Online course about ethics education for children: a transformative pedagogy for Learning to Live Together

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Online course about ethics education for children: a transformative pedagogy for Learning to Live Together

The NGO Arigatou International is opening an online training course for education stakeholders, from 25 August to 7 September 2020.

Registration is open until Tuesday, 18 August.

Click here to find in the registration form.

The current situation in the world with the COVID-19 pandemic has forced 1.2 billion children out of school, impacting their overall well-being as many experience malnutrition, violence at home, higher levels of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future; some do not have access to online or remote learning opportunities, and many are struggling with social isolation. While in some contexts schools are restarting, in others, schools may be closed for several more months.

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. 

This online course builds on Arigatou International's long-standing expertise in promoting ethics education for children. It will provide educators with knowledge and tools to use a transformative pedagogy that places children at the center of the educational experience, helps to create safe learning environments, responds to their context and realities, and fosters participatory and collaborative learning. A pedagogy that encourages critical thinking, imagination, and critical consciousness about the realities of children, and promotes self-driven learning, which are critical components for education today.

Above all, educators will identify concrete ways to engage children in ethical reflections, nurture their spirituality, and foster interconnectedness and collective action in a world that needs to learn how to live together.  

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 while fostering.
  • Develop strategies to ensure children’s socio-emotional and spiritual well-being and to empower them as agents of positive change.

The online course is focused on the individual work of the participants, who can follow at their own pace the online modules on Arigatou's learning platform, with two common webinars during the two-week period. A certificate will be granted to those successfully completing the course.