Please help spread the word about the just-released and unprecedented, Human Total: a Violence Prevention Learning Resource. Human Total is the result of years of research, experience, consultation, field-testing, and revision. Created by the organizations specializing in human rights education, life skills education, and alcohol policy listed below, with the help of experts from around the world, in these and other, key fields, the Learning Resource helps young people, their families and communities identify, rethink and prevent violence in their lives, as well as the discrimination that socializes many men and boys to commit it.
We successfully piloted Human Total with learners 10 to 21 years of age, who confront everything from ethnic conflict, forced displacement, gangs and child prostitution to famine-driven brutality, family violence and child labor. We field-tested in formal and informal educational settings, at five rural, semi-urban, and urban sites in East Africa and Central America, where piloting partners recommended the Learning Resource for learners as old as 24. Valuable feedback from learners, facilitators and parents helped us refine and produce Human Total and the workshop for first-time facilitators available at the links below. A Spanish translation of both will be released by October 2013.
The life-changing, intergenerational benefits that learners, parents, and educators reported, as well as the speed with which these advances accrued, far surpassed our expectations. Hoping to win parents’ acceptance of the learner empowerment inherent in the Human Total process, we were pleased to learn that they not only accepted this growth; many expressed a newfound perception of their own need to change and a desire to benefit from the Learning Resource directly. We expected to help participants recognize the many forms that violence takes, as well as learn their rights and safe ways to defend these rights. Yet, a number of pilot participants learned so quickly, and felt so empowered by the Human Total process, that they reported ongoing, serious human rights violations against them of which no one but the perpetrators in their immediate community had been aware. (Protective action was taken immediately.)
If you or a colleague of yours works on, or is interested in, violence prevention, the interface between culture and human rights, gender (discrimination), empowerment for social change, life skills, education, or corporate social responsibility, please share Human Total generously. Do not hesitate to contact me or the sponsoring organizations — Human Rights Education Associates, Instituto Mexicano de Investigación de Familia y Población, and the International Center for Alcohol Policies — with your questions, feedback, or ideas for follow-up.
Human Total: A Violence Prevention Learning Resource http://www.hrea.org/index.php?doc_id=2153,http://icap.org/Publications/ViolencePreventionLearningResource/tabid/551/Default.aspx
Human Total Facilitators Workshop
Courtney Mireille O’Connor, Esquire
International Jurist & Operations Policy Advisor
Educator praise for Human Total
“At first, when we started this program, the mental blocks we’d had since we were small were so elongated that understanding [human rights] and [their] relevance in our daily lives appeared impossible. Right now, we are all so empowered, thanks to [Human Total]. It has never been easier. I want to be a part of this program when it unfolds after the pilot. This is what [my country] and the world at large need: a simple approach to the elimination of violence!”
“One of the [Human Total participants] came to me and said, “I was going to get into a fight with boys from the neighboring school; but I remembered other children’s rights and decided it wasn’t ok.” Wow! I could not believe my ears. I envisaged [the Human Total] effect; but I had not seen [it] coming so soon.”
“In my country, we hear of human rights only through activists. I am glad to know they are not as mysterious as they are made to sound, and that they are actually an everyday thing.”
“This program offered a new approach to change my perception of human rights [to] something that is ideal and fundamental to every individual. It was personally very relevant.”
(See Learning Resource and Facilitators’ Workshop, for more feedback, including from participants and parents.)