Training course: Creating new tools for genocide education
2010-10-08 - 2010-10-15,
Project description:

The idea of the project was generated during a study session on genocide education, hosted by Minorities of Europe at the European Youth Centre in Budapest on 24-31 May 2009.

The Study Session hosted and supported by Council of Europe gathered youth leaders and youth workers from over 20 European countries, including EU Member States, Balkan countries and Eastern Europe. Participants had an opportunity to review the current practice regarding genocide education in youth work and education. As a result the participants developed a series of initiatives and project models to be implemented as a follow-up to the session.

The topic is extremely sensitive and widely debated in media as well as by public opinion. Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, it is not widely debated in youth work. Young people are not aware of it, and have not a clear understanding of genocide and its forms of existence. Partner promoters in this project thought of an idea that could lead youth workers to explore genocide education and human rights education, thus developing tools in promoting the topic among other youth, in fighting this phenomenon. In order to achieve this goal partner promoters designed this training course. It will provide background on the topic in order that participants get familiar with the term genocide and what forms is has had in European and world history. This way we can than work further with participants in educating young people against this phenomena and promoting human rights as a core educational methodology helpful in tackling genocide in youth work.

The main objectives of this project are:

  • To present the concept of genocide education and human rights education to youth workers or youth activists who will participate in the activity;
  •  To provide new tools for youth workers in order they can use genocide education with the target groups which they are working with;
  • To develop competencies of youth workers on genocide education and human rights education using non formal education approach
  •  To review existing programmes and frameworks allowing for trans-national co-operation in the field of European history and preventing genocide
  •  To bring together people from different parts of Europe to share and exchange experiences, opinions and values, to learn from each other experiences in relation with the topic of the training;
  •  To create new partnerships for future cooperation and increase the visibility of the Youth in Action Programme;

Methodology of tc: To increase active participation of young people during the training will be used different exercises combination of individual and team work, learner-centred ways, theoretical inputs and exercises. At the same time we will leave space for them to act, to practice what they will learn. We will make simulation where the participants have to take the lead so they can experience in practice what we will explain them by theory.

Trainers who will facilitate the training are experienced in the topic and in non-formal education methodology. We will give space to them, to adapt the program using creativity or different methodology and adjust it, based in the needs of participants when it’s necessary.