We present Ingrid Ramberg from the Multicultural Centre in Botkyrka as the workshop leader during the week.
Hi Ingrid, would you like to tell us about yourself?
My name is Ingrid Ramberg and I’m the editor at the Multicultural Centre in Botkyrka. I’m
fortunate enough to have been invited to the Literacy for all seminar in the role as workshop leader during the afternoon sessions.
I started my working life in the late 70’s being a teacher in Swedish as a second language. During one period I was instead a part-time busdriver – a different kind of arena for social interaction compared to the classroom. That job took me around Stockholm at night, and it also gave me the opportunity to drive former pupils and families to Turkey for their summer holidays.
This was in the late 80’s and I was into exploring the ideas and expectations regarding education and learning processes that I met as a teacher among precisely children from Turkey and their parents. What does school mean as an everyday routine, or as an investment opportunity? To be a listener or to join discussions in the village café, the suburbia prayer room or from behind the steering wheel was a very valuable experience. Later I had the possibility to write about my queries regarding the meaning of things such as school and life …
Since the early 90’s I am part of the staff at the Multicultural Centre, a municipal foundation which aims to be a forum and a meeting place for research and artistic expression relating to migration and social and cultural diversity.
Is there anything you would like to say to the participants?
We will meet far away from everybody’s local and everyday context. Still we will want to tell and know and share as much as possible about our working settings and conditions. Therefore I invite you all to bring a small item or several small items from home.
It could be
- an object that presents your place of work, a photo, a pamphlet, your coffee mug, the most borrowed book – anything that you could show and send around the room;
- an object that tells the rest of the group something about your everyday challenges, just anything that helps you share and the rest of us understand the nature and source of frustrations you encounter;
- an object that could symbolize your dreams for your place of work and the people you work with and for.
Don’t worry if the things may be too simple or stupid – in this seminar there is no such thing! Together we will have an initial presentation and exchange without powerpoints but with our own objects.
Most welcome to what I hope will be a rich and rewarding week of exchange!