A dialectic process
It is a vital need to make children and young people realize and fully understand the purpose of their education and training. For children and young people to fully understand the relevance of practising specific skills, it is necessary to bring in bits of the of their real life situation to the teaching and training sessions. This could be done through fieldtrips, through visiting-teachers and/or professionals, and in general by creating problem based learning situations inspired by a real life situation and/or the students’ personal experiences.
Learning is an interactive process. Students engage in learning activities as individuals, but their learning experience and outcome is fully dependent on the engagement with co-student and teachers/trainers. Students of all ages learn together, the younger students learn from the older, and the older learn from teaching the younger students, and vice versa. In active group work they come to realize their interdependence when setting goals and making decisions. Therefore the corporation among children and youth of different ages, as well as among students and teachers/trainers offers a beneficial and motivating learning environment
To be able to learn and act independently is definitely a lot more challenging than reproducing pre-determined skills and values. To make up your own critical mind is a lifelong task, which will need continued nurturing. To be able to believe in one-self, ones competences, aspirations, and opinions is a delicate matter, which can only be fostered through sincere involvement. In Ajial we work to involve the youth as much as possible, not only through projects on youth democracy forums and political mobilization, but also through general involvement of the youth in planning and evaluation processes in Ajial.