Consider inclusivity such as the use of pronouns, or disabled accessibility. Allow the group come up with basic rules and respect for the session. Click on ‘Material’ for a toolkit on creating a safe space.
Debates are good
Peace education doesn’t mean that everything is harmonic. Being able to disagree and debate is a positive as long as it is constructive or can be de-escalated.
If talking about violence, it is good to specify before showing graphic images or covering topics which might be traumatic for survivors of abuse or war. Participants can choose whether to participate.
When planning an educational activity, reflect on how your upbringing, your privilege, your race, gender and class influence the way you think about the issues in your activity.
8 things you need to know when you organise an educational activity
Consider the pace and which methods to use. Introduce yourself and let the group get to know each other, set out the activity and its importance. End with a debrief, a discussion, and evaluation.
Give yourself and the group a break! Allowing information to settle aids learning. Try to include snacks or drinks during the break.
During activities, it is valuable to let people consider how this relates to their life, experiences/context. Learning has a bigger impact when it is relevant.
Try not to overload activities. Discussions and debriefing might take more time than anticipated. Remember – quality is better than quantity!
Create a structure for an educational activity such as a workshop or a training that you would like to organise! Pick a topic that you are passionate about and make a description of different parts of the activity. Think of the learning outcomes you want to have with your activity and write them down as well, taking the following guidance into account. Write down your ideas in the comments below!
Are you planning to organise a longer project? Check Materials for tips on group management and facilitation.
Free to be you and me - This toolkit provides comprehensive information on gender and sexuality, along with practical guidelines and easy-to-use tools to help leaders create safe spaces and address the topic of gender and sexuality in their activities.
Cookbook for the youth leaders - manual for the international voluntary's project coordination - This toolkit, aimed at coordinators of youth exchanges, volunteer projects, workcamps and at youth workers, provides information and tools on group management and facilitation and can be used in youth work or other relevant educational contexts.