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"CHANGING MINDS, SAVING LIVES" - HEY CES-S Humanitarian Education YouthWork in Crisis and Extremism Situations and Societies

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
120+ min
Topics addressed: 
Communication
Human rights
Prevention of radicalisation

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Aim: 

1) Expand and further develop Youthwork and advance the quality of YouthWork.
2) Promote a Culture of Non-Violence, Respect of all Human Beings, their Well-Being and Dignity.
3)Guiding the Next Generation towards Humanitarian Principles and Saving Lives through Changing
the Attitudes-Values-Beliefs and Behaviour/Reaction of the Youth and the Society.
4) Use Humanitarian Education YouthWork as a Tool of Awareness and building on the Capability of
Critical Thinking of the Individual Youth, the Group and the Society Attitude-Values-Beliefs and
Behaviour in taking care of oneself and of others.
5) Through learning about humanitarian values, individuals will be more Capable to
interprete/understand Crisis and Extremism Situations and Societies, from a humanitarian
perspective and be less vulnerable to Saving Lives through Changing the Attitudes-Values-Beliefs
and Behaviour/Reaction of the Youth and the Society. internal and external factors that could be
leading them towards radicalization and extremism.

Methodology: 

1. Non-Formal Education/Learning (NFL)
2. Life Long Learning
3. Humanitarian Education YouthWork
4. Value-based Education
4. Solution Focused BRIEF and PROKOP Practice
5. Fully Experiential - Hands on
6. Brainstorming
7. Dialogue – Structural Dialogue

Step by step process: 

PART A – (8 minutes)
I) All sit in a circle
II) Introduction and Welcome (3 minutes)
1. Welcome everybody
2. Inform the group that once the group starts, if new people come in, we will not go back to explain the
procedure!
3. Inform everybody about audio recording, video recording and photos taken during the
Workshop – agreed or disagreed to proceed with either recording and/or photos.
4. Agree on confidentiality from all – as this is going to be an opening to a
lot….not to gossip about people afterwards….
5. Agree on respect of oneself and of all others in anything we say or is discussed during
the Workshop, even if we disagree with what people say…
III) Get to know each other (5 minutes)
Name, Country we come from
PART B – (30 minutes)
I) Listening to the Title of this Workshop –("CHANGING MINDS, SAVING LIVES" - HEY CES-S
Humanitarian Education YouthWork in Crisis and Extremism Situations and Societies
a- What was interesting or worth it for you to come to this Workshop?
b- What does the title bring for you, as a Person, YouthWorker or Trainer? (10 mins)
II) Introduction to Humanitarian Education YouthWork (10 minutes)
III) Humanitarian Education YouthWork as a Capacity Building, Awareness and Critical Thinking Tool
(15 minutes)
- Islands and Brain Storming on The 7 Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross
and Red Crescent Movement – Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary
Service, Unity, Universality – what they mean and what elements do they contain?
- And Scaling their relevance (Scale of 0-10 – 10 being the Best use/Most appropriate and 0 the
opposite) to support Capacity Building, Awareness and Critical Thinking
– Participants present the results in small groups according to number of participants –
- Discuss Scaling results and what places a Humanitarian Fundamental Principle at that
number, higher or lower?
PART C – (56 minutes)
I) Structural Dialogue – 3 groups to discuss –
GROUP A:- How could the Curiosity to Understand Youth Radicalization, Extremism and Crisis
Response/Behaviour, could support YouthWork and the Capacity building of Youth of
various ages,?
GROUP B:- What could be the internal and external factors that could influence youth into being
more vulnerable or stronger in having to deal with Crisis and Extremism Situations
and Societies, we are faced with almost every week for the last year+?
GROUP C:- Could Crisis and Extremism possibly contribute positively to our Youth and our
Societies development?
a) – (10 minutes) for Groups to discuss and prepare their position
b) – (5 minutes) for each group to present and the others listen and take notes, or write down
questions
c) – (5 minutes) for each group to answer to the other 2 groups' arguments
d) – (13 minutes) final discussion from the members of all groups on what was presented –
answering questions and clarifications, agreements / disagreement / suggestions / further
development of the topic(s) discussed
e) – (1 minute) for each group to give their final comment
PART D – (25minutes)
I) Mapping Final Conclusion, Needs, Recommendations for the Nurturing of a Culture of Non-
Violence, Respect of all Human Beings, their Well-Being and Dignity. (15 minutes)
II) Debriefing (5 minutes)
III) Evaluation of the Tool (5 minutes) - Questions and Scaling

Materials and resources: 

1. Require an open plan-room that would fit 23 chairs in a circle comfortably
2. a big enough room so that the chairs can easily be moved around, in order to be able to space
out, at some points of the workshop
3. 23 chairs
4. 2 small tables (1x1 metre) that can be moved around the room
5. 1 packet of A4 blank paper
6. 23 pens
7. Boards to write on, if possible
8. 23 copies of the Evaluation Form
9. 2 plugs of electricity
10. 2 bottles of water and 23 plastic cups
11. 1 Flipchart (with 10-15 pages)
12. 1 Board for the Flipchart
13. 8 Thick Markers (black, blue, red, green, orange, brown – if possible)
14. 20-30 thinner Markers of various colours
15. 20-30 thick Crayons of various colours
16. Paper-tape
17. Mixed Coloured A4 paper (1-2 packets)
18. I will use a voice recorder and camcorder, to record the experiential workshop (if everybody
agrees on this) - I will bring these
with me.
19. A long wire and 3 plugs for taping, if possible.

Outcomes: 

Humanitarian Education Youthwork can act as Tool (&/or an Umbrella of Tools) of Innovative Pedagogical Education, Learning and Development, can be developed into a Preventative Tool of Youth and Society vulnerability towards Radicalization, Extremism and Crisis situations and Societies, leading to Change in Minds - Attitudes-Values-Awareness-Skills and saving Lives in many forms.
This Tool can tackle Capacity Building, Critical Thinking, Transferability and Sustainability of Learning, Building bridges of Communication, Intercultural Understanding and Dialogue, working towards aa Culture of Non-Violence and Caring, Conflict management, Non-Violence Attitude and Action, Understanding Radicalization and Extremism, Understanding Crisis and Emergency Situations, Understanding Human Suffering, Developing Attitutes-Values-Beliefs for us and others from a Humanitarian perspective, build on Resilience, empower Ownership of Actions/Behaviour, build on Value-based Dialogue, promote Respect and Dignity of all Human Beings, promotee Well-being of Youth and Societies, build on Social Inclusion, promote Active Participation in Social and Political Life......
and Youth acting as Multipliers of Humanitarian Change and Development for their Peers, Families, Groups, Societies, the World.

Evaluation: 

This ToolI has not been implemented in this form so far. It may be possible to implement it locally after September 2017. It will be part of an extented activity in the Training of Multipliers (ToM) HEY CES-S Humanitarian Education Youthwork in Crisis and Extremism Situations and Societies, to be applied in January/February 2018, in Erasmus+ KA1 Youth Mobility and in April 2018 as Erasmus+ KA2 VET.
Expected to have very good results if applied in schools, from Nursery Education (4+ year olds) and Primary Education - once a week - to Secondary, High School and University Education - week of Humanitarian Education YouthWork followed by small and bigger projects the students could develop and implement. (Training and follow-up Training and Coaching of Teachers and Policy makers would be very beneficial and necessary before the application in Schools of all ages and at all stages).

Notes for further use: 

Duration of the workshop: at least 2 hours
This Tool is to be implemented as a Workshop at TOOL FAIR XII.
It has not been used so far - so honest criticism and recommendations of development/change of the Tool, or parts of the Tool would be appreciated.
Also, a group discussion as to its practical use with Youth in various Countries - Societies and specific groups and Ages of Youth, as well as places and forms of implementation,, would be very useful and expanding awareness and possibilities for YouthWork.
This Tool could be adapted according to the Age of the Youth, the place of Implementation, the availability of time to run the workshop, and from society to society, and group specific needs.
It can be run as a 2-hour fully Experiential Workshop, or as a half-day or full-day or even a whole-week Experiential Workshop/Training - depending on the possibilities of Implementation, availability of Youth and Adults and Funding.

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