Non-formal Education and the Integrated Approach to the Safety

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Session Description

The team consisting of S.A.F.E. Georgia trainers will conduct a workshop presenting the approach to integrated safety used in the project. The session will stress the necessity of uniting physical, digital and psychosocial security in order to achieve the goal of risk minimization in the work process for media and/or activism. The proposed session will also stress the success of use of non-formal education in the process. As the team, our aim is to support participants to gain new competences. Competence is skills/knowledge+attitude. In order, to achieve this, we incorporate the main principles of non-formal learning: Voluntary participation – participation in our training course based on free will of our participants; Safe environment – the trainings takes place in specific/autonomous environment, this gives a chance to open learning and participation, and minimizes risk to harm; Active Participation – active participation is achieved via creating situations to gain new experience and by providing materials for active discussion; Holistic Approach – We do not ignore feelings, mind, physiology, we pay a great attention to a single person, as well as to the group and the subject; Learning by doing - process of non-formal education is based on experience, experience is reflected on and named, conclusions are made, given sense and applied in real life; Open and non-formal communication - non-formal learning is a safe process, where people can be themselves by sharing their life experience. It is also a space for learning from each other. Non-competitive environment- we avoid creating artificial competitive environment, as competition is what drives the contemporary society. This supports participants not be compared to each other, gives an opportunity to assess themselves. Group oriented learning - group is perceived as a certain model of society and as mean. A group serves as a setting for making common decisions, sharing work and responsibilities. More specifically the team will present ‘SAFE Café’ exercise that will involve participants and ideally show them how the process works and why integration and non-formal methods work. The exercise will address the basic step of mapping the existing risks, keeping in mind all three domains of security. The exercise will be concluded by the discussion of the proposed methods and ways it can be used in safety/security trainings. The session’s target audience is quite large – from media professionals to different kind of political and social activists or individuals working on sensitive topics/environment.

Non-formal Education and the Integrated Approach to the Safety
Presenter/s Temur Kighuradze, Mikheil Devsurashvili, Davit Kakava
Organization SAFE Initiative
Bio/s The team is SAFE Georgia crew members: Mikheil Devusrashvili, digital security trainer with years of experience working with media in post-soviet countries, Temur Kighuradze, physical security trainer – a former conflict reporter with experience of working in hostile environment in the conflicts in Northern Africa, Middle east and Eastern Europe and Davit Kakava, training coordinator with a rich experience of non-formal education for youth projects in Eastern Europe.
Language English

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