Learning to Live Together
Learning to Live Together is an interfaith and intercultural programme for ethics education that contributes to nurturing ethical values in children and young people.
The programme was developed by the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children in close collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF and tested through the Global Network of Religions for Children to contribute to the realization of the Right of the Child to full and healthy physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development, and to education as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), in article 26.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), in the World Declaration on Education for all and in the Millennium Development Goals.
The launch of the Learning to Live Together Programme was held in Hiroshima, on the 24-26 May in 2008, during the Third Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and the publication of the manual took place the same year.
Learning to Live Together is a programme for educators (teachers, youth leaders, social workers) to nurture ethical values and spirituality in children and youth that will help them strengthen their identity and critical thinking, ability to make well grounded decisions, respect and work with people of other cultures and religions, and foster their individual and collective responsibilities in a global community.
Learning to Live Together was developed during a period of three years through testing workshops organized by the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) around the world with people of different faiths and secular backgrounds.
Learning to Live Together can be used with children and young people from 12 to 18, coming from different religions and cultures. The users can adapt it according to the context, the needs, the maturity of the children, and other aspects. It can be implemented in various contexts in formal, non-formal or informal settings.
Learning to Live Together is built in two modules, “Understanding Self and Others” and “Transforming the World together”. It is based on four ethical values: respect, empathy, responsibility and reconciliation. The learning process focuses on methodologies based on experience, cooperation, problem solving, discussions and introspection.