15 to 20 February 2015, Don Bosco Youth-Net organised the study session ‘A Preventive Approach in Human Rights Education’ in the European Youth Centre of Strasbourg. Since the Salesian congregation organised the world congress on the Preventive System and Human Rights in 2009, Don Bosco Youth-Net has been working on integrating Human rights education in its actions. After a series of training courses and seminars on the topic the network decided to integrate the Council of Europe’s methodology of Human Rights Education into our own Preventive System.
This study session aimed to consult with our volunteers for their recommendations to do so. 28 volunteers, trainers, project officers and Salesian Chaplains from 12 Council of Europe’s member states took part in this study session.
Monday the participants focussed on create common reference framework for the participants. Before anything, it was important to create a common understanding of the long-term strategy of DBYN on Human rights and the role the participants play in this process. We also worked on creating a clear understanding of how the member organisations of DBYN work on this topic and how the Council of Europe’s youth sector can offer support.
Tuesday we explored the educational methodologies we aim to merge: the Council of Europe’s methodology of Human Rights Education and the Preventive System for Don Bosco Youth-Net. For this we started with a presentation by the educational staff of the Council of Europe on how to implement their educational methodology in their actions. After this we explored how the overlaps and complementarities between the CoE’s system and the Preventive System.
Wednesday the group explored other practices of Human Rights Education. In the morning they met representatives from the international youth organisation ‘IFM-SEI’ and the Turkish voluntary organisation ‘TOG’ to see how Human rights education is implemented in a non-faith based organisation. In the afternoon we invited the participants from ‘VIDES international’ and the ‘Lviv academy for Human Rights of Don Bosco’ show how they already link the preventive system with Human rights (education). We continued the process we seeing how the Salesian congregation is working towards a paradigm shift within its. We ended Ash Wednesday with a bi-centenary celebration of Don Bosco.
On Thursday the participants worked together in smaller groups, developing policy recommendations for Don Bosco Youth-Net to renew the educational methodology ‘Few words and a Lot of Action’. We concluded the study session with a reflection on how the participants can put their recommendation in own actions.
The recommendations developed will be presented to the statutory bodies of the network, and used as an inspiration to renew our educational methodology. The recommendations will put to the test in 3 training courses DBYN is organising in 2015 on Human Rights education. We will conclude this process by publishing the renewed educational methodology in the second part of the year.
Please check the resource blogs for the outcomes, the training manual and more background information.
The European Youth Centre in Strasbourg with its meeting and conference rooms, restaurant area and bedrooms has a capacity of up to 90 guests to implement the youth programme of the Council of Europe. The Centre can also be used by Council of Europe directorates and external Organisations as a special place for meetings, seminars and training courses, with accommodation and catering services available on the spot.