Security workshop

What is security and what does it mean to me?

This seminar material was produced by participants of the international seminar on Dialogue, Trust and Security – European Youth Perspectives on the OSCE in November 2016 organised by the Schwarzkopf Foundation with the support of the German Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016.

Throughout the year 2016, the Schwarzkopf Foundation has organised events related to European security topics. The events have marked the German Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, short: OSCE. From November 10 – 11, 2016, a final seminar on Dialogue, Trust and Security – European Youth Perspectives on the OSCE in 2016 brought together 25 participants from 13 countries, who are involved as peer trainers to the European wide school project Understanding Europe. Within the framework of Understanding Europe, they engage in discussions with pupils across Europe and bring European Citizenship Education into the classrooms. The pupils’ questions on Europe are the starting point of each course in schools across Europe.

After mapping out how current debates on conflicts and security in Europe are shaped, they further developed ideas on how to challenge national perspectives with a transnational outlook and how to encourage pupils to openly debate with each other. The ideas and the material filmed and produced during the seminar was then finalised by Anne Felmet and Thomas Leszke, two peer-trainers in the project, the short video, being a central part of the material, was finalised by Oliver Kötter, a volunteer in the youth network of the European Youth Parliament.

Background material for Peer-Trainers

As an ideal scenario, the seminar material is used with at least 10 pupils above 15/16 years old. The Schwarzkopf Foundation focuses on peer-to-peer learning and thus recommends to use this material in a similar setting.

A Trainer Manualoutlines the learning goals of the seminar material, indicates notes for the working environment and step-by-step remarks for the trainer conducting the seminar.

The Seminar Plan summarises the step-by-step remarks and serves as a timetable.
Working material for students

A Work Assignment indicates tasks for the participating pupils. Beginning with a short Videothe pupils can work with the trainer on different aspects of security. For a better understanding of these aspects a set of Security Definitions is provided in the material set.

The seminar material was produced in English language and translated into German and Russian. A video accompanying the material includes subtitles in English, German and Russian and is also available as a separate Russian version.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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