Common Good


Gathering The Voices

The aim of Gathering the Voices is to educate future generations about the dangers of racism.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Entrepreneurial mind-set
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
The aim of Gathering the Voices is to educate future generations about the dangers of racism. The project has gathered over 40 interviews from refugees from Nazism and has placed them on a website: Students would be expected to use the resources available on the website and link with their discipline knowledge to interact with the general public, fellow students and school children P7 – S3. There is no time limit, rather it is intended that students embark on their own project and liaise closely with members of the Gathering the Voices Association.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
As more refugees are fleeing from their original countries, it is essential that communities understand how moving to a new country can impact on the individual and how much these individuals can offer their new country of residence. The refugees from the Holocaust arrived in the UK as children; many never saw members of their families again yet they made lives for themselves in Scotland. The Holocaust is not only about concentration camps, horrendous though they were; it is about the destruction of cultures, families and society. Racism starts in small ways and grows very quickly if not checked. The refugees’ testimonies illustrate this in great detail.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
This project has received national and international recognition. To have this on a student’s cv is an amazing opportunity. Some students may decide to further their studies about the subject of the Holocaust, others will find their lives enriched by engaging with the Project. To date anyone who has engaged with Gathering the Voices have said that it was the most worthwhile project they have worked on.
Success stories
Students designed prototypes for the travelling exhibition and presented their ideas at the National Holocaust event in Stirling. Students and graduates developed serious computer games, at a Games Jam, one of which is on the GtV website: Marion’s Journey. Students designed the cover of Saskia Tepe’s book. Students presented to an international audience at the Scottish Parliament. Students used music to develop ‘a happening’ with primary pupils and presented their work at the City Chambers.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
Which students can participate in this activity?
All students
Name: Dr Angela Shapiro
Role: GCU Honorary Fellow
Department/School: Gathering The Voices Project/Community Engagement