On last Friday and Saturday, the European Foundation of Human Rights organised free training sessions on Human Rights, in Vilnius’s Władysław Syrokomla’s College. The course’s participants were mainly teachers but the event was also attended by students of local universities and colleges.
The training was led by specialists in the field of Human Rights – Dr. Laura Koba, Dr. Łukasz Wardyn and Professor Wiesław Wacławczyk. The participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the field of organising seminars about Human Rights and national minorities as a crucial part of teaching the subject of Society Studies. The two-day theoretical and practical training helped to get to know the newest teaching methods and provided opportunities for group work during workshop activities, led by Dr. Laura Koba. Coffee and lunch breaks proved to trigger many constructive discussions.
Teachers who attended will now be able to pass on the gained knowledge onto their students and will be able to use the learned methods in lessons, developing general knowledge in the field of Human Rights, at the same time.
The peak point of the training was a role-play in which a court trial was simulated, where the case regarded Children’s Rights. The simulation was carried out by the students from the aforementioned college. A participant of that role-play activity, a trainee of the Foundation and an 11th year student at Władysław Syrokomla’s college, Tomasz Jabłoński said, that “the impressions after this simulation are really unforgettable. The atmosphere was amazing, everyone was happy and felt to be privileged to take part in such an activity. Personally, I am happy that I had the possibility of participating in it and I wish to continue collaboration with people who also want to take part in projects like this one. In my opinion, the best and the youngest actor was Łukasz, who despite only being in the 5th year, he already is able to wonderfully show what he can do”.
We would especially like to thank the Principal of the Władysław Syrokomla’s College, Mrs. Danuta Silienė and the history teachers – Mrs. Maria Narkiewicz and Mrs. Maryna Taraszkiewicz who put in a lot of effort in order to make the Court room role-play and the whole training so unforgettable. We think that their efforts proved to have great effects, as people who only planned to come on Friday, also came on Saturday – “it would be a sin not to make the best of such an opportunity” – said one of the history teachers who gave up her personal plans for the training.
The Foundation would also like to thank the sponsors without which the training would not take place, and to be precise, the thank you goes to Help for Poles in the East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, family hotel RunMis and online store Adshop.lt. We also thank our partner Cyk.lt Web & IT Services.
We are also thankful for media support of our training that we received from the Vilnius Courier, Vilnius Weekly, Wilnoteka, radio Znad Wilii and Association of Polish Scientists in Lithuania.
We hope to see you during our next training session!
Translated by Kamil Szwarc within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.