Tier one of the Programme consists of four modules and the concluding event “Festival of Good Deeds.” Each module includes a training session on tolerance and a practice session on social issue project work. The training sessions focus on the different aspects of tolerance:
Module 1 Allow me to introduce myself, or Hello, this is me: a training session on interpersonal tolerance, social and ethnic identity.
Module 2 Life in a world of differences. Training in accepting diversity. The team. Diversity as the main resource of the team.
Module 3 Different, but equal: tolerance training with regard to socially vulnerable groups.
Module 4 At the crossroads of cultures: training in inter-cultural competence.
The practice sessions following each training module of “Five Steps To Tolerance” focus on the bases of social work planning. Each of them is universally applicable, but also intended to aid the participants in elaborating their own unique social project.
Duration of each module – 2 hours.
Following each practice, the participants are assigned a home task for independent work on social projects. The homework is then discussed at the following practice session.
An intermediate result of the work on the project is its defence as part of the concluding event “Festival of Good Deeds” (module 5). An expert jury selects and awards the ten best projects. After this, the participants can pass onto the immediate implementation of their projects. Later on, students who have completed the first tier of training can take part in the second tier of the Programme.
- The formation among students of awareness about tolerance and the means of displaying it in various life situations.
- Broadening the students' notions of the ethnic and religious diversity of the people of Russia and other countries, and of youth subcultures.
- Fostering respect towards the traditions and cultures of people of other ethnicities.
- Building inter-cultural competence among schoolchildren.
- Formation of social responsibility and an active civil stance among students.
- Assisting the creation of systems to reinforce and spread the values of tolerance in educational institutions.
- Creating a conducive psychological atmosphere in the active student body and preventing the manifestation of disrespect to each other or aggression.
- The formation and development of an active civil stance.
Target groups: college students.
Timetable: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 15:00.
Duration: 2 hours.
Attendance conditions: Free of charge with prior booking.
Classes in the program
Sessions begin with a discussion on the relevant life values of participants, and how, fundamentally, these tend to focus on the same desires for everybody: to be near one's loved ones, to love and be loved. People live in order to develop themselves, to discover new things, to be needed...
The chief content of this training session lies in its allowing teenagers to consider their own individuality and uniqueness, their particular abilities and talents. In modeling a dystopian society of lonely people, such as that described in the story “Harrison Bergeron” by the great science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut, the participants muse over the significance of differences in the life of society and of individuals. The question is then discussed of their own relations with people unlike themselves.
At the start of the session, the group takes part in a simulation game focused on understanding the particularities and needs of people with limited abilities, setting out the problem of the interrelationships between aims and possibilities, overcoming stereotypes of perception and thinking. As a result of the game, the participants' motivation for socially significant activity will be increased, both in these session and in their ordinary lives.
At the start of the session, the group takes part in activities geared towards coming to grips with the psychological mechanisms of inter-cultural communication. During the exercises, the participants undergo a transformational personal experience, leading to a rethinking of the distribution of responsibility for a civil and non-confrontational interaction between different cultures.
The “Festival of Good Deeds” social projects competition is the finale event for the first phase of the programme, at which all project teams will present their work to each other and to the expert committee. As a result of this process, ten of the best projects will be selected and recommended for entry in the municipal contest.