ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OCEAN (TRIANGULAR TRADE). AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE BASED ON THE ARTS IN THE FIELD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
This article is the result of the project carried out with a group of students from 4th grade of Secondary Education in the El Chaparil High School, in the town of Nerja in Malaga, Spain. In the current situation on the Costa del Sol, we are witnessing an increasing diversity of students, their sociocultural levels, special needs, ages and the presence of foreign students.
With this project we tried to raise awareness of the individual within the group and promote the integration of students in the classroom as well as tackling the inequality between men and women, develop interest in learning, innovation and quality, enhancing the reflective, critical and creative thinking.
The meaning of the project was explained to the students and they were encouraged to investigate the Triangular Trade, trade route between Africa, America and Europe, where slaves were used to obtain large economic benefits.
Students made foam puppet about 100 centimeters tall, representing each of the characters in the play written by Ann Roccard, wich was adapted by Aránzazu Nuñez and staged by her students of French. Later, the students would add the characteristics they thought were necessary in each case: hair, clothes... of sailor, foreman and slaves. To do this, they had to learn about the hairstyles and clothing of the period on each continent. Designing and developing a whole wardrobe enabled them to overcome the stereotypes about male and female jobs. Thus, by learning the value of diversity, we were able to tackle the equality between men and women, between people of different races, as well as between the rich and the poor, fostering a sense of moral and social responsibility.