The ethics education framework of Arigatou International has been at the core of the Learning to Live Together Programme since its launch in 2008. This includes the key conceptual elements that provide the rationale and foundation of the manual, the values that support the foundation, and the educational approach that defines the way the Learning to Live Together is planned and implemented to ensure a high-quality, enriching interfaith and intercultural ethics education experience.

The purpose of the Learning to Live Together Programme is to create spaces for children and youth to make ethical decisions, to nurture their spirituality and to transform their communities together, based on values that promote respect for their own and others’ cultures and beliefs.

The Ethics Education framework promotes a new and dynamic way of thinking about ethics in a global and plural society. Education about ethics is something all religions and societies can do independently; what is unique about this initiative is that it is done inter-religiously and inter-culturally.

The educational approach promoted by the Ethics Education Initiative describes the methods and required elements for designing, planning, delivering and monitoring Learning to Live Together programs to ensure quality and transformative learning experiences for children and youth.

The educational approach is built on learning opportunities and practices that allow ethical reflections which foster, above all, interconnectedness, and lead to critical thinking, the development of imagination, critical consciousness, and self-driven learning. This approach requires the development of safe learning environments, the use of participatory and collaborative learning methods, and sensitivity to the context where the programs take place. Ultimately the approach aims to provide the opportunity for children and youth to act collectively to achieve common goals, building on their individual strengths, appreciating the diversity around them, and nurturing their spirituality. This educational approach demands facilitators who are aware of the influence of their actions, behaviors and attitudes on children and strive to become role models. 

The following interactive presentation will walk you through our Ethics Education Framework and provide you with explanations on the ethics education approach we use in planning, implementing and monitoring our Learning to Live Together programs.

Kokoro - Learning to Live Together
A virtual global community for children and youth to develop intercultural and interfaith learning and collaborative ideas to transform the world.

Kokoro is the winner of the PeaceApp Competition for 2015, in the category of projects under development, organized by the United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations and the United Nations Development Program in collaboration with Build Up, in order to promote digital games and ramified apps as venues for cultural dialogue and conflict management. We are in the process of receiving mentoring to finalize the conceptual development of Kokoro to be able to get started with its final design development.

Kokoro is a simulation game for children above 12 years based on the manual Learning to Live Together - An Intercultural and Interfaith Program for Ethics Education. The objective of developing Kokoro is to provide an interactive virtual platform based on the educational approach of the manual for children and youth to meet, learn from one another and collaborate.

kokoro login screen

The interest of Arigatou International lies on the potential of digital technology to provide learning opportunities for children and youth around the world to develop global citizenship competencies, such as intercultural and interfaith collaboration, cooperation and communication, creativity, problem solving, empathy and solidarity. Digital games can allow children to take control of their own learning while having fun, interact with others and transcend language, geographical and cultural barriers.

Kokoro aims to simulate issues derived from learning to live together in an interactive game and platform where children and youth above 12 years old can learn to make decisions, reflect about themselves, on their attitudes and behaviors towards others, challenge their prejudices and stereotypes, analyze situations that discriminate others, learn non-violent alternatives, and to work collaboratively to transform the world.

Arigatou International Geneva aims to:

  • Create a unique global digital platform that connects children and youth around the world across cultures and religious backgrounds;
  • Provide opportunities for children and youth to develop as global citizens and take collective action on topics that affect them;
  • Promote collaborative learning and problem solving among children and youth across countries and cultures;
  • Promote respect, responsibility, empathy and reconciliation as key values in the development of global citizenship competencies;
  • Nurture children and youth's capacity to contribute to a culture of peace.

Kokoro uses an online roleplaying collaborative approach where children interact with one another to learn to live together, develop strategies to solve issues that affect their communities, particularly on issues related to working and living with people of different cultures and beliefs. It uses a value-based approach and a learning process supported by constructivist approaches that support the development of critical thinking and collaborative skills.

Goal of the players

The goal of the players is to help a society get along and work together by making ethical decisions throughout the game that can help solving conflicts, challenging prejudices and stereotypes, promoting mutual understanding and respect, improving relations and developing collaborative projects together. Their goal is to help a society learn to live together by going through real life situations, understanding the causes of conflicts, putting themselves in the place of the other, and developing innovative, collaborative and non-violent solutions to transform their societies and immediate communities around them.

Learning objectives

By playing Kokoro, players will:

  • Reflect about their values, beliefs, and identities;
  • Strengthen their capacity to make well-grounded ethical decisions based on values that promote respect for other cultures and beliefs;
  • Identify the needs of their societies and respond with an attitude of reconciliation;
  • Develop collaborative skills, critical thinking, problem solving and non-violent communication skills;
  • Discover their capacity to transform their societies and take individual and collective responsibilities for the future;
  • Nurture their spirituality by practicing self-reflection and social service engagement.

If you are interested to join efforts with Arigatou International Geneva to develop Kokoro, write to us.

The Training Programs for educators and facilitators working with children and youth are based on a competency model and is composed of workshops at three training levels:

Basic Training:

It is designed to introduce the manual, its educational framework, approach, and methodologies, with the purpose of using it with children and youth. At the end of the workshop participants are equipped with knowledge, skills, and tools to design and implement programs based on the Learning to Live Together in the contexts they work with.  The duration of a basic workshop is 28 hours.

Advanced Training:

It is designed for those who have gone through the first level and have experience using the programme with children and youth. This level aims to increase the facilitator's knowledge about the content and educational framework and approach, develop further facilitation skills and acquire tools to conduct monitoring and evaluation. The Advanced Training is provided through our online platform.  Four courses are provided during the year. Facilitators can register at different times.

Train the Trainers:

This level is designed for people who have demonstrated facilitation skills and experience using the programme with children and youth. The objectives are 1) To develop competencies to design and conduct a training program on the use of the manual for other facilitators; 2) To be able to integrate an interfaith and intercultural learning approach into the training programme; 3) To interpret and adapt creatively the training material to specific settings and 5) To further develop as a positive role model in line with the values expressed in the manual. The duration of this expert training workshop is eight days.

Educators are selected based on the following criteria: 1) Interest and motivation in interfaith and intercultural education; 2) Experience working with children and youth; 3) Facilitation skills and 4) Support from their schools or organizations; 5) Availability to train other facilitators.   Selection is based on gender, religious and cultural diversity.

For more information about our training programs, please contact us.

Read more about our Second Train the Trainers International Workshop held in France in 2017

Read more about our pilot Train the Trainers Program held in Switzerland 2010.

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