Creative methods for successful inclusion in multicultural schools

Social integration is the movement of minority groups such as ethnic minorities, refugees and underprivileged sections of a society into the mainstream of societies. Creative Learning (CLEAR) is an improvisational, non-exhibitional, process-oriented form of theatre, where participants are guided by a leader to imagine, enact, and reflect on experiences real and imagined. Creative Learning takes children’s natural world, creative play, and develops it further, using theatre techniques, to create learning experiences which are for the participants.

Creative Learning is a teaching method for the traditional elementary schools. However, this method is appropriate and applicable to schools and classes with groups of children in need of social integration/incluA prologue to the method of Creative Learning as a tool for social inclusion & integration sion. We refer mainly to groups of children that arrived in Europe due to the recent refugee crisis and face rather hostile social and religious circumstances; they are often unable to adapt to everyday living, since the new environment is contradictory to their usual customs and their local traditional culture. These children, same as their families facing social barriers, choose isolation under the pressure of the new social prerequisites that seem incomprehensible.

Creative Learning aims to become a useful tool for all those involved in the educational process and provide material for significant experiments at school. Creative Learning addresses mainly to teachers and concerns primary education. It has theoretical and practical character. Simultaneously it could be the schooling method and the teaching means to integrate children that remain isolated due to the for ementioned reasons.