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EDUCATION

Abolition of the death penalty is never definitively acquired. 60% of the world population still lives in a country whose penal system includes the death penalty, and in abolitionist countries public opinion must be endlessly informed and made aware. With its project Teaching Abolition, created in 2009, ECPM has been able to develop various ways to raise awareness among young people. Lesson modules, school events and class projects are freely available to help them consider the right to life.

EVENTS SCHOOL

If you are a teacher / librarian and you would like to host an event at your school, please contact Charlène Martin, in charge of Teaching and Raising Awareness About Abolition, by email: cmartin@abolition.fr or telephone: 01 80 87 70 45.


Why should I organise an event to raise awareness about abolition with my pupils?

ECPM’s school events at middle and high schools are an opportunity to raise awareness among young people in France about a problem which is still topical today as 55 countries still retain this punishment in their legal arsenal. Despite the 35 years which have passed since abolition, support for the death penalty continues to rise in France: 60% to 52% of citizens look upon it favourably according to the latest opinion pools (Ifop, May 2015). The younger generation is particularly susceptible: at an age where the distinction between justice and vengeance is still being learnt, this is the leading age group to desire the return of the death penalty.

In view of this, education about citizenship and human rights is a means of combating the increase in violence, racism, extremism and intolerance. These events also enable young people to understand the challenges of a non-violent penal system as it exists within the European Union and how such a system operates. Teachers can widen the topic to include other fundamental societal subjects such as the notion of justice, punishment, perpetuity, victims and pardons. It is also an opportunity to encourage independence among pupils and their ability to debate, and initiate them in international solidarity so as to prepare them for their role as active and responsible citizens.

Who are your events aimed at?

We work with students from Year 9 to Sixth Form in middle and high schools in mainland France. Our events can be organised at the initiative of anyone from the school’s educational team: teachers of any discipline, librarians, etc.

Upon request, ECPM also carries out events with other organisations working with young people (youth groups, child protection services, etc.) and organises conferences at universities.

Is ECPM recognised by the French Department of Education?

Thanks to its project Teaching About Human Rights and Abolition of the Death Penalty, ECPM is an organisation approved by the Department of Education in France.

How much does it cost the school to organise an event?

Our events are free. We simply ask that schools sometimes cover the travel expenses (and, where necessary, accommodation costs) of those participating in the event.

When do the school events happen?

ECPM organises events throughout the year with schools which have shown an interest. We also organise cycles of events around key dates in the human rights calendar. All schools in contact with the organisation are invited to sign up to these events by email.

How long does an event last?

A standard event last two hours and takes place during the school day.

How many pupils can take part in an event?

A school event can involve one or several classes. With more than two classes, it is simply a question of making sure that the session can take place under good conditions (room and equipment adequate for such a large audience, discipline among pupils to take turns speaking).

What happens at a standard event?

Our events are always divided into two sessions to allow for both a theoretical and a concrete conversation with pupils.

First, a specialist from the organisation is there to lead an in-depth debate with pupils, making sure that all the arguments for and against the death penalty are raised, and recalling the context of abolition of the death penalty in France in 1981. He/she then looks at the subject in more detail by providing pupils with information about the current situation of the death penalty across the world.

Then, through an activity or a guest speaker, we like to show young people the human implications of the death penalty: this can either be through a witness account (via a ‘witness’ who is present or through an appropriate video) or role play, particularly our game Abolition Now.

The entire session is carried out interactively with pupils to enable them to express their opinions, provide any prior knowledge they may have of the subject and ask the organisers questions.

Who are the ‘witnesses’ who could be involved?

The ‘abolition witnesses’ we invite to participate in the school events all have one thing in common: they can recount their personal experience of the death penalty. But, they can have very varied profiles: someone sentenced to death and subsequently released, someone closely connected to someone sentenced to death (family or correspondent), a victim of terrorism, a journalist, a press cartoonist, a lawyer or a representative from a field organisation committed to taking action against the death penalty overseas.

What equipment should be made available to the organisers?

The ideal room for the event would have a computer with an internet connection, a projector and speakers.

Also, when there are a lot of pupils it is important to have at least two portable microphones and enough chairs.

What teaching tools can I use to prepare this topic with my pupils before the event?

ECPM has created all-inclusive teaching tools for teachers. Via the lesson modules, available as exercises for students and as a corrected version for teachers, staff can raise the issue of abolition of the death penalty in their classes independently, while respecting the curriculum of the Department of Education. Adapted to the level of the various classes and subjects, these teaching tools are currently available to teachers from various disciplines: English, art, civic education, Spanish, French and History/Geography.

What can I do with my pupils afterwards to take the topic further?

It’s not just about a one-off meeting. Every year, ECPM sets up class projects inviting pupils to express their vision of a world without the death penalty through the creation of their own medium for raising awareness about abolition. These projects allow pupils to take an interest in abolition of the death penalty from a practical angle by allowing them to find out about new skills (graphic art, journalism, video production, etc.) and, sometimes, even encourage vocations! Specific teaching guides are provided by ECPM to assist and advise young people in their creations.

Their creations (posters, press cartoons, magazines, videos, etc.) are then publicised (publications and broadcasts, exhibitions overseas, etc.) and the young people participating are rewarded for their civic commitment (official ceremony at the end of the project, prize giving for the winners).

If you would like your pupils to participate in the class projects currently proposed by ECPM, please go to the Current Action page.

TEACHER AREA

ECPM has created all-inclusive teaching tools aimed at teachers and adapted to the levels of various classes and subjects. Via these lesson modules, available as exercises and as a corrected version for teachers, you can raise the issue of abolition of the death penalty with your class independently, while respecting the curriculum of the Department of Education. These teaching tools are free and available to teachers of English, art, civic education, Spanish, French and history/geography.

ORGANISATION AREA

If you are an organisation teaching about human rights and you would like to organise an educational event in partnership with ECPM and/or join the Teaching Abolition International Network, contact Marianne Rossi, Head of Teaching and Raising Awareness About Abolition, by email: mrossi@abolition.fr or telephone: 01 80 87 70 56.


Teaching Abolition International Network

The Teaching Abolition International Network was founded on 25 January 2014 at a national conference on abolition of the death penalty in Lebanon. The network aims to bring together NGO actors from across the world who carry out action to teach about abolition with young people with the aim of encouraging an exchange of good practice.

The Teaching Abolition International Network has, little by little, been organised around the idea that action to teach about abolition must encourage and highlight the civic commitment of young people. In order to meet this goal, members jointly decided that the Network’s priority would be the bi-annual organisation of an international drawing competition “Draw Me Abolition”.


The Teaching Abolition International Network includes five founding members (ECPM, LACR, the Moroccan and Tunisian coalitions against the death penalty, and IADH) which have significant experience in advocacy with young people (organisation of school events and/or creation of teaching tools). Thus far, its members have concentrated on organising the Network and defining its action priorities. From 2017, new members will be integrated with a view to enriching the exchange of good practice between members and encouraging civil society actors from across the world to develop action to teach about abolition in their countries.

Founding members of the Network:


ECPM


Association libanaise pour les droits civils



Coalition marocaine contre la peine de mort



Coalition tunisienne contre la peine de mort


ACTIONS IN PROCESS

To take the topic a step further following a class event, every year ECPM sets up class projects inviting pupils to express their vision of a world without the death penalty through the creation of their own medium to raise awareness about abolition. These projects enable pupils to take an interest in abolition of the death penalty from a practical angle by helping them find out about new skills and calling on their creativity.
Please find below more information on the class projects currently being carried out which your pupils could sign up for!


The 3rd Draw Me Abolition Competition

As part of the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty, to be held on 10 October 2016, pupils from middle and high schools (12 to 18 year olds) from across the world are invited to participate in the 3rd Draw Me Abolition competition, The aim is to produce an anti-death penalty poster. The top 50 chosen by an international jury will be exhibited in the participating countries and at the next regional and world congresses against the death penalty (in 2018 and 2019 respectively). An exhibition catalogue will also be published to highlight the pupils’ work.

How the competition will unfold

Phase 1 : 10 October/10 December 2016
Introduction to the theme and graphic design

During this phase, the classes which have signed up to the competition can receive a visit at school from one of the project’s partners who will raise their awareness of the theme of the death penalty. Further, the organisers of the competition will provide all the pupils involved with educational tools to help them learn how to produce a graphic poster independently.

Phase 2: February 2017
Designs sent to the jury

During this period, teachers or organisations must send the original designs to ECPM by post to 69 rue Michelet, 93100 Montreuil, France. NB: for security reasons, all the originals must also be scanned and sent to the organisers by WeTransfer.

Phase 3: March 2017
Deliberation of the jury and selection of the best posters

An international jury composed of people working in the field of human rights will be responsible for choosing the top 50 designs.

Phase 4: April 2017
Announcement of the results and publication of the exhibition and catalogue

The results of the competition will be put online on the abolition.fr website and all coordinators will receive an email with a list of the winning pupils. At the same time, the exhibition and the exhibition catalogue will be published.

Phase 5
Exhibition of the winning posters

The top 50 designs will be exhibited in each participating country (place and dates to be confirmed at a later date) as well as at the regional and world congresses against the death penalty (in 2018 and 2019 respectively). The three posters which have the most votes will also receive a special prize.

Flyer Concours Dessin 2016-2017

Anti-death penalty video competition for budding YouTubers

As part of the 35th anniversary of abolition of capital punishment in France, pupils from French middle and high schools are invited to take inspiration from their favourite YouTubers to create their own anti-death penalty videos. The best ones will be published on the ECPM YouTube channel and the top 3 will receive special prizes and will be widely broadcast online by ECPM and its partners.

How the competition will unfold

From 10 October to 10 December 2016
Introduction to the theme and video

During this phase, the classes which have signed up to the competition can receive a visit at school, as far as possible from ECPM and its partner, which will raise their awareness of the theme of the death penalty. Further, the organisers of the competition will provide all pupils with educational tools with advice about form and content to create their own socially-aware video independently.

February 2017
Videos sent to the jury

During this period, the teachers or organisations coordinating the young people participating must send the files of the videos created to ECPM by email (or via WeTransfer or Dropbox) to the following address: cmartin@abolition.fr. The deadline for receipt of the files is 7 February 2017. Only files recorded in .mov or .mp4 formats can be accepted (see the competition rules).

March 2017
Publication online by ECPM and selection of the best videos

The best videos received will then be published on ECPM’s dedicated YouTube channel. A national jury, composed of people working in the field of human rights and video experts, will be responsible for choosing “the most instructive video” and “the most fun video”, while the third winning video, “the most viral video”, will be the one which is viewed most online.

April 2017

Announcement of the results and prize-giving ceremony

The 3 winning videos in the competition will be broadcast on ECPM’s official Facebook page and the classes or young producers of these videos will receive special prizes connected to the theme of human rights and abolition of the death penalty, and the sphere of YouTubers.

Launch Video
Out of ideas? The team has played along to inspire future participants and remove any lingering inhibitions!



Affiche - concours youtube - ECPM


Flyer-concours youtube - ECPM


Guide pédagogique - réaliser une vidéo-concours youtube - ECPM

YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGE

Here you will find the fruits of the work carried out by pupils who have been assisted by ECPM to create their own medium to raise awareness about abolition. By giving the floor to the youngest in society and circulating the results among adults to raise awareness, these publications are the voice of a new, 100% pro- abolition generation!



GAME ABOLITION NOW

Abolition Now! is a board game developed by ECPM and Ludcom to allow you, the citizens of the world, to learn about the various strategies to abolish the death penalty.

Become Head of Government, a diplomat, a journalist, a jurist, an academic, an activist or a prisoner previously sentenced to death, and, just like in real life, use your differences as a real force to achieve universal abolition of the death penalty together!

It’s your turn to play!



How can you receive Abolition Now!?

Just send a cheque for 15 euros made out to Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort to the following address:

ECPM
69, rue Michelet
93100 Montreuil

And for experienced players, an extension of the game can be downloaded below with new countries and new questions for the academic:



10 autres questions pour l’intellectuel


Extension du jeu Abolition Now – carte pays