Education in Emergency: Teacher Training on Learning to Live Together (LTLT)
The workshop constitutes a kick-off activity with a view to exploring the potential of disseminating the Teacher Training Programme on LTLT in emergency in both Lebanon and the broader Arab Region. Its implementation in Lebanon is seen as a pilot/exploratory endeavor.
The teacher training programme “Learning to Live Together. An Intercultural and Inter-faith Programme for Ethics Training” is based on the Ethics for children manual developed by Arigatou International (LTLT Programme) in collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF (2008).
The Ethics training focuses on Learning to Live Together (LTLT) with a view to develop the skills of both teachers and students to manage diversity constructively and peacefully. Based on the aforementioned manual, Arigatou has developed a standardized teacher training programme that is being carried out in different parts of the world.
The Ethics for children manual is most appropriate for children and youth of the age groups 12-18 and has been translated into Arabic. Versions of it in different languages are available online. Given Lebanon and other countries in the Region over the last years have been affected by the Syria crisis, the training programme to be carried out in Lebanon has been tailored for Education in Emergency situations (EiE).
The programme responds directly to the needs identified by EASE teachers during a consultation with them last November 2015. EASE stays for “Enhancing Access to Secondary Education” in Lebanon, a project of UNESCO Office in Beirut meant to provide support to Lebanese schools accommodating Syrian refugee learners. Among the training needs shared, many teachers referred to the need of being equipped with competencies to teach students how to handle diversity constructively; how to instill peace education and LTLT skills; how to carry out inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue; and how to create enabling and inclusive learning environments.