Welcome to this internet edition of DOmino
When DOmino was produced back in
1994-95, access to the internet was restricted basically
to academics, big business and governments –
none of us had e-mail and we contacted each other
using the post, fax and telephone. Nowadays, access
to internet is still not available to everybody and
we need to be doing more to combat this new form of
exclusion. Still, things are improving and the opportunities
to use the internet to share ideas and make publications
more accessible are – thinking back to 1995
– incredible. Contributing to an evolving community
of practice on human rights education throughout the
world certainly assists in creating links and solidarity.
With the successful launch of Compass
on-line, it made sense to update the publications
which formed the core of the educational effort of
the "all different – all equal" campaign
and to make them more widely available within the
context of the Human Rights Education initiative.
And it made sense to use the possibility to make relevant
links between Compass,
Pack “all different all equal”,
and this one – as you click through them you
will find much which is complementary. Especially
exciting is the chance to make links between more
reflective pieces and activities, so that each enhances
DOmino was produced back in 1994-95 in the framework
of the Council of Europe Youth Campaign "All
different - All equal".
With the successful launch of "Compass, a Manual
on Human Rights Education with Young People"
it made sense to update the publications which formed
the core of the educational effort of the "all
different - all equal" campaign and to make them
more widely available within the context of the Human
Rights Education Programme of the Directorate of Youth
and Sports of the Council of Europe.
So what has changed here? The bulk of the text remains
unchanged. We have updated references and examples;
and deleted ones which are now irrelevant.
We hope you will find this edition easy to use and
challenging to put into practice!
The Council of Europe Youth Campaign "all different
- all equal" aimed to mobilise the public in
favour of a tolerant society based on the equal dignity
of all its members. Young people played - and continue
to play - an important role in promoting the messages
of the campaign.
The potential of young people in acting for other
young people and adults to create the societies of
tomorrow is often underestimated and rarely taken
into consideration by adults. The marginalisation
of the 'youth' as a particular sociological and easy-to-define
group in society often leads to the assumption that
young people's action is taken only in a protected,
isolated space within European societies.
The value of education for young people by young
people has always been a central concept of the youth
work within the Council of Europe and the co-operating
youth organisations. The strong influence members
of peer groups insert on each other determines both
formal and informal education to a great extent. Planned
and conscious application of these mechanisms in educational
approaches and concepts have proven particularly successful
in the fields of health education, sex education and
However, only few elaborate programmes exist on peer
group education as a means to promote tolerance and
accept diversity. This publication 'DOmino' tries
to promote peer group education within formal and
informal educational settings. DOmino is aimed at
youth and social workers, teachers and youth leaders,
as well as young people wishing to get involved in
How to work with
Recipes for educational work do not
really exist, particularly not recipes of similar
value for all European societies. Youth and social
workers, youth leaders and teachers most constantly
adapt and react to the special requirements of young
people and their particular social environment. DOmino
tries to give some assistance to those working or
planning to work with young people on peer group education
The different sections of DOmino
contain some theoretical background on peer group
education as well as different project descriptions,
methods and quotes and stories from young people.
The references to resources used have been put in
brackets and the sources can be found in the bibliography
at the end of this publication.
DOmino is the result of different
youth work practices in several European countries,
both, in the formal and informal educational sector.
The editors have drawn from experiences in youth organisations,
youth initiatives and schools. The existing diversity
in Europe is also reflected in the presentation of
different practical approaches, aimed at enriching
the dialogue between and amongst young people and
It is up to you to choose the most
appropriate way to implement a programme in your own
social environment and the editors of DOmino hope
to have been able to assist you in your important
work in empowering young people to build the Europe
of tomorrow with dignity for all its people.