GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PARTICIPATORY EDUCATION
OBJECTIVE: Improve teachers’ teaching techniques to foster students’ participation and commitment.
HOW: Design and deliver a graduate diploma for teachers and education professionals which promotes the exercise of freedom, rights, duties, and gender equality as a driving tool for education in all secondary school subjects.
WHERE: Programme under development.
Believing that education is a crucial vector for the promotion of cohesive societies, the Graduate Diploma in participatory education aims at teachers and professionals involved in the education process. It consists of a six-module programme developed by education experts based on a prior analysis of the needs of each country involved. It is offered in partnership with local universities and authorities.
To prepare and empower teachers to address today’s social challenges through education by integrating citizenship values into any secondary school subject matter and encourage students’ participation and commitment. Specifically, the Graduate Diploma addresses teachers’ capabilities to tackle issues of social integration and inclusion of diverse communities and groups through the practice of fundamental freedoms.
Design and development of a teacher training programme to be delivered on weekends, or when most suitable for local communities to involve the highest number of teachers from city and suburb areas.
The strength of this initiative is the ability to take a specific approach based on a universally applicable participatory teaching and learning methodology.
It is conceived to be both complementary to teachers’ knowledge and distinctive from other trainings:
- Complementary because it builds on teachers’ existing abilities and experience;
- Distinctive because it brings an innovative pedagogical method and a value-based vehicular language that drive higher students’ participation.
The 120-hour face-to-face programme consists of six modules that put the use of rights, duties and responsibilities at the centre of the teaching methodology, to encourage students’ participation and commitment. Training materials will also be available online to course attendees as well as education officials and teacher training centres.
Following an agreement with local institutions, a team of experts analyses the needs of the local secondary education system and tailors the six training modules accordingly. Implementation modalities are defined by local institutions.