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Kif-kif: Comics for inclusion, 2017 implementation

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Kif-kif: Comics for inclusion is a project of direct engagement with young Spanish Muslims and also immigrants, aimed at strengthening their participation and effective integration into the social environments in which they live, giving value to their cultural roots. Reinforcing these values as something positive and normal among the youth during a stage in which their personalities are being shaped will help to separate them from those environments which exploit feelings of disorientation among the so-called second and third generations of Arab Muslims. The project seeks to operate in the form of a network that interacts with the distinct role players involved in the project’s development from their schools and town halls to their local Muslim communities, mosques, etc.

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Video (English subtitles)

 

OBJETIVES

  1. Promotion of multiculturalism and social integration of Muslim communities and the fight against islamophobia.
  2. Increased involvement and coordination of the various players working within this social sector reaching inter-sectorial agreements developed between organizations at the local, regional and national level.

 

TERRITORIAL ENVIRONMENT OF EXECUTION

The project is being implemented from January 2017 in several public secondary schools in Madrid and Catalonia. In the next school year is going to be implemented in other regions of Spain like Ceuta, Valencia or Murcia.


PHASES OF IMPLEMENTATION

1. The comic

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The main tool used to achieve the objectives set out within this large section of the population is the comic The Outskirts. This comic is the result of the workshops that took place during several months in 2016 in the Secondary School Aurèlia Campany (Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona) with the collaboration of the artist Manu Ripoll.

The comic has been published digitally in Spanish, the other languages spoken in Spain and its territories, English as well as in Dariya (Colloquial Moroccan Arabic). Thus the families and friends of young people in the Arab world can download for themselves the application with the comics in Arabic. In this way the project is also able to stand up against the common stereotyping in Arabic countries of Europe as being islamophobic.

We chose the comic for being an innovative and agile format closely related to the youth of that age. The project benefits from the immediacy of visual narrative when it comes to expressing conflicts, overcoming them and sharing them.

2. Educational materials

Taking advantage of the comic as a creative process, we generated a series of educational materials which address the issue of understanding and integration of these communities, as well as the growth of islamophobia and the struggle against radicalization. The format of these teaching materials is independent of comics so that they can be used in schools and community centers without the need to create the comics again which would be much more complex and costly.

3. The workshops

Using those materials and the comic The Outskirts as a base or a pretext to open discussion about islamophobia, we implement 5 workshops (lasting around an hour each) in each one of the governmental secondary schools chosen for the project.

The first workshop is about multiple identities. Starting from the comic we play in the class with the students with the aim of opening a critical reflection on identity.

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The second workshop is a dramatized reading of those parts of the comic The Outskirts where islamophobia issues or even problems within the Muslim community appear.

The third workshop focuses on women and islamofobia.

The fourth workshop is about the responsibility of mainstream media in our vision of the Muslim communities in Spain and in Europe in general.

The fifth and last workshop is a debate about all the issues that emerged appeared during the previous workshops.

Building on the experience of the Al Fanar Foundation in the world of social comics, both activities and workshops are held in which focus is put on the importance of development of citizenship, intercultural communication and the active creation of participatory elements which reinforce the inclusion and integration of these young people with their non-Muslim peers and their social environment in general.

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INTERNATIONAL IMPACT

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  • 7MEDIA IMPACT
Headline Author  Media Date
Talleres en institutos para no estigmatizar a jóvenes musulmanes, un proyecto para luchar contra la radicalización La Sexta Informativos 16/03/2017
Estudiar Islam contra el radicalismo Pablo Ramiro El País 10/03/2017
Así se combate la radicalización de jóvenes musulmanes desde las aulas Ana del Barrio El Mundo 07/03/2017
Descubre las diferencias entre musulmán, islamista y yihadista David López Canales Eldiario.es 02/02/2017
Arquitecturas de la memoria De lo más natural (RNE) 16/04/2017
Eficaz: Así lucha España contra el reclutamiento de yihadistas entre la población Rusia Todayinformativos 02/03/2017
Las afueras, un cómic contra la islamofobia creado por estudiantes Stefany Rodríguez Navarro Aika 21/02/2017
Kif-kif: cómics por la inclusión Claro de Luna (Tiempo Radio) 17/02/2017
Análisis: El cómic como herramienta contraterrorista Blanca Palacián de Inza IEEE 14/02/2017
Entrevista a Pedro Rojo, presidente de la Fundación Al Fanar CCTV 10/02/2017
Un cómic para luchar contra la islamofobia Víctor Rodríguez SER 07/02/2017
Un cómic que ilustra la presión que sufren las jóvenes musulmanas en España, herramienta escolar contra la islamofobia Europa Press 03/02/2017
Previenen con cómic radicalización Reforma (México) 13/02/2017

 

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