Saturday, 15 March 2008

Camarada celebrating 25 years

Camarada, a Genevan training and drop-in centre for migrant women is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.
The centre began teaching language skills using the Silent way method based on Caleb Gattegno's pedagogical methods.
Some of the women who use the centre have been interviewed and there is an online exhibition based on some of their life stories. It's called from speaking to writing (De l'oral à l'écrit).
A number of events are planned for the month- long aniversary, including a brunch tomorrow with a podium discussion on integration and some theatre.
Language is an essential part of integration, linking language learning to practical training in other areas has been one of Camarada's great strengths and the centre has won several awards over the years. Keeping the funding for it has been a struggle at times I'm sure. Yet ,these sorts of centres achieve the most when they are local long-term initiatives, so it's really good to be able to report on a success story.
You can listen to interviews with some of the women here.