An interactive map was created with Syrian refugees living in Germany. The refugees were invited to a workshop session, where they were taught the basics of interactive maps in the web and computer usage, in order to tag points of interest in a map. The POIs were supposed to be helpful for new coming refugees, so they can orient themselves better around the Siegen-Wittgenstein area. The data collected will be helpful for the research project “Nett-Werkzeug”, which focuses on helping refugees and volunteers to get in contact and provide various services (such as the already described map, translator exchange service).
Team Members: Sujood Al Haj, Ali Abu Hijleh, David Amend, Renad Khateeb, Marios Mouratidis, Sarah Rüller, Adham Sweedan
A very obvious issue found in Palestine was a rather nonreflective handling of garbage by locals. A lot of throw away cutlery is used at the university and other places the students visited. So, one team came up with the idea of producing edible cutlery. Prototypes made from a special bread dough were created and tested in Palestine. In Germany, this concept continued with the creation of moulds (by using 3D printers and silicone) and a local venue offered the participants a contract. The team also organized a plastic bag prank in a Palestinian supermarket. Customers of the supermarket were charged a small fee for the, usually free, bags their groceries were put in.
Team Members: May Abdelrahim, Sondos Dahbour, Dina Haddad, Ramsis Kilani
Al-Amari Refugee Camp is close to Ramallah city center. In the camps’ youth club was an abandoned computer room with some old terminals and electronic learning kits. The students got into contact with the club administration, got the permission to reopen it and started a workshop series about electronics, with refugee kids (boys and girls) aged 10 to 13. The workshop series took place on a weekly basis from April until August 2016 (when the Palestinian exchange students visited Germany). The club is now active and ethnographic research is still being conducted; based on this research, a poster and a long abstract were published at the ACM GROUP 2016 conference.
Konstantin Aal, Marios Mouratidis, Anne Weibert, and Volker Wulf. 2016. Challenges of CI Initiatives in a Political Unstable Situation – Case Study of a Computer Club in a Refugee Camp. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 409-412. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2957276.2996281
Team Members: Ali Abu Hiljeh, Renad Khateeb, Marios Mouratidis, Adham Sweedan
Some students found out that there is a lot of unused space in the crowded city of Ramallah. They came up with the idea to use these unused urban areas (like rooftops) for gardening. This approach also implied, by the materials used, another problem – namely garbage and waste. In workshops with Palestinian refugee children, a vegetable and herb (tomatoes, mint, cucumbers, lettuce) garden was created, by using empty plastic bottles as planters. The children would learn about empowerment, responsibility and being self-sustainable.
During the period in Germany, many Palestinian students requested to work with Syrian refugees. In cooperation with a local refugee camp, the team presented the idea to the inhabitants of the camp. The refugees liked the idea, so a garden was built as well.
Impression from the workshop in Palestine
Impressions from the workshop in Germany
Team Members: David Amend, Sarah Rüller, Ala Abou Fara, Yara Al Shafie
A group of students wanted to create a documentary about this program to create a multimedial artefact of cultural exchange between the western and Arab world, to tackle skewed media images from both sides and offer an accessible and portable experience of both cultures. This and further work is planned to be exhibited in Siegen (and other museums) in spring 2017 in collaboration with an artist from cologne.
Team Members: Mahmood Abdelkareem, Aydin Cosgun, Rand Inaim
A team of students started campaigns to raise awareness for people with special needs in Palestine and Germany, especially deaf people. Posters and stickers were designed in German and Arab promoting sign language. Also, a website was created with further information on their mission called Hal Tafhamni – Do you unterstand me? (http://www.haltafhamni.com/)
Team Members: Anke Freuwört, Dina Haddad, Renad Khateeb, Jenny Kolloch, David Struzek, Laiana Obada Maswada
Amal is a Point and Click Adventure that aims to support intercultural exchange between Palestine and Germany.
The videogame tells the story of a small girl (Amal) doing various tasks in a Palestinian refugee camp. The purpose of the game is to enable the player an access to Palestinian socio-cultural conditions regarding refugees and also to their values, beliefs and culture in general. Amal is open source and as of now, is available on Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and Android.
Amal is developed with the open source engine godot.