Producing development is no easy task. It is about making sure that the experiences you gain have a lasting impact on the people whose lives you touch. It is about pushing for peace and cooperation between people by being honest and incorruptible. It is about living a healthy lifestyle so you can stay fit, productive and active into old age. It is about deciding to learn new things, being constantly curious and interested in knowing the latest on current events, world politics and scientific progress. It is about taking responsibility, producing results and reaching goals. It is about developing insights into the conditions of people.
To formulate a training program to live up to these vast expectations is also no easy task. The training at One World Center Denmark in International Development studies has as its basis: The World, It's People and It's Conditions. The training program is untraditional, practical and also beneficial, offering solutions to many of the problems with which modern education is struggling. In our unconventional school the teaching and learning takes place through:
Learning by Doing
We learn the most not when we read something in a book but when we actually get our hands dirty doing it. You could read everything that was ever written about sawing a piece of wood but you would still not be able to describe the feeling of the saw in your hand or the vibration you feel when it cuts through the material, you also would not be able to teach somebody else to do it, for that you need to do and feel and maybe make mistakes along the way to learning the skill.
Learning by doing is a challenge and everybody will make mistakes, but this interaction between the student and the object of learning is the best way to learn more, understand better and develop new ideas and thoughts about the best way to do something.
The participant is presented with and encouraged to use many different opportunities to experience new things and thereby learn how to take responsibility, how to organize, how to lead and get development to take off the ground. This all leads to improved leadership skills, social skills and communication skills.
There are many benefits of working together as a team, the biggest one being that the capacity to experience, think and see jointly are all combined and this increases your capacity to act together. In this way it is possible for a group of people working together to achieve much more than it would be for any one person alone. At the same time, the ability to work alone, take the initiative and responsibility for a task and the result that comes from it is also important. One thing feeds into the other and you learn to work as a team both when you are undertaking the same task together and when you are working alone to complete a part of a common goal.