Compassion Education Corps
Utilize an established network of cities, specialized partners and a community of a million people to respond to educational needs & crises.
This picture reflects the Charter for Compassion's Schools initiative. We have over 3000 global schools that have signed the Charter committing to recognizing that every person shares a common humanity capable both of happiness and suffering; that students represent different abilities, body sizes, races, religions, classes, gender identities and sexual orientations; that intolerance and hatred cause suffering and that as students stand by doing nothing, they contribute to the problem.
What problem does your innovation solve?
The Charter for Compassion proposes the creation & implementation of a corps of global volunteers from our network: to react to continuing the education of students during times of crisis and disaster and to create an online learning program for girls who are being robbed of an education. We intend to team up with Xocial.com, a company known for applying technology that tackle difficult problems & promotes community and action in their platforms. Also, Xocial has a track record on measurement.
Explain your innovation.
We propose to create and execute a train-the-trainer program. The design and implementation would be for a corps of teachers, social workers and Charter members, in a selected pilot country, to be able to respond in an emergency to the educational needs of youth and especially of girls. As purported in the writings of Paulo Friere we would be working closely with local people to inform the content and process for the program. For example, the Charter has a number of partners in Amman, Jordan, who are working with refugee programs at the border and in Amman proper, who currently help with tutoring and providing supplemental learning experiences. Many of the latter are geared to what might be termed "survival education." While this is meaningful work it doesn't always get to the core need of education as seen by youth and their families. With the help of the Compassion Education Corps we will work to enhance existing curricula and work with Xocial.com to produce the curricula through smart phones, use of the cloud and/or by using flash drives. The simpler the technology the better. In a recent training session in Amman, working with almost 250 students, teachers, admin and parents, students from 11 different schools undertook creating compassion projects for their individual schools by using the OpenIDEO process. We can use this same process to design our curriculum. The beauty of working with local partners is that the material can be developed in the vernacular language.
Group picture of some of the students involved in the March 2017, Compassion Summit Bootcamp in Amman, Jordan. During the conference students had an opportunity to meet with refugee youth to exchange stories on these issues:
1. We Are All Born Free & Equal
2. Don’t Discriminate
3. The Right to Life
4. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us
5. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go. I am a person just like you!
6. We’re All Equal Before the Law.
This illustration represents a toolkit to help participants work their way through the design thinking process. It provided a step-by-step approach on how to design a compassionate action plan which was a significant part of a Compassion Summit which is addressed below. Some of the projects that students worked on were how to increase involvement in working with local refugee projects, how to interact with guest workers and how to involve the majority of a school population in action plans.
At a recent three day conference on Compassion and Action, students from 11 different schools from 5 countries participated in a Compassion Boot Camp. Over the days they focused working on goals and challenges they could present to leadership committees in each of their schools. The process that was used was designed thinking. Their plans were presented to the entire assembly. This is the type of process we intent to use in formulating the content and process of our Compassion Ed Corps program.
This video created by the Amman Compassion team highlights the principles of the Charter in Arabic. It is the intent of the Charter to facilitate work with a grassroots core group to work on issues of grave concern in a community. There are 1.4 million refugees in a population of 7.5 million. Creating a Compassion Ed Corps within Jordan in association with the city organizing team will help deal directly with resettlement issues and help secure the lives of the next generation.
The world will benefit from the education of a child. With more than 123 million children between the ages of 15- 24, who can't read or write, 61% are girls. Children born to literate mothers are 50% more likely to send their children to school thus ending a cycle that plaques over 65 million girls. In Amman with the refugee crisis, there are many professionals in the camps and in resettlement who can become a part of the Compassion Ed Corps-becoming primary contributors and teachers in the program along with local Charter members. The program can be a K-12 venture, with the help of involving older students with younger children as well as with corps members. Curriculum will be developed to respond to the needs of girls. Number of children served will be based on how many people are in the corps. We propose to work where we have multiple partners. Our expectations are high. Measurement will be quantitative & qualitative-pointing to skills & content results & analysis for replication.
Remas: One story out of 1.3 million Syrian refugees
Remas is 13 years of age, a student who is resilient, anxious to learn, interested in her family and being with friends.
Remas has lived in Za’atari, a Syrian camp for four years. Only about 1/3rd of her friends are receiving an education. She can attend a Jordanian school, but her parents can’t afford the cost—this is true of over 90% of the refugee children in Jordan.
Struggle to Get an Education:
Make personal with students of different ages and parents Listen to their dreams, fears, needs.
Learn What is Being Done, Determine Needs:
Work with UNICEF & Jordanian Ministry of Ed reps, parents & students from camps, Compassion Education Corps meet for a week to create the structural plan for the project. International volunteers teams participate via internet. Contact other OpenIDEO projects that are similar to ours and invite into the process.
Plan to Reach Vulnerable Education
Using design thinking principles (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) grid out the project and begin to create. Work with technology experts.
Set Pilot, Review Content & Process
Use the Human Design Mindset principles to weigh against plan. Invite OpenIDEO awardees to react to plan, content and process experiences. Work with local Compassion Education Corps to set and launch pilot.
Work with Students, Parents and Compassion Education Corps to Refine Project:
Set up evaluation and measurement processes with students. Evaluate content experienced—determine what is working and isn’t. Iterate content and process.
Prepare to Replicate Program:
Share results with international teams. Analyze quantitative research, stories and student-centered evaluations. Go back to the drawing board to work for improvement and change approaches for the project being replicated in ot
How is your innovation unique?
We are proposing a student directed curriculum. Just as Sugata Mitra was able to prove with his "Hole in the Wall" approach to education (he put a computer in a hut in India- allowed students to use it) students can learn on their own & more importantly teach others. Mitra has gone on to do amazing work world wide. We are adding help to students in the way of the Compassion Education Corps-directed by people from their own communities-in their own language. Integrate the work originating in Paulo Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, starting with the notion of coming to consciousness of need and incorporate Mitra's learning experiences. Our approach will also include the principles of Robert Hanvey through introducing how education should be guided by understanding one's own perspectives and weighing them against others, awareness and caring for the earth, importance of cultural continuity, and an acute understanding of the inter-dependency of the world and responsibility to act.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
Technological transfer of content is a concern. How best to work with locals to determine the educational content needs and address the differences in values: such as the importance of girls receiving equal education opportunities. Development of unique pragmatic experiences that become a focal points for continuing on a theme of learning. Arriving at several different models of measurement & evaluation, i.e., how can students measure their own learning and make decisions on next steps; what parts of what we do can be replicated in other geographic areas; can there be a template through which we can start a new process; how much of the training can be done through the internet; what are the best presentations for archiving materials.
Tell us more about you.
Charter for Compassion is a network of cities, made up of grassroot organizers who are working on sustainable action plans to address severe needs in their locale. They do this in conjunction with sector partners (arts, business, education, environment, healthcare, interfaith, peace, social justice, social services, science & research, women & girls). There are 400 cities & 1700 partners. In addition, we have geographic hubs in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, UK, USA.
This is a Kumu map that shows the cities of the UK Charter for Compassion Hub. It is a visual example of one of several hubs that CCI works with in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, USA and United Kingdom. We have compassionate city campaigns in 52 countries of the world. Each of the hubs work directly with local Charter partners and many of our partners work across geographic boundaries. There are on average about 50-150 partners per hub.
"The task for our generation...is to build a global community where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony." These are the words of Karen Armstrong who won the first TED Talk award for her idea to form a Charter for Compassion. The ideas set forth in this video give CCI the impetus to move forward to form this Compassion Education Corps. It is our responsibility to take on tasks that breakdown polarization in the world, break down boundaries and create a just world.
Bali, Bandung, Banyuwangi, Bojoonegro, Garut, Purwakarta, Sragen are all Indonesian cities that have affirmed the Charter for Compassion, meaning that they have action plans to address the grave needs of their cities. Jakarta, Jakarta Barat, Sumedang & Surabaya all have started initiatives. The campaigns are overseen by Peace Generation-Indonesia. CCI can enlist these cities and their teams of organizers and local partners and members to be involve in developing the Compassion Education Corps.
CCI has experience in producing on-line materials. The Charter Tool Box won the Out of the Box Award in 2015. It was developed as a four-part framework for building a Compassionate Community. The objectives of efforts are related to the well-being of the community, e.g., decreased crime, increased assets for youth, economic improvement, and increased resilience. Similar Tool Boxes are being designed in Social Justice & Healthcare. In 2016, an Islamophobia Guidebook was released on-line.
This video outlines the work of the Charter for Compassion in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Director of the organizing team explains the various education projects that are occurring in Monterrey and surrounding communities. The team comprised of several educators is also working with local partners in business and with 9 local universities. It is this kind of team which the Charter has in several global areas who would be drawn into the Compassion Education Corps.
The Charter for Compassion has a robust program in Karachi and is situated to be working in 300 schools in the next few years. This talk by Amin Hashwani, founder of the movement in Pakistan, demonstrates the importance of working at the grassroots level when building a program that relates culturally and politically to a specific local. The reach of Compassionate Pakistan is extensive, supporting social initiatives in the field of education, health, youth development, culture, and peace.
Our purpose: The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centerof our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Emergency Setting - Elaborate
Prime places for the Compassion Education Corps' work would be in Jordan in two camps, Zaatari and Mrajeeb Al Fhood and resettlement programs hosted by the Collateral Repair Project, an organization responsible for providing for 5000 Syrian and Iraqi families. We also have strong local partnerships with schools, teachers and healthcare providers who would be trained, along with recruits from the camps to be a part of the Corps. There is a compassionate city program in Amman to lend support.
Where will your innovation be implemented?
In addition to Jordan we are poised with strong Charter teams in Mexico , Pakistan, Indonesia to work with emergency situations in those countries or in the case of Mexico, in other Spanish speaking countries. Our Australian team, which is closely linked to education and healthcare can be trained to help in expanding our work in the Asia and the Pacific. The Charter also has a healthcare hub located in Canberra at the National University with access to a strong core of educators and students.
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
As stated above, the Charter has initiatives in 52 countries with multiple partners. Depending on the country(ies) selected for this project we would first enlist the efforts of the organizing team from the city and then partners. Using Jordan as an example, we would solicit help from the Amman city team, local schools, Charter partners: Collateral Repair Project, Help4Refugees, Reclaim Childhood and UNICEF. The Amman team continues to build partnerships and defining its work.
I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.
Sector Expertise - Elaborate
The Charter director, instructional designer & facilitator,has been involved in intercultural education programs for over 30 years heading National Security in Education programs in Brazil at the Paulo Friere Institute, Guatemala working with Women for Guatemala, and directing three Fulbright Hayes Fellowship programs in India. In addition, the Charter's Global Compassion Council has a number of members who are working on localized issues in Cuba, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan & Palestine.
Existing Prototype or Pilot: I have tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.
We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
Charter for Compassion International is registered through the State of WA, US. We have 400 city organizing teams in 52 countries & 8 country hubs.
Main website-www.charterforcompassion.org. Ed section on site includes registration for our Compassion Schools Charter, a section on thinking about education and revolutionary ideas: https://www.charterforcompassion.org/compassion-education-reader/thinking-about-education-revolutionary-and-transformational-ideas. https://www.facebook.com/CharterforCompassion/ is one of 4 pages we have-including women and girls: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Charter%20for%20Compassion%20women%20and%20girls. Maintain accounts on https://twitter.com/TheCharter, Xocial.com, Instragram, & Medium.com.