ALEF’s education and outreach program in Lebanon is one of the only responses to a growing need for formal and non-formal human rights and democracy educational programs.
In 2012 ALEF developed a network of programs called Club 3D (Droits, Devoirs, Democratie / Rights, Duties and Democracy) in secondary schools around Lebanon. The 3D clubs are human rights projects aimed at raising awareness for human rights and democracy.
The actions of the 3D clubs were the following:
- Raising awareness through the dissemination of information and values of positive human rights practices
- Training of the club co-facilitators on the issues of human rights and group facilitation and dynamics
ALEF implemented its 3D clubs in the following schools
- St Georges Hadath
- St Joseph de l’apparition
- St Georges Zalka
- Sacré Coeur
- International College
The general objective of this project is to promote the values of human rights and the practice of democracy.
The specific objectives were the following:
- To create a sustainable infrastructure in Lebanese schools that promotes human rights and the practice of democracy
- Provide a suitable framework to develop young peoples’ skills and encourage them to create new tools for raising awareness on human rights and democracy.
The methodology of peer-to-peer education, a process where youth participants pass on their experiences to one another, was used during the non-formal education sessions. Every « Club 3D» is organized by co-facilitators, volunteering from universities around Lebanon. This methodology has proven efficient due to the readiness of youth to hear personalized stories from their peers about real factual events which might serve as an inspiration or motivation towards accomplishing change(what do you mean by personalize messages? Give an extra sentence about this).
The approach that is mostly participatory and allows them:
- To exchange ideas through group discussion
- To reconsider their behaviour, to analyze it, to learn to control negative reactions to situations and to practice the acquired skills through role play.
- To organize oriented and guided entertainment through educational means as board games, outdoor meetings, exhibitions, presentations and audiovisual means.
ALEF uses COMPASS, a manual on how to promote human rights education for young people, published by the Council of Europe.