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Ethics Education for Children: A Transformative Pedagogy for Learning to Live Together

Our Response to Support Educators during COVID-19 Pandemic

The current situation in the world with the COVID-19 pandemic has forced 1.5 billion children out of school and into new remote learning modalities, online, via TV or even radio. As the world paves the way to reopen the schools many challenges are still ahead.

During these challenging times, educators have a critical role to play in supporting children’s social, emotional and spiritual well-being, and creating learning opportunities to strengthen children’s critical thinking, sense of belonging to a larger community, interconnectedness with others while keeping physical distancing, and providing spaces for children to reflect about and respond to the ethical challenges we all face. 

During this course, based on the Learning to Live Together program and its Ethics Education Framework, educators will be introduced to the Transformative Pedagogy promoted by Arigatou International that supports teachers to create safe, positive and empowering learning environments during these challenging times.

Course Details:

Deadline to register: 1 June 2020

Date: 8 to 13 June 2020
Location: Online
Modality: Individual work with one joint webinar
Who should attend: Educators

Registration:

Registration for this course is closed. If you registered for the course, please use the link below to login to the course.

Learning Objectives:

This course aims to create learning opportunities for teachers to:

  • Get acquainted with the Arigatou International Ethics Education Framework and pedagogical approach and how it responds to the needs of the current context.
  • Share each other’s contexts during COVID-19 and implications on children and education.
  • Learn how to create safe, positive and empowering learning environments and opportunities for children and youth while fostering interfaith learning and collaboration.
  • Identify concrete ways to strengthen children’s ability to reflect about the current situation and respond to the ethical challenges during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Develop strategies to ensure children’s socio-emotional and spiritual well-being and to empower them as agents of positive change.

Session 1:

Introduction to the Course and Context Sharing

Content:

During this session Participants will:

  • Get acquainted with each other and the course
  • Share about the contexts and implications for children amidst COVID-19: experiences, challenges, fears, concerns and hope on the individual and educational level

Session 2:

Creating Safe Learning Environments

Content:

During this session Participants will:

  • Explore what a Safe Learning Environment is and its importance
  • Identify how to create spaces in education to nurture children’s critical thinking and ethical reflections on the current situation and how to respond to children’s emotional concerns and distress, particularly for those in the most vulnerable contexts
  • Discuss how to foster children’s social, emotional and spiritual well-being

Session 3:

Ethical Challenges during and after COVID-19 and its implications for Children and Youth

Content:

During this session Participants will:

  • Explore the worlds’ ethical challenges posed by COVID-19 at an individual, collective, educational levels
  • Reflect on what it means for children, for their spiritual well-being and their interconnectedness with people of different cultures and beliefs
  • Online webinar at 14:00 GMT

session 4:

Ethics Education Framework

Content:

During this session Participants will:

  • Get acquainted with the different elements of the Ethics Education Framework and how they relate to one another, its relevance in relation to the COVID-19 and to new educational opportunities that promote learning to live together in a changing world

session 5:

The educators’ role empowering children

Content:

During this session Participants will:

  • Identify the role of educators and their influence on how children cope with the challenges posed by COVID-19 and develop assertive ways to respond to it
  • Explore how to create online/onsite opportunities to empower children to move from fear to hope and interfaith action and collaboration for a better world

session 6:

Children and youth as agents of positive change

Content:

During this session Participants will:

  • Identify ways to create learning environments and opportunities that encourage children to engage in collective actions as a response to the current ethical challenges our societies face, promoting new ways of learning to live together
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