by Vahe Tumanyan, APY Volunteer
Training of Trainers “Trainers against discrimination” is a project implemented in three phases. The first ToT was conducted on September 9-16, Rustavi, Georgia. During the training 18 participants from Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Poland and Croatia gathered together to further develop their competences and skills as trainers. Furthermore, the training aimed at evolving participants’ skills on how to facilitate a simulation game. After a 7-day intensive work the group created a new simulation game which reflected the issue of discrimination.
The training was followed by a practical phase where participants implemented the game in their own countries. On 30th and 31st of November 2015 several young people gathered together at ”Institute For Democracy And Human Rights (IDHR)” NGO’s office to participate in a simulation game powered by ”Armenian Progressive Youth” NGO. Simulation game is a model of demonstrating the reality when the participants play certain roles and develop alternative approaches to problem-solving. Besides, simulation games are very useful tools to create trust among people. Before starting the game the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other better via some funny games.
The topic of the simulation game was national minorities’ issue. The participants were given a situation often encountered in life, everyone had his or her own role in it and they had to discuss the issue and find the best solution to it.
The aim of the game was to increase the awareness of national minorities’ integration and current problems among the young people, to create a platform to discuss discrimination and conflict issues and to help participants develop new skills and competences. The game was implemented in English because some of the participants were APY EVS program volunteers.
The project was held by ”Creative Development Center” and ”CRISP” organization, after which followed the meeting of the trainers in Split, Croatia. During the meeting the participants evaluated on the games implemented in their local realities. They shared experiences, good and bad practices, challenges they faced as facilitators and established networks for future cooperation. The training gave the participants unique opportunity to learn to use a simulation game as a powerful tool in dealing with a wide spread discrimination issue and provide young people with a platform where they can make their own decisions and come up with solutions to the problem.