Interview with Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, Executive Director of the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace in Jerusalem and creator of the "Betzavta-Adam Institute's facilitation method".
Anna Kudarewska: Can you please share a bit about "Betzavta-Adam Institute's facilitation method" and how it's used.
Uki Maroshek-Klarman: The "Betzavta-Adam Institute's facilitation method" deals primarily with education for democracy and peace. It‘s relevant, useful and applicable from kindergarten through high school in the formal and informal educational systems as well as for groups working in civil society, NGOs promoting human rights and democracy, communal leaders that encourage communities to help themselves, improve their quality of life, etc... The method is equally suited to young children up to the elderly. It‘s informed by philosophy, sociology and education. The notion was to enable everyone to take part in discussions about democratic values. How can we help understand folks democracy and have intrinsic motivation to promote it in a way that's accessible to all? Of course, the question arises: what should be taught if we want people to be more democratic? If we want everyone involved, we need to create a method that can facilitate that; not force people that are highly educated to lower their standard of teaching or study, and concurrently share their knowledge and thoughts with those that have fewer tools to understand/share their opinions and ideas. Through the "Betzavta – Adam Institute's facilitation" method, everyone partakes from their vantage point of understanding. The activities and games are "Betzavta" tools. You take part in activities that force you to reflect on what you're doing, understand things through this reflection, grasp the principles of democracy and how you can incorporate them into your private life, social life and politics. The activities are designed to enable you to communicate with your peers in the group from an equal standpoint. Games are played together in separate groups of different ages, interest or motivations. We can really learn about ourselves and our peers in the group. From the outset, it's about teaching, educating for democracy and peace.
Anti-discrimination education is a huge challenge. Reflections after the training on the "Stories that move" tool
Liubov Shynder , IYMC Krzyżowa
In the second half of September I led a training for teachers at the Training and Counselling Centre of the Regional Methodology and Education Centre Metis in Katowice on our anti-discrimination education tool "Stories that Move" (you can read more about this project here).
One of the many things I have appreciated since we started this project is the possibility of dialogue with teachers and exchanging experiences from our work in formal and non-formal education, which we focus on at the International Youth Meeting Centre in Krzyżowa.
Such was the meeting in Katowice. The training was attended by 10 teachers, mainly working in secondary schools. If I were to sum up the reasons why they came to the training, I could make such a statement: "I want to establish a dialogue with my students, I am worried about the xenophobic and nationalistic sentiments I see in my school and I want to counteract it".
Series of online workshops "Krzyżowa invites to creativity". Part 4: Cotton jewelry - new life for fabrics. Upcycling as an approach to handicrafts
Liubov Shynder, MDSM Krzyżowa
We invite you to watch the last episode of our series of online workshops „Krzyżowa invites to creativity", which present the approach of the International Youth Meeting Center to artistic education.
Step by step, in the form of films, we present four different artistic methods that combine elements of upcycling and thus show how to create art in accordance with the care for the natural environment.
Series of online workshops "Krzyżowa invites to creativity". Part 3: Dyes - where do colours come from and why is it important to know that?
Liubov Shynder and Agnieszka Duduś, YIMC Krzyżowa
We invite you to watch the second part of our online workshop series "Krzyżowa invites to creativity", which presents the International Youth Meeting Place's approach to art education.
Step by step, in the form of films, we present four different artistic methods which combine elements of upcycling and thus show how to create art in harmony with care for the environment.
We write more about the purpose of our project here: https://bit.ly/2RKSZYG
This time we will look at colours and natural ways of dyeing..