Although the second quarter of 2020 introduced major obstacles to WYA’s work, a lot of the core activities have been successfully transferred online, most notably the Certified Training Program and the Training of Trainers. Among these was also the Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC). The HDC is an innovative K-12 program that focuses on personal development and human dignity. Using a language for excellence, each lesson focuses on a “big picture” theme—while helping students to understand and develop healthy habits, good decision-making skills, and a strong sense of meaning and purpose.
So far, the program has been implemented in all 6 WYA regions, with a continuous rise in the number of schools and kindergartens across the globe. This, however, was the first time a WYA chapter led an implementation of an online form of the program.
“I am happy with how our Online HDC went. I think it had a lot of very important positive aspects. Probably the biggest advantage of this form was that all children were able to apply, and not just the ones from schools where we teach the program,” shares Domagoj, a WYA Croatia member and HDC teacher.
Due to pandemic, the Chapter had to postpone its ongoing HDC implementation in a Zagreb elementary school. The online HDC came as a prompt response to the circumstances. The pilot program lasted for 5 weeks, and included two groups of elementary school pupils, grades 5 to 8.
“It was excellent! The teacher was excellent, the workshops were interesting, and my knowledge has increased! I will use this experience in life, by showing people how I care about them even more.” -an online HDC student