In 2012 at the GNRC 4th forum in Tanzania, we got copies of the Learning To Live together (LTLT) manual and CD. Our programme for youth and children is implemented in two different setting (1) youth peace forum (YPF) (2) Mavela Ikhaya children’s forum (MICF). Once back home we used the manual in our (1) youth peace forum, which we hold 4 time a year with formal school learners. The learners come from different schools, private, religious, co-ed, girls only, boys only, model c, Government, urban and district schools. The diversity is for explanation purposes, race, gender, religion, class, religious ethos, rich, poor learners. (2) Mavela ikhaya children’s forum in informal rural community setting held 4 to 6 time a year. This is very children focused. In 2014 two of us from South Africa were trained in Nairobi, Kenya. Then in 2017 I was trained as a train the trainer in France. We use the LTLT manual in our youth and children programme adapting it to our own local situation, e.g. we have an official human rights day 21 March, Youth Day 16 June, an etc. and in that term we use the module 1 understanding self and others, “road to understanding self and other” linking it to our basic needs as human beings and the beauty of diversity. With the children in the rural community setting, we us “creating caring communities. The children are all Christians and all speak the same language, Zulu.
The schools that we work with have a youth forum or youth club at their school, the work from the YPF is shared with the school club and at times at assembly. We visit the school on a regular basis and the principal and life orientation educators are making that space for the learners.
South Africa is a very religious country, with a global faith community of the African traditional religion, Bahia, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, traditional Christian, living harmoniously together. We worked together during apartheid and continue to address the many challenges that we face together.
Spirituality, values, ethics, morals are household terns with us and our communities. We give young people and children the space to transform themselves and begin to understand the other. There is space for interfaith and intercultural participation. Most of all, space is provided for those who don’t feel like participating. We have powerpoint presentation with plenary discussion with questions and comments, them collective participation in groups. The outcome of report back is amazingly meaningful, that within a short period of time the groups produce such amazing group feedback, in the form of role play presentation. Some of the schools use the Youth Peace Forum event as and Life Orientation examination. We love the way young people adapt to group work. Immediately we share with schools photos of their learners at work.