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An Intergenerational Journey

Learning through exploring

Through inter-generational workshops, community engagement and outreach, participants of all ages learnt about the culture, history, traditions and heritage of Sunderland's Bangladeshi community. 

This programme of learning helped to bridge the gap between generations and cultures by bringing diverse groups of people together, with the aim of promoting tolerance understanding and knowledge of our cultural history  across Sunderland.

This learning journey across cultures, ages and abilities used a method known as Storyline, alongside intergenerational practice, oral history methods and creative expression.

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The Storyline method is a educational strategy for "active learning," Storyline establishes a positive environment to develop a productive collaboration between the facilitator and the learners.
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Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities.

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Oral history presents its audience, with an opportunity to listen, and watch an individual’s account of an event, of people, of places, of communities. It is a re-telling of a time and a place that adds potentially new and fresh evidence to our understanding of ‘the past’.

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Expressive arts provides an opportunity to engage with creative learning. It includes art and design, dance, drama and music. Through learning in expressive arts you get the chance to find out about other cultures, lives and communities. 
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Our Roots, Our Journey, Our City
Through a series of oral history interviews, images and ephemera, the stories of Sunderland's Bangladeshi community are told.

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