Youth for Youth: Educating on Human Rights and Sustainable Development Objectives
Youth for Youth is a human rights and values education and awareness-raising project aimed at children and young university students. This project contributes to the development of a human rights culture in which children and young people are aware of their own rights and their obligations towards others, promoting their development as responsible members of a interdependent, free, peaceful, pluralistic and inclusive society
The project involves university students and children between 5 and 18 years of age, from schools in different regions of Spain.
Since I was a child, I was well aware that the Earth was everyone's heritage. I was also sure that no one should ever be discriminated because of its race, country of origin or sexual orientation. However, I thought that everyone held the same beliefs...
Thus, I grew up believing that we were moving towards some sort of egalitarian world in which war and discrimination were a thing of past. Nevertheless, as time went on, I discovered that this was, in fact, false and that the defense of Human Rights was something that a lot of people, sometimes anonymously, sometimes publicly, had been fighting for with sweat, blood and tears.
Thanks to the Youth to Young project, I was able to hear, first hand, the testimony of those agents of change, the ones that have given us a wide range of solutions when facing the systematic violation of human rights, directly connected with the non-application of basic principles such as the freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
The active phase of the project, the one in which we had to teach what we had learnt from the lectures, was motivating and stimulating. Despite having taken part in similar projects (through the Erasmus program in schools located in Lodz, Poland), I did not expect students to react with such an energy and precision when discussing the contents. Although nowadays it may seem like we are going downhill, Humanity is still making its way.
Carlos Barja Márquez
This project seeks to promote the fulfillment of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contribute to effective gender equality, encourage environmental sustainability and responsible consumption, foster coexistence and education free of violence, support the protection of groups at risk of vulnerability through awareness-raising, and facilitate volunteering as a mechanism for youth participation.
Training for young university students in Human Rights and SDGs
Training in emotional management for parents and gender equality training for teachers in schools
Awareness-raising in schools through workshops given by university students on human rights and values for boys and girls
Developing pedagogical material on human rights education
The content of the human rights training course at the university level is as follows:
- Human Rights. Didactic unit.
- Objectives of Sustainable Development. Didactic unit.
- Gender equality and eradication of violence against women. Didactic unit.
- Environment and sustainability. Didactic unit.
- Peace, justice and coexistence. Didactic unit.
- Protection of people at risk ok vulnerability. Didactic unit.
- Democracy and participation. Didactic unit.
- COVID FORMAT. Didactic unit.
Once the training program has been completed, the young university students put their knowledge into practice in schools that have previously agreed upon Helsinki España to take part in the project. Through a participatory methodology using pedagogical dynamics and games, they give awareness-raising workshops to school-age children.
The young university students, far from being just listeners, instead become the real actors of the project and those responsible for the transformation of their communities. The combination of training and volunteering is the most effective formula for the assimilation of concepts and the acquisition of values. The schoolchildren interact very positively with the young university students.
To date, we have managed to train 1,867 volunteers from 64 different universities on Human Rights and SDG. Through them, we have raised awareness among more than 32,600 children in more than 100 schools located in different regions of Spain, namely Andalusia, Castilla y León, Castilla la Mancha, Valencian Community, Galicia, Canary Islands, Madrid, the Basque Country, the Principality of Asturias, etc. The project has been implemented internationally in countries like the United States, Italy, Mexico, or Portugal.
Internationally, the project has been developed in the United States, Italy, Mexico and Portugal. On the other hand, we have trained 200 mothers and fathers in “emotional intelligence and conflict resolution”, as well as 100 teachers in “gender equality and human rights”.