a whole.
3: Programs of Cultural Leadership Development for Young People – Multicultures used creative arts processes to deliver workshop programs for all students (not segregated cultural groups), growing connections and encouraging students to each see themselves as leaders in creating a peaceful, unified community. The following leadership framework was used to underpin the work: Managing Yourself, Connecting With Others, Making a Difference.
4: Community Connections Program – Multicultures worked actively with the wider community, including parents, teachers, staff, community leaders and community organisations to build strong networks which support young people.
5: Evaluation – Evaluation was a key element of the project, building an evidence base and credibility for Multicultures activities.
EVALUATION QUESTIONS: Action Research
- Are the various components of the project cost-effective?
- Are some components more valuable than others?
- Can the effective components of the project be replicated elsewhere?
- How can the design and implementation of the project components be improved?
RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Pre to Post Project
- Has the school culture become more harmonious?
- Have the multiple cultures represented within the school become more integrated?
- Has the level of participation by students in school activities increased?
- Has the level of parent/community engagement with the school increased?
- Has the focus on excellence increased?
- Has the focus on learning increased?
- Has the level of job satisfaction for teachers increased?
|“I learnt that I can be someone I want and that it ain’t all about fighting”
|“Cultural leaders helps kids come out of their comfort zone and show more leadership. It’s a great experience and everybody should be allowed to give it a go.” – yr11 student
From the teachers surveyed assisting Cultural Leaders:
– 100% recommended that the program be run again.
– 60% teachers said “the program exceeded my expectations- I was amazed at what was achieved!”
|“it was the best roll-up of parents for a long time”.
Deputy Principal, Greg Smith
“The cultural diversity in the room was fantastic and people respected different view points and used them as a spring board for adding their own opinions.” Parent at making pathways forum———————————-“The values Respect, Friendship and Sharing identified by students, are part of every program we develop” – Dr Andrea Baldwin
project reports can be downloaded for more information