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GNRC Portugal has been implementing the Learning to Live Together Programme with families under the framework of the new Arigatou International Geneva initiative titled Strengthening Family Systems.  We interviewed Ms Rita Esteves, who is coordinating the project in Portugal to learn more about the experiences, challenges and learnings.

From 8 to 20 March the Arigatou International Geneva – Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator visited Romania, Greece, and Portugal; three of the countries implementing the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) programme in a systematic and monitored way. The aim of the visits was to learn more in detail about the impact that the Learning to Live Together Programme has on the implementation with children, as part of the impact assessment process that is taking place in seven countries for a period of at least six months. One of the visits took place in one of the countries implementing the LTLT manual with families, as part of the pilot project on the adaptation of LTLT for families.

The Learning to Live Together Programme (LTLT) was first introduced to Amalina Islamic School during a facilitator-training workshop conducted in Indonesia by GNRC South Asia and Arigatou International in partnership with UNESCO National Commission Indonesia in 2012 and with the help of Ms. Wati Wardani (participant in regional LTLT workshop in Sri Lanka). Pembangunan Jaya High School (PJ) was then invited as a partner school in implementing LTLT in 2014. The ongoing implementation of the LTLT is part of a memorandum of understanding between Arigatou International Geneva and the two schools. Amalina International and PJ representatives were trained as facilitators during the South East Asia Regional workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2014.