In 2013 Plain Ink was selected among the winners of the “Intercultural Innovation Award”,an award given by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group to innovative projects that foster intercultural dialogue and cooperation.
Thanks to the support provided by the Award, Plain Ink was able to carry out two-hour workshops for 66 classes at 9 different primary schools across 3 provinces (Milan, Monza and Brianza, Lecco) throughout the months of October, November and December 2013.
Involving a total of 1378 school children (19% of which with an immigrant background), Plain Ink employed its books Luna (Italian/Arabic) and The Pink Elephant Gang (Italian/Hindi) to discuss intercultural understanding within primary schools and involve the children in hands-on activities.
The workshops were extremely well received and got positive reviews by the teachers and the schools. Several classes organized, moreover, independent, follow-up activities on the themes presented by our workshops, like:
• exhibition on the rights of the children, with a focus on immigration;
• child-written monographies and texts on the meaning of interculturalism and prejudice;
• in-classroom activities linked to geography, religions an foreign languages.