Dates: May 2019 – July 2020
Venue of residential courses: Rustavi, Georgia and Dilijan, Armenia
Funded by: Erasmus+ programme, German National Agency
Description of the project
Training Laboratory II: Designing Learning for Peace contributes to counter the growing societal polarisation and radicalisation within the EU and its Eastern Partnership region.
For this purpose, an educational programme is designed with the aim to strengthen the capacities of organisations working in the youth field to respond by educational means to the growing societal polarisation and radicalisation alongside fundamental cleavages existing within the societies in the EU and its Eastern Partnership region.
Objectives of the project:
# To strengthen the competences of youth educators in realising peace education activities that strengthen young peoples` resilience towards radicalisation and societal polarisation and foster their civic engagement
# To develop innovative and needs-based educational activities and materials for peace education in the youth field, especially educational activities addressing societal polarisation and radicalisation
# To intensify transnational cooperation between the project partners on peace education
The project is composed of four educational activities:
# Activity 1: E-learning course 1 – The what and how of peace education
# Activity 2: Training course 1 – Understanding peace education
# Activity 3: E-learning course 2 – Creating peace education activities
# Activity 4: Training course 2 – Peace education Training Laboratory
Together those constitute a single educational programme designed to match the learning needs of the participants and to address the challenges organisations in the youth field face in responding to radicalisation and extremism by educational means.
24 participants – youth educators, youth workers and peer educators – from Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Poland and Italy will participate in all project activities.
Activities and timeline
Step 1 – E-Learning phase in preparation of the 1st training course (November 2019)
The participants will be invited to follow an e-learning course on peace education prior their attendance of the 1st training course in Georgia. The e-course covers mainly the content of the competence framework “Designing learning for Peace”, its different dimensions and particularities.
Step 2 – Training Course in Georgia (09 – 17 December 2019, Rustavi, Georgia)
A training course for 24 youth workers and youth educators from the EU and EECA on peace education. Specific objectives of the training course are:
# To introduce youth workers and educators to the use of competence frameworks in educational activities, more precisely to the existing “Designing learning for Peace” Competence Framework on peace education
# To review the competence framework and develop proposals for its improvement
# To strengthen the competences of the participants to plan, monitor and evaluate peace education activities
# To create guidelines for creation of safe learning space for peace education
Step 3 – E-Learning phase in preparation of the 2nd training course (January 2019 – April 2020)
The participants will be invited to follow a coaching process during which they will develop their own sessions, their own session outlines and provide peer to peer feedback and support on the outlines.
Step 4 – Training Course in Armenia (04 – 12 May 2020, Dilijan, Armenia)
A training for 24 youth workers and youth educators from the EU and EECA on educational programmes for peace education. Specific objectives of the training course are:
# To reinforce the competences in implementing peace education activities
# To learn and use tools and methods for peace education, and improve existing ones
# To develop peace education materials for other educators
Step 5 – Dissemination (May – July 2020)
Peace education activities with special focus on empowering young people to resist extremism and radicalisation held in each of the partner organisations countries
# Armenia: Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan NGO (hosting a residential course)
# Belarus: Liga Dobrovolnogo Truda Mododezhi
# Georgia: Academy for Peace and Development (hosting a residential course)
# Germany: European Intercultural Forum e. V. (lead)
# Italy: Union Pro Europe
# Poland: Fundacja MODE / Move and Develop Foundation
# Spain: Associació Globers
# Ukraine: Non-Governmental Organisation Diplomacy Centre