Kitoko is a word in the Lingala language that means “beautiful”. The children from the Three2Six Project have chosen the word to be the name of the educommunication project developed by the volunteers with them.
The project aims to stimulate the critical thinking of the children and their protagonist, as well as giving voice to their ideas, thinkings and perceptions as refugees and migrants from their families home countries. Creating a belonging relationship as with their culture as with the South African culture, the country where they live.
The purpose is to produce a radio program as a test of the educommunication methodology that supposes the infant’s participation in the education process, using communication tools. The big theme will be the migration and territory, which we will approach the migration ways as the forced migration, which is the refugee. The subtheme is the identity, being these the thread that conducts the workshops, where we will approach each day a different theme, but having as the focus to strengthen the cultural identity of each child and their belonging relationship with the country where they live.
When we promote the children participation we show to them how capable and autonomous they are to learn and discover the world, as we strengthen the sense of citizenship and society. We chose the radio language because of the resources that we have available in the project: the iPads. And because this is a language that preserves the child image as being one of Three2Six’s principles.
In the first meeting with the children, the discussion was of what they knew about the radio and a radio program and that was possible for them to work with equipment to produce their own radio program during the classes. They even discussed about their identities, what they liked about themselves, what was around them and what are their dreams.
In the second meeting, the learners had a game to show the importance of working as a group and to show how society works, with people doing different functions to build something together. They still had time to start to plan what they would like to do as a function in the radio program.
The third meeting has a discussion about gender inequality. To start, the children had an icebreaker with a game to show the difference between listen and hear. After the icebreaker, the discussion was focused in asking the children what are the differences between men and woman and if there is a treatment difference between then too and what are these differences.
As the first subject about listening and hearing, the volunteers showed and practised with the children how to interview someone and how important is to listen to the other person when you’re doing an interview. One boy and one girl were separated to interview each other.
The next meeting was about how they see themselves and what they want for them. During the meeting they had to make a drawing of themselves and later explain to the group what things and details they had put on the drawing. It showed how they create an image of who they are and at the same time they put in the paper the idea of what they want to be too.
The next meeting had a big decision for the children, to choose the name of the radio program. They brought words that they liked in English and in their native languages to share with the others and to decide which would be the name of the program. The words that were most chosen by them came to be voted by the children and the word Kitoko, from Lingala, which means “beautiful” in English, was the chosen word.