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UNESCO Virtual Peer Learning Programme

Raising the Bar for Social Inclusion: The Peer-Learning project collates Case Studies filmed interviews relating stories of resilience amongst at-risk youth. They are stories about preventing social exclusion. The New Zealand singer Kimbra is the Ambassador for this UNESCO project. The self-learning programme collates interviews of youth who have overcome challenging and/or traumatic experiences and share with peers how they built their ability to bounce back from adversity. The project uses proven oral storytelling methodologies to describe the significant lessons learned by these role models.

Heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Social Development - Think Differently Campaign and Hamish Walton, Owner-Manager PAK'nSAVE Mill St. Hamilton for their support in producing this resource.

This methodology was developed in a foundational research project targeting youth at-risk and funded by the Todd Foundation in 2011. The research described what elements need to be integrated in oral role model stories in order to maximise impact in the audience it is aimed at.

The project provides positive role models to marginalised subgroups using mobile technology and social media to spread this knowledge because it is our audience's preferred channel of communication.

Our vision is that these stories contribute to a repository of stories helping to strengthen social sustainability amongst NZ youth. The mosaic of stories responds to the range of needs and challenges that youth face by offering them positive peers to learn from. These stories form the core of learning resources that are engaging to youth at risk of underachieving in literacy because they are lively interviews of young people just like them -- who have overcome obstacles to realise their dreams.

Sharing the learning: our contribution to the NZ Human Rights Commission Te Ngira Diversity Programme conference is: http://youtu.be/bXeqkD_M8Vc We were invited to participate to this conference after the 2011 NZ Race Relation Report showcased our role model stories for the richness of experiences they offer. The NZ Human Rights Commission report is online at: http://www.hrc.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/RRR-2011-... - see p.111). The strength of the project lies in its promotion of the cultural diversity behind lessons learned and the spirit of sharing what we learn with each other.

Enroll in one of our online courses that embed these learning materials within its self-learning programme
1. For Ipads/Iphones at the ITunesU course: https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/enroll/EME-WP9-8K5
2. Via internet: www.udemy.com/virtualrolemodels

DIRECT URL: www.tinyurl.com/UNESCOPeerLearning
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