Already on our first working day at CISV we had to travel to Moss for this year’s youth Peace Seminar. Our task was to facilitate a workshop on Human Rights. We chose an activity similar to Activity 4 in the Experiential Education Activities section included in the Bowl of Rights. The participants were divided into groups and had to come up with 10 rights they considered most important for a newly discovered planet. During the second part we worked with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, watched a short film about its history, and had an interesting discussion afterwards. We ended up having a group of 12 participants, about 18/19 years old, all from Nordic countries. I was very pleased with the youths, their engagement in the topic, maturity, ability to discuss and think critically. I’ve had experience mainly in the formal classroom and I’m used to standing in front of blank, demotivated faces. That workshop, however, was like a breath of fresh air. I’d like to point how lucky I consider myself for working with Bine (after all, she is the savvy CISV-er). She brought the CISV spirit to the workshop via energizers and little games (which I’ve come to realize are CISV’s trade mark).
Moss itself seemed to be a nice place, though a bit confusing. Let’s just say we took the ‘long’ way from the train station to the seminar location – more road signs needed! Nevertheless, Moss made it up to us the last day – we had a great summer day and spent the morning on the beach.
We’re now curious how the seminar would look like next year – rumor has it that it’s going to be really huge!