In 2006 ARSIS was officially designated by the Council of Europe as a body for the translation into Greek, reproduction and dissemination of the methodology for the training of COMPASS trainers, and it organizes relevant seminars. COMPASS is a methodological guide for the training of the young on the issue of human rights, which provides teachers, professors, and, more generally, scientists who work with young people with a theoretical framework, methodological guidance, practical exercises, educational material and activity proposals, for the purpose of informing and mobilizing young people to actively engage with the wider issues of human rights and, therefore, of the contemporary social problems concerning the local and global community.
Moreover, ARSIS implements programs in cooperation with the offices of primary and secondary education so as to raise awareness of male and female students in relation to human rights, prevention of racism and violence at school and especially, the rights of children and young people.
While, cooperation is developing with teachers on education and awareness in encouragement and empowering young people.
In addition, information or training sessions are organized with teachers and students in university colleges and vocational training institutes, while actions of awareness and social intervention are jointly designed.
From October 2014, ARSIS implements the program “Activities for the awareness raising of the Youth, throughCompass Compasito manuals”. This project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Grants Greek NGO Programme “We are all Citizens”. The Bodossaki Foundation is the Fund Operator of this Programme. The Programme aims to strengthen civil society and enhance the contribution of NGOs to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.
Under the project, ARSIS issued, for the first time in Greece, the Compasito manual- Manual for the Human Rights Education with Children, in cooperation with the NGO Support Centre, which has made the translation and printing of Compasito in Cyprus. Also, ARSIS issued the full revised and updated COMPASS, and is now the point of disposal of the two manual in primary and secondary schools, offices of primary and secondary education, libraries and institutions.
Awareness actions of young people on human rights through training Compass and Compasito manuals
Trainers Training Seminars:
Under the program “Activities for the awareness raising of the Youth, through Compass Compasito manuals” from November to January, four educational seminars for trainers were held in Athens and Thessaloniki. ARSIS created, in collaboration with the participants of the seminars, a Volunteer Network for the Awareness on Human Rights in both cities with professional participants who are active in youth work, social scientists and educators. And its aim is the dissemination of children’s and young people education processes on human rights in formal, non formal and atypical learning environments.
Calendar Interventions in schools in Thessaloniki:
In the academic year 2014 – 2015, a network of executives and ARSIS volunteers, trained in the use of Compass and Compasito manuals made 70 interventions on human rights in 30 primary and secondary schools with the participation of 900 children and young people from January to June 2015, in Thessaloniki.
For the current school year 2015 – 2016, the staff and the project volunteers are hosted in Children Libraries of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Vafopoulio Cultural Center, where 30 scheduled interventions on diversity, racism, war and peace, poverty, social exclusion and other global human rights issues to students of 17 primary schools of Thessaloniki will be held.
At the same time, 42 active teachers of primary and secondary education and the Second Chance Schools that participated in the seminars which were conducted by ARSIS for the use of the Council of Europe training manuals, operating interventions in their school units to promote education on human rights and awareness of children and youth.