COMENIUS COSSOL 2010-Zespół Szkół nr 2 Rybnik, Poland 2012Human Rights Key Competence 6 Social and Civic Competencesworkshop 18.04.2012Civic competence is based on knowledge of the concepts of democracy, justice, equality,citizenship, and civil rights, including how they are expressed in the Charter of FundamentalRights of the European Union and international declarations and how they are applied byvarious institutions at the local, regional, national, European and international levels. Full respect for human rights including equality as a basis for democracy, appreciation andunderstanding of differences between value systems of different religious or ethnic groups laythe foundations for a positive attitude. (source: KEY COMPETENCES FOR LIFELONG LEARNINGEuropean Reference Framework)On the 18th April 2012 a workshop on Human Rights was held in Zespół Szkół nr 2 inRybnik, Poland as a further implementation of the Comenius CoSSOL ideas presented byDonka Georgieva from Bulgaria during sessions at an international level in Moers 2011. Theparticipants of the workshop in Rybnik were students from the second form of bilingual highschool and teachers of foreign and native languages. The workshop was run by BeataKocjan.The session started with a discussion to work out the definition of what human rights are,followed by a video about human rights. All the participants found the film very informative,gripping and enjoyable as well.
COMENIUS COSSOL 2010-Zespół Szkół nr 2 Rybnik, Poland 2012The next step was group work on the basis of materials presenting various aspects of humanrights. The task was to choose the area where human rights are violated and to presentpossible solutions to the problem.
COMENIUS COSSOL 2010-Zespół Szkół nr 2 Rybnik, Poland 2012The heated debate was followed by presentations given by the representatives of each group.The last step of the workshop was evaluation .Answers concerning the final evaluation also appeared in a questionnaire prepared by HannaSkowrońska – the school coordinator of the project. Both students and teachers providedfeedback on the workshop.The results gathered from the questionnaire were summarizedby Kinga Matyjach - a teacher of English in ZS nr 2. Evaluation Questionnaire Analysis the workshop: 18.04.2012 Human rights 1) The students and the teachers participating in the lesson claim that they had only the basic, general knowledge about the human rights before the workshop e.g. they knew that the rights exist, that we all possess them but they are not obeyed or restricted in some parts of the world; others associated them with dignity, freedom and respect or defined them as the national or even the international law. 2) The students and the teachers say that during the workshop they realized that there is a great number of human rights but many of them are violated, disrespected. They acquired more specific knowledge especially about the history of human rights, thanks to the short film at the beginning of the lesson. Others claim that they learned how to solve the problems because they gained some skills and ideas how to deal with the abuse of human rights. Some people stress that they got to know about key competences e.g. civic competence, mathematical competence or cultural awareness. 3) What the participants enjoyed the most during the workshop was the idea of cooperation between students and visiting teachers, the group work, the usage of multimedia (especially the mentioned film), the presentations of the groups.
COMENIUS COSSOL 2010-Zespół Szkół nr 2 Rybnik, Poland 2012 4) Almost all students and teachers claim that the workshop was really interesting and useful, not only in terms of the subject of the workshop but also in terms of the interaction between the students and the teachers. Others add that it was some kind of entertainment. 5) The great majority of participants remark that the cooperation between the students and the teachers was very good and emphasize very often that it was even surprising. Some say that it was stressful for them. 6) A great number of the participants claim they wouldn’t change anything in the workshop. The timing was perfect and the lesson included an element of innovation because it was the first lesson open to the audience with voluntary visitor participants (teachers of English and other subjects) which was based on teachers-students cooperation. Teachers had a chance to observe and participate which also broadened their knowledge and they gained new experience in teaching field. However, some participants would like to have more time for conversation and lengthen the time of the lesson to give everyone a chance to get more involved in the conversation. Others say it should be more spontaneous because some students were stressed and it didn’t seem natural. But they also say it is inevitable when it comes to public performances.Teachers who took part in the workshopReport / photosHanna Skowrońska, Zespół Szkół nr 2Rybnik, Poland