The ethics education framework of Arigatou International has been at the core of the Learning to Live Together Programme since its launch in 2008. This includes the key conceptual elements that provide the rationale and foundation of the manual, the values that support the foundation, and the educational approach that defines the way the Learning to Live Together is planned and implemented to ensure a high-quality, enriching interfaith and intercultural ethics education experience.
The purpose of the Learning to Live Together Programme is to create spaces for children and youth to make ethical decisions, to nurture their spirituality and to transform their communities together, based on values that promote respect for their own and others’ cultures and beliefs.
The Ethics Education framework promotes a new and dynamic way of thinking about ethics in a global and plural society. Education about ethics is something all religions and societies can do independently; what is unique about this initiative is that it is done inter-religiously and inter-culturally.
The educational approach promoted by the Ethics Education Initiative describes the methods and required elements for designing, planning, delivering and monitoring Learning to Live Together programs to ensure quality and transformative learning experiences for children and youth.
The educational approach is built on learning opportunities and practices that allow ethical reflections which foster, above all, interconnectedness, and lead to critical thinking, the development of imagination, critical consciousness, and self-driven learning. This approach requires the development of safe learning environments, the use of participatory and collaborative learning methods, and sensitivity to the context where the programs take place. Ultimately the approach aims to provide the opportunity for children and youth to act collectively to achieve common goals, building on their individual strengths, appreciating the diversity around them, and nurturing their spirituality. This educational approach demands facilitators who are aware of the influence of their actions, behaviors and attitudes on children and strive to become role models.
Visit Arigatou International’s website for an interactive presentation that will walk you through their Ethics Education Framework and provide you with explanations on the ethics education approach they use in planning, implementing and monitoring their Learning to Live Together programs.
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