Awareness at the Source

After more than eleven years of action on the ground, and with 15 years training children, teenagers and adults, it was clear for Carla that it was a moral obligation to spread the actions, experiences and anecdotes lived in Bolivia to the Andorran future generations.
For this reason, Cooperand transmits values ​​to the youth through various actions:

  • Awareness campaigns in different schools and associations in the country throughout the year.
  • Creation and coordination of awareness campaigns, charitable donations and promotion of the projects, which are deemed necessary, already implemented, or in progress.
  • Management and coordination of the yearly volunteers training campaign with the practical support to the volunteers who will travel to the different projects’ destinations.
Projects ESA
Proyecto en proceso de consulta, modificaciones y aprobación e implementación (Feb’2015)

Synthesis
The law 90/2010, of December 16 states about volunteering in Andorra:
This law aims at positioning the movement of volunteers to meet these challenges and turn them into opportunities for society and for each of its areas of activity, and promote citizens’ participation in the context of volunteering and the matters of general interest, in an explicit recognition of the right of citizens to engage and intervene with responsibility in public life, as one of the cornerstones of Andorran society and one of the basic principles of democracy.

A new impulse must be given to volunteering in order to find new ways and encourage the participation of people through new forms of relationship and the promotion of new social figures. There is a need for awareness and for the creation of a favourable climate both in public opinion and economic and social agents about the importance of volunteering and the need to promote it as a tool for improvement and growth. To achieve these objectives, this law creates the Andorran Volunteer Committee, the body for the promotion of counselling and consultation in the field of volunteering for the Public Administration and for all the citizens.

ESA is an educational program that provides an important amount of educational resources around issues related to education for peace and solidarity, essential values that need to be enhanced ​​among young people, involving them more and more in citizenship responsibility and social service.

Objectives
Promoting global education, which aims to generate in the targeted population a change of attitudes and values ​​framed in a social, political, economic and cultural project which encourages greater social justice, equality between women and men, respect for the environment and the fundamental rights of all individuals and people.

Training in all areas of society, with special emphasis on the training of teachers, educators and young people to develop solidarity and cooperation between people.

Encouraging a gradual change in the Andorran young people, enhancing personal commitment, which has personal and local consequences as well as widespread consequences on the local and global community.

Contributing to the development of a fairer and more equitable society between women and men where they may enjoy the same opportunities and rights through education, information, training, cooperation, research, awareness and reporting.

Selecting, analysing and transmitting information about local and global causes and the consequences of the mainstream economic model, as well as about the cooperation projects and programs with the countries of the south. Raising awareness of the public opinion about the serious current economic and social issues.

Denouncing and rejecting economic policies, which generate an individualistic and competitive society, as well as the imposition of the model of a minority over a majority, which creates even greater differences between rich and poor.

Analysing the socioeconomic and cultural problems of our country and the poor countries for the development of mini-projects and specific programs, which contribute to correct the detected deficits, their monitoring, assessment and improvement.

Providing intervention tools, basic skills and abilities to handle situations in the field of volunteering and motivate youth to collaborate with various social organizations in the country, as well as facilitating them a second international volunteering program.

Coordinating with social programs from organizations in the country that have similar objectives than ESA educational program and help its members have access to collaboration as volunteers.

Who is Targeted
Teachers and students from high schools and vocational training schools who want to introduce the Education for Peace and Solidarity in their educational curriculum, as well as to promote and encourage volunteering among the Andorran youth.

Duration and Schedule
Within the pilot phase for the 2015-2016 school year, the teacher training and motivation to present the ESA educational program will last six hours that can be implemented between the months of January and February.
Each topic from the curriculum will be presented along with all the educational support and teaching resources prepared by the entity Cooperand with the collaboration of volunteers and other associations in the country.

ESA will be implemented by the head teacher between the second and third trimester of 2015-2016 to school students from the eleventh grade and vocational training courses. This means 30 hours of work in the "Solidarity Classroom" (2 hours per week between the weeks from March to June, which excluding the school holidays amounts to a total of 15 weeks) and 6 hours of personal work for the elaboration and defence of the end-of-the-year project.

If the outcome of this first pilot project is positive and good results are achieved, the educational program could be extended to the second year of high school next school year and to the 3rd and 4th year of secondary education in the following year, thus covering all the young people who are within the range age of being volunteers as stated by the law. Throughout the program the managers of ESA will take part in one meeting in every classroom in order to follow up and support teachers in the planned tasks.

The educational program ESA will have an interactive website where both teachers and students will have access to documents and be able to make inquiries of interest and/or ask for support.

Curriculum:
  • Human rights
  • Violence and armed conflict
  • Immigration
  • Gender
  • Children
  • Development
  • Culture of Peace
  • Globalisation
  • Fair Trade and Responsible Consumption
  • Cooperation and Volunteering
The most important human values ​​that will be dealt with, directly related to the contents are: respect, empathy, solidarity, peace, responsibility, sensitivity, communication, will, gratitude, sacrifice, understanding, freedom, justice and tolerance, among others.

Methodology
Theoretical presentations and case studies supported by information and educational resources (files, videos, stories, games, articles and a wide range and variety of websites for consultation and lesson plans for the classroom) that complement the basic contents covered by the program offered by ESA.

Participation of entities, organizations and volunteers in this area of ​​intervention. To fulfil its aims ESA will continue to carry out the following activities:

Developing of global educational programs and awareness activities in Andorra, aimed at changing attitudes and values ​​that promote a fairer and more solidary world.

Strategy and awareness campaigns and training of volunteers to promote among young people the values ​​of solidarity and commitment.

Study analysis and elaboration of specific projects and programs that contribute to improving the situation of marginalized groups in the Southern countries.

Academic Representative
Cooperand with Latin America

Evaluation Process
Students will have to prepare, present and defend in group, a specific development program or project aimed at improving a situation detected in Andorra, whether socioeconomic, political or cultural with the dual purpose of correcting and progressing in terms of equality and justice and learning to design development projects multiplying proposals and gestures of solidarity for a more solidary country and a freer world.

Qualifications
Students who will pass the evaluation process established by the program and the defence of their final project will receive a certificate of completion in Education for Peace and Solidarity from the training centre and the training organization.

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