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Learning to Live Together Training for teachers in Romania

In April 2014 Sol Mentis Association started Learning to Live Together Basic Training courses accredited by the Romanian Ministry of Education for teachers.  

Since September more than 100 teachers have been trained on how to use the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) programme to develope skills to design and implement ethics education programs. Some of the teachers have begun using the LTLT approach, methods and activities in their classes. Special emphaisis is being given especially to implementation in schools with a high level of violence or discrimination of Roma and disadvantaged children.
 
Four schools have committed to implementing LTLT programs in a systematic way: in each school at least three teachers will coordinate and run ethics education programs, customized according to the specific professional context and children's needs. Children from primary and secondary school will be actively involved in sessions organized two to four times in a monthly basis.
 
From September 2014 until May 2015, in partnership with UNESCO and supported by Arigatou International Geneva, Sol Mentis Association will coordinate a process of monitoring and evaluation of the systematic implementation of the LTLT programme in two private schools and two public schools in Bucharest. The private schools will focus on interfaith and intercultural learning, in order to facilitate the interactions with children coming from different cultural and religious backgrounds. One of the schools already integrated LTLT in the curricula. The School’s Education Director expressed: “we wish our educational context to be focused on self-knowledge, understanding and accepting the others and appreciating the diversity. We tried to identify partners who can help us to put in practice the mission we assumed. When we heard about the LTLT program, we realized how essential it is in meeting our school needs.”
 
The main LTLT areas the public schools programs will tackle are child rights, values, violence or discrimination of children with disabilities.

More and more teachers ask for support in implementing the LTLT in their schools. A motivated teacher explains her decision in continuing another year in using the manual in civic education classes as “learning to live together is not only a pleasant experience, a new source of information, but at the same time a useful tool for educating a group of children with unique and powerful personalities, who ask you to reinvent yourself every time."