In the three years (2017-2020) lasting strategic partnership project “In the footsteps of a migrant”, the four organisations solar e.V. (Germany), Refugee Company (Netherlands), CIDAS (Italy) and Art Fusion (Romania) developed an innovative Educational Life Action Role Play Game (EduLARP) called Minosia Labyrinth.
Minosia Labyrinth as a station based EduLARP gains the opportunity for players to step into the role of migrants, who newly arrive in our fictional European country “Minosia” or in the role of important actors in the receiving society, such as bureaucrats, judges, lawyers or social workers.
Minosia Labyrinth is a non-formal educational toolkit to deal with the topics migration and inclusion on different layers. The consortium was particularly concerned that migration as an everyday phenomenon should not be reduced to flight as it happens in the debate since 2015. Playing Minosia Labyrinth helps to reach the following goals:
Sensitize people on inclusion and integration issues
Show the diversity of migrants and their reasons for migrating
Show the complexity of the migration and inclusion process
Make people reflect on their privileges
Deconstruct stereotypes and prejudices
Raise awareness about historical issues and current global interdependencies
Raise awareness on the historical background of colonialism and current global interdependencies
Show that migration is a fundamental human issue
Minosia Labyrinth is available in five different versions. There is a European version in English, which is focussing on the common procedures, rules and similarities in the migration system and inclusion processes of the involved countries of the European Union. Furthermore there are four additional country versions in the national languages of the partner organisations, which are adapted to the specifics of the migration system and inclusion processes in the countries of the partner organisations. To enable the method to be used as widely as possible, the game is available in a complex and a light edition. The light version can be used with younger people (starting from 14 years) and/or people who have little experience with the bureaucratic and administrative processes involved in migration processes. The complex version is playable with groups where at least some people are more familiar with these bureaucratic and administrative processes or who find it easy to get into such processes. The main target-group of the method are the members of the mainstream society and people that are in work or social related contact with migrants groups. Migrants and newcomers themselves can take part in implementations but should not be the majority of the participants of an implementation.
The project website www.minosia.eu contains the whole package of material needed to play Minosia Labyrinth in all editions and versions. Minosia Labyrinth is published under Creative Commons Licence, which allows user to adapt and develop Minosia Labyrinth further. On the website there are also video tutorials that help facilitator to facilitate the EduLRP, an advertisement video and a forum to exchange experiences with facilitating and to develop the game further.
Beside that each national partner of the developing consortium coordinates a national pool of trained facilitators to implement Minosia Labyrinth with different target groups. Interested institutions may contact their national contact organisation if need support to implement the method within their organisation or with their target-groups.