Local Development Model Aligned with the 4 Pillars of Education

Plataforma Brasil Institute, in all its projects, works from an unprecedented model of local development that is composed of five movements: Approach, Connect, Undertake, Consolidate and Sustain.

This model starts with valuing and engaging the people involved and gradually transforms the entire community in an articulated and motivated way to implement important social and ecological changes for their neighbourhood, municipality, region, country and planet.

Young people have a fundamental role in this process and are the protagonists of transformative changes. They work in partnership with adults, involving different sectors, generations and cultures.

The Anne Frank Educational Program aligns with the four Pillars of Education, proposed by Unesco. Prepared in 1999 by Jacques Delors, a French teacher, the four Pillars of Education were published in the report ‘Education: a treasure to be discovered’ and define the learnings considered essential for children to develop themselves cognitively and socially.

These are:

1 – Learning to know

What is it?

This pillar involves the act of understanding, discovering or building knowledge. More than acquiring knowledge, children must have a real interest in information and a pleasure in constantly learning and improving.

How do we work with this in the Anne Frank Educational Program?

Anne Frank is an inspiration and an example of overcoming difficulties for many young people today. This stimulates their curiosity and makes them want to know more about the life and the times Anne Frank lived in. The Anne Frank House developed many modern educational tools focused on young people through which they can deepen their knowledge and find answers for their questions, in a offline and online way. All the face to face activities developed directly with the youngsters, like trainings, encounters and visits, always mix two very important elements for the engagement of the youth: fun and purpose. 

This pillar has a direct relationship with the movements Approach and Connect.

2 – Learning to do

What is it?

In addition to gaining theoretical knowledge, children need to put it into practice. By mobilizing  their cognitive skills, they must be able to:

Make choices;

Think critically;

Solve problems;

Act in the most appropriate manner in uncertain situations;

Do not rely on pre-existing models.

How do we work with this in the Anne Frank Educational Program?

During the first training and involvement as a guide of a Anne Frank exhibition, the involved youngsters are empowered to assume a new role of youth protagonism. After this first experience, they begin to promote in their community activities that are directly related to the life story of Anne Frank or are inspired by her legacy.

From these actions on, the knowledge of the involved young people deepens and, in the process of doing, they are empowered to promote actions in an increasingly independent and self-sustainable way.

This stage has a direct relationship with the movements: Undertake, Consolidate and Sustain.

3 – Learning to live together

What is it?

Knowing how to live in society and putting oneself in the other’s shoes are key factors nowadays. This pillar, therefore, revolves around the learning of nonviolence, in which hostility gives way to a collaborative spirit.

How do we work with this in the Anne Frank Educational Program?

Organized in a Anne Frank Youth Network, the involved youngsters become part of creative spaces where they develop joint actions on topics relevant to youth. Through the practice of Non-Violent Communication, hostility gives way to a collaborative spirit and they learn to respect and value different opinions and point of views.

This learning takes place and deepens throughout the whole process of the five movements: Approach, Connect, Undertake, Consolidate and Sustain.

4 – Learning to be

What is it?

The last pillar of UNESCO’s education is related to the development of being as a whole. In this case, everyone needs to be able to think critically and autonomously and be able to form their own value judgment.

The key factors of this learning are:

Intelligence;

Creativity;

Sensitivity;

Responsibility;

Critical thinking;

Ethics.

The pillar also encourages the diversity of personalities and talents – avoiding any pattern of behavior to be followed. For this, it is essential that young people experience occasions that allow cultural, social, artistic, sporting, scientific and aesthetic discoveries and experimentations.

How do we work with this in the Anne Frank Educational Program?

The work developed by the Anne Frank House focuses specifically on issues related to identity and the appreciation of diversity, in particular, around the theme of “Let me be myself”. Through a wide variety of educational materials, young people are encouraged to develop new skills and reflect on their own identity and their rights and duties. They also learn how discrimination and exclusion processes function and what their role in society can be.

This learning takes place and deepens throughout the whole process of the five movements: Approach, Connect, Endeavour, Consolidate and Sustain.

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