Welcome to this new issue of our Ethics Education for Children newsletter.
Our work with partners during the last months was very active in several countries, ranging from the organisation of training workshops for educators in collaboration with GNRC Bosnia & Herzegovina and Colombia, a youth camp in the Netherlands jointly organised with United Religions Initiative, as well as the participation in several international conferences in Canada, Israel, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates to promote the important role of education for peacebuilding.
During this period we engaged in partnership with the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building to support their work in the promotion of teacher training to foster education for peace and resilience building and the prevention of violent extremism in the Sahel Region.
An important development during this period was the formation of an Expert Group for the Adaptation of the Learning to Live Together Programme to Middle Childhood, which will respond to the need to bring ethics education to younger children and expand our reach.
Our partners continue to work around the world and this time we are showcasing the inspiring work in Indonesia tackling bullying and violence in schools through the Learning to Live Together Programme.
Last but not least during this period we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Learning to Live Together Programme through several celebrations in many locations around the world and the selection of the winners of the Global Awards for the most inspiring trainers and facilitators, as well as the most transformative implementations and children-led projects. We are truly grateful for all the applications and for the inspiration we have received.
I invite you to read the several news and get in touch to explore collaborations with us.
Maria Lucia Uribe
Director, Arigatou International Geneva
The Value of Play and the Values Through Play, for Refugee Children
by Angeliki Aroni
Dr. Angeliki (Gelly) Aroni, is a Physical Education Teacher and Trainer of the Learning to Live Together Programme.
Playing in itself is valuable for all participating. But utilizing the situations and settings of playing for learning and social processes adds a valuable dimension– in fact, it adds both value and values. This is particularly true for refugee children who are the innocent victims of violence, conflict, war, and displacement, and find themselves in reception, accommodation, refugee -or whatever name we give them- centers all over the world. Playing, for these children, is a valuable vehicle through which they find processes that lead them back to the normality of childhood. Playing contributes to physical health, mental well-being, and social integration by creating "another space"; within the refugee center; a safe environment in which a child can develop physically, emotionally and mentally. Playing releases tension, liberates, opens up creativity, builds relationships, creates conditions for relationships with others, and thus with oneself.
Meet the Learning to Live Together Global Awards Winners
We want to send a big thank you to everyone who applied for the Global Awards and helped make these anniversary celebrations a success. We feel honored, inspired and humbled by each and every application that shows the impact of the Programme at professional, personal and community levels.
Please see the awardees below:
Most Inspiring Children-led Project
Most Transformative Implementation Award
Centro Bartolome de las Casas
Most Committed Trainer Award
Dr. Angeliki Aroni
Mr. Vijayaragavan Gopal
Mr. Larry Madrigal
Most Committed Facilitator Award
Ms. Andrea Flores
Ms. Kaviya Balguruswamy
Mr. Ravichandran Rangasamy
Ms. Andreea Vasile
Learn more about the winners, prizes, and the jury, HERE.
Stories from the Field
Tackling Bullying and Violence in Schools Through Value-based Education in Indonesia
The Learning to Live Together Programme (LTLT) was first introduced to Indonesia during a facilitator training workshop conducted by GNRC South Asia and Arigatou International – Geneva, in partnership with the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO in 2012 and with the help of Ms. Wati Wardani and Mr. Fendra Kusmani. Since then, it has reached more than 1,000 children in more than 30 schools in the country.
A New Initiative
Adapting the Learning to Live Together Programme to Middle Childhood Years
Arigatou International – Geneva has received a strong call from its network of educators to develop a new edition of the Learning to Live Together Programme for younger children. The Geneva office is undertaking the task of coordinating a 2-year-long process of adapting the manual to the ages of 7 to 11.
After conducting an analysis of past experiences of the implementation of the Programme with younger children, a Working Group of experts was formed to advise the process. The group met in Geneva on 20-21 October 2018 to provide recommendations to initiate the adaptation.
Human Rights Council Side Event
Challenging Discrimination and Xenophobia with Education: A Discussion in Light of the 39th Human Rights Council Session
Education can be a tool for refugee or migrant children to integrate into their new host societies and has the potential to empower them to lead a joyful and fruitful life. It is with this idea in mind that a panel discussion on Empowering Youth Through Education: Challenging Xenophobia, Discrimination, and Exclusion among Youth in Europe was held, reflecting on the role of education in fostering more inclusive societies and empowering youth.
The event took place on 24 September 2018, in light of the 39th Human Rights Council session, with the notion of education as a human right in mind, and was organized by Arigatou International - Geneva, together with the Aga Khan Foundation - Portugal; the European Wergeland Center; and the Pontifical Foundation - Scholas Occurrentes.
The Learning to Play Together Booklet is now Available in Romanian
The Good Practices Booklet: Learning to Play Together, has been translated into Romanian language thanks to the joint efforts made by English and Romanian language teachers, as well as literature, physical education, and sports teachers, together with directors of educational institutions and other collaborators in the country.
The Romanian language is spoken by approximately 25 million people as a native language, primarily in Romania and Moldova, and by another four million people as a second language. It is expected that this booklet will reach many children and youth in both countries through physical education that promotes mutual understanding and respect among youth living in multicultural societies.
Did you Know?
Eight Celebratory Meetups were organized at a local level by our friends and partners in France, Kenya, Macedonia, Panama, Romania, and South Africa to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Learning to Live Together Programme.
The meetups provided a festive atmosphere to celebrate the achievements accomplished in each location, as well as to plan and build momentum for the future. They also served to raise community awareness of the need for value-based education for children and youth.
We thank all of our friends who joined the movement and helped us celebrate this milestone!
You can learn more about the Meetups, HERE.
Reflecting on the Critical Need of Ethics Education to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Learning to Live Together Programme
As part of the 10th-anniversary celebrations of the Learning to Live Together Programme, Arigatou International - Geneva organized a series of seminars in Bosnia and, Herzegovina, Colombia, Israel, and Sri Lanka.
The celebrations fostered reflections about the critical need for learning to live together in contemporary societies and amidst violence, discrimination, populism, and violent ideologies.
Read more about our celebratory events, HERE.
We Welcome Our New Staff Members
Ms. Maritza Vitela
Ms. Zoe Williamson
Ms. Nathalie Menyimana
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