My experience as an intern at Comundos
First of all, I would like to explain what Comundos is for me.
Comundos is an organization that promotes and teaches media literacy and the use of ICT in different countries, coping with the existing obstacles in some regions of the world such as the poor internet connection and lack of technological resources. Comundos not only gives voice to those who don’t have it but also listens carefully to their experiences and stories and gives them the opportunity to share them with the world through digital storytelling. It allows us to learn from each other and carry out intercultural dialogues.
I had the opportunity to do my internship in Comundos while coursing a Master in Educational Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). As a part of my internship, I designed and implemented, together with other members of the organization, some activities/workshops such as a Photography Contest for media coaches and teachers in Cameroon with the aim of implementing it in schools and a Workshop on digital storytelling with VUB students.
In addition, I participated in the design and creation of a video on Populism aimed at making people reflect and develop critical-thinking. An experiment to work on a collective understanding of a certain topic, with people living worldwide.
More focused on education, Bart Vetsuypens (the Director of Comundos) and I created didactical material based on the use of the stories of Comundos and came up with some examples of lessons (e.g. Geography, Language, Climate Change, Gender equality) so that teachers can use them in their schools.
Finally, we have organized SDG-talks with people from all over the world to share our ideas, perceptions and experiences on certain topics.
This experience has made me acquire collaborative, digital, social media management, content design and digital teaching skills, as well as giving me the chance to teach and learn at the same time.
As a social educator and future education scientist, these skills are crucial to promote quality education, sensitize people, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Finally, I want to give a special thanks to Bart, who has taught, empowered and trusted me since the beginning of this process.
Sheila Gálvez Cárdenas, Spain.