CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

SIMschools – Teaching Human Rights with Simulation Games

In cooperation with the biggest teachers’ movement in Ukraine EdCamp, and the European Union we start a big-scale project to make the learning of human rights easier and more interactive.

CRISP and EdCamp are sure that human rights education in Ukraine should be facilitated through spreading new tools to deal with the topic at schools. Simulation games method is a perfect way to teach about complex issues in an interactive and easy-to-understand way. Throughout this two-year-long project, a big pool of teachers and civil society actors will be involved, and thousands of students will experience the method. We are working in close cooperation with local stakeholders and have a political support from the side of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Duration

January 2020 – November 2021

Locations

Ukraine

Participants

15 school teachers and 5 civil society actors

Beneficiaries

2500

Budget

186.774 EUR

 

Project Goals

SIMschool aims to increase respect towards human rights and basic freedoms in Ukraine and foster democratic and tolerant society by empowering Ukrainian schoolteachers with relevant knowledge and practical skills on how to create and facilitate simulation games as a sustainable and interactive tool.

Before the target groups act as multipliers, they need to have a clear understanding of human rights themselves, thus the project includes an introduction into the topic and builds on the needs of the actors involved.

Target Groups

To the target groups of SIMschool belong:

  1. 225 teachers form different regions of Ukraine that are actively engaged in secondary schools and are eager to gain new tools for human rights education;
  2. 75 civil society activists that are involved in the reform “New Ukrainian School” or are eager to increase their engagement in this field;
  3. 3000 school students who will take part in the simulation games facilitated by the trained teachers.

 

Activities

The direct target group – 15 teachers and 5 civil society actors – will gather for 3 Trainings of Trainers (TOT 1 - 24-27.02.2020, TOT 2 - 22-26.04.2020, TOT 3 - 17-19.08.2020) in Ukraine. Their goal during these sessions is to create a toolkit with 3 modules:

  1. Introduction to non-formal education, human rights and non-discrimination;

  2. Simulation games on human rights on individual level;

  3. Simulation game on human rights on society level.

Besides that, we shall:

  • provide beta testing of the developed toolkit for human rights education (May-July 2020);

  • organize and hold workshops and roundtables to explain how to use the toolkit (October-December 2020);

  • use the developed toolkit in the educational process and share the results (January-October 2021).

The team is formed with attention to the different representation by regional affiliation, age, positions, subjects of teaching.

Upon completion of the development and testing phase (2020), the team members will receive

  1. The certificate of the developers of simulation games and coaches on the method of their implementation in the educational process;

  2. Indication of the authorship in the final version (online, printed) of the toolkit;

  3. non-competitive invitation to participate in EdCamp Ukraine 2020 and 2021 events;

  4. advisory support for further development and implementation of simulation games on other topics by CRISP.