Violence affects children in every country of the world.
Every year, more than 1.6 million people worldwide lose their lives to violence.
Violence is often inflicted by people children know & trust-at home & within the family.
Violence occurs in schools, institutions, on the streets and at home.
Learning to Live Together
Learning to Live Together is an intercultural, interfaith ethics education programme for children, designed to promote children’s right to full and healthy physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.
Learning to Live Together approaches the issue of ethics education from the perspectives of intercultural and interfaith learning, human rights and quality education, where ethics and values are nurtured and where children are given the space to develop their innate potential for spirituality.
The Learning to Live Together manual comes as a resource for educators and youth leaders who want to advance the cause of children as builders of a world of peace and justice. If you want to focus you action part of your World Day of Prayer and Action for Children engagement on quality education, the manual provides you with a tool to implement your activities. The manual provides also a guiding framework if you want to design and implement other thematic actions using experiential and interactive methodologies.
The programme is structured in two complementary modules: Understanding Self and Others, and Transforming the World Together. The modules are organised along a web of symbolic paths leading to kiosks where participants halt for discovery, exposure, reflection, and dialogue about various themes. The process is designed as a journey where participants learn how to respond to ethical challenges, and how to become agents of change. The modules are adjustable to fit children’s needs as they face such different issues as displacement and migration, violent conflicts, ecological problems, or social and economic injustices. Facilitators can also opt to focus on one or another kiosk according to need.
Learning to Live Together incorporates both traditional and modern learning methodologies based on experience, cooperation, problem solving, discussion, and introspection. They are served by techniques such as arts, appreciative debates, experience sharing, field trips, games, meditation, role playing, sports, inquiry, or story-telling, to form the programme’s core activities. This methodological variety ensures a flexibility to suit various age groups, religious traditions and cultural contexts, as well as to ensure ownership of the programme’s process and outcome.
A selection of poems, stories, films, songs, case studies, dilemmas, prayers for peace, etc. is included in the manual to complement the core activities.
If you need any advice on how to implement your activity based on the Learning to Live Together manual, please contact the Arigatou International Geneva office at the same email as above.