Maria Angeles Hernandez Sierra
The migrant crisis is challenging the cornerstones of democracy giving rise to far right populist movements across Europe. If as educators we fail to speak up for the rule of law and do not act to prevent injustices and radicalization, then our learners might think we support discrimination and violence. So we aim to empower educators for the prevention of bullying and exclusion at school and beyond and support them through workshops and an online community of practice of like-minded educators.
We want to organise teacher-training workshops in schools across Europe.
We want to support teachers to develop the competences required to educate for democracy and the prevention of violence. We will empower them to be identify instances of violence even when this is tacit, to actively address it and educate for its prevention.
We want teachers to be able to actively engage against injustices and violence, deconstructing racist stereotypes and prejudices. We also aim to support teachers to become successful multipliers of Learn to Change’s methodology.
We will get there by organizing workshops and webinars for teachers on democracy, human rights and prevention of violence. We believe that pedagogy makes the difference and we model what we preach. All training sessions are experience-based and interactive. We integrate learning-by-doing and guided reflection on different concepts including violence, bullying, discrimination, identity and stereotypes with debriefing and feedback, in a rich, pleasant and safe learning environment.
Teachers can no longer ignore what is ailing our societies. We believe that as educators we have an added responsibility and onus to take action for change. We stress the importance of education for preparing youth and adults for democratic citizens in diverse democratic societies.
Our main target group is teachers but in truth, we are doing for each and every one of us. Teachers influence students and together we can create the society we would like to live in now and in the future.
We strongly believe in the co-construction of knowledge when designing and enacting ideas. Any critical and constructive feedback will support us in developing our ideas further and is greatly appreciated. We are also open to cooperate with other entities.