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NKHR's workshop, the Village Project
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2015-04-08 21:01:00
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Between the 11th and 15th of October, program officers of both Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) and the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) participated in a workshop to learn about a new education program, Village Project, in hopes to employ the project with North Korean youth defectors in the future. The Village Project is an educational program which was developed by two American professors, Noah Sobe and Amy Shuffelton. It was originally initiated and practiced with Eastern European students who were raised and educated under a socialist system mainly in Poland and Slovakia. The Village Project allowed them to experience and to learn about the democratic system while performing various activities.

 

The basic process of the project starts with students creating their own peeps or doll citizens. Once peeps are created, the next step is to establish a “village” for the peeps and create appropriate rules to manage the town including deciding the name of town, currency and public institutes, etc. Children also design and build private houses for their own peeps. While participating in this project, students are able to learn skills in areas such as presentation, discussion, drawing and creating. Moreover, as students face various problems and different opinions among participants while they are establishing the town, they can organize “town meetings” with various agendas. A moderator is selected and every agenda is decided based on majority vote. Through the town meetings, students can improve their problem-solving and decision-making skills.

 

As North Korean youth defectors are having difficulty in expressing and sharing their opinions and presenting their ideas in front of people, we think that this project will be a good educational tool for them to improve those necessary skills while they enjoy the activities. We plan to exercise this program at the NKHR’s Hangyoreh Summer and Winter School as a pilot project, and based upon the results of this trial we will develop the program and continuously employ it in our work with North Korean youth defectors as a new educational tool.      

 

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