MICC School

MICC School is a project for high-school students and takes place twice a year in Krzyżowa, Poland, bringing together young people from Germany, Poland and another, alternating country.

MICC School aims to raise awareness for human rights and educate high-school students about methods of their protection. MICC School sets a strong focus on the international youth meeting character of the project to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding.

MICC School bases on the rationale that motivating young people to invest their time and capacities in the protection of human rights needs more than just knowledge. It is the first hand experience that creates that sort of motivation needed. This experience is offered through the trial simulations at the heart of MICC.

During the project the students explore their roles as prosecutors, members of the defence, judges or members of the observing media in international teams. Subject to the simulations are final pleadings of historic cases that were heard before the international tribunals, namely the Nuremberg Tribunal, the ICTY and the ICTR. In that context students get to know more about the background of the conflicts, learn who was responsible, but also learn that a fair trial is the basis for sustainable justice and the protection of human rights.

When being admitted to the program, participants are placed in multinational teams. Before coming to Krzyżowa, they get to know each other via email and online-forums already.

The simulation is embedded into a series of workshops and trainings. During their stay in Krzyżowa, the students participate in workshops on human rights, the resistance movement against the Nazi regime and the historic background of the cases. In their teams, the participants receive legal and rhetorical trainings to learn about their roles and learn how to adequately argue and debate their roles and cases during the simulation.

MICC School attempts to introduce Human Rights Education to European schools and curricula. We believe that human rights education is fundamental to the political education in Europe. However, it is not widely spread throughout European curricula. MICC therefore invites the accompanying teachers to take part in teachers’ workshops to explore possibilities of implementing Human Rights Education in schools.

Thus, not only knowledge on methods of Human Rights Education is spread, but also the sustainability of the project is secured – and many more students benefit from the outcomes of the project.