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Betzavta Training

The training activity took place
in Copenhagen, Denmark
organised by Mellem Education
May 3-5, 2013

Aims & objectives

The goal of the training was to use the Betzavta methodology toward democracy education. Betzavta, meaning 'together' in Hebrew, uses the dynamics of the group to shape the content of the workshop. Topics covered include democratic decision-making, minorities/majorities, conflict over limited resources, intercultural communication. Activities are engaging and interactive with a reflection session following each activity to reflect and learn from each other’s behavior. The goal is ultimately to recognize every person's equal right to freedom.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The training took place at the Trampoline House, a community center for Asylum Seekers, Danes and other people from around the world who are interested in changing the asylum policies in Denmark.

Training methods used & main activities

The Betzavta method was the main method used, which includes interactive and engaging activities and a reflection session that follows. The goal is to challenge each person on their behavior and examine the inconsistencies between theory and practice. We all say we include and accept all minorities, but is that how we behave? A more honest look is taken into our behavior in order to deepen our understanding of interpersonal relations and ourselves.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants learned a more experiential method to learn about democracy, instead of the standard top-down approach. They participated in the process and got to observe and learn new things about themselves and their behavior in a group.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I organized and facilitated all sessions. I planned the administrative side, as well as developed and configured the content and flow for the whole seminar.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

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