Betzavta Training Courses

“Betzavta- Adam Institute’s facilitation method”

Courses are taught using “Betzavta- Adam Institute’s facilitation method”, which encourages participants to reframe external conflicts as internal dilemmas. The “Betzavta” method incentivizes all sides to look beyond all-or-nothing options to generate solutions that benefit everyone. Based on democratic principles, the method combines engaging, experiential learning that’s rooted in philosophy, sociology, social psychology—and fun. 

Betzavta: Basic Training Course

This is the Betzavta Method’s most basic course – “training for trainers.” During the seminar, participants learn to facilitate democracy education in their schools, institutions, and communities. The course highlights freedom as an equal right guaranteed to all individuals and groups, while also exploring and addressing the difficulties that arise when democratic rights conflict.

Betzavta+: Advanced Training Course

This advanced training introduces participants to educational programs that build upon the Betzavta Method, with an updated approach to the methodology. These include: There Is No Single Democracy (available in German), ABC in Democracy (for younger ages, also available in German), Civic Calendar, and more.

Topical Expansions

These topics may be integrated into the Betzavta+ course or be offered as stand-alone training.

  • Social-Democratic Approaches to the Environment: Creating equitable solutions to environmental problems, which affect different groups today and future generations.
  • Workers’ Rights and the Right to Employment: Retaining workers’ rights in a rapidly changing and globalized world.
  • Immigration, Emigration, and Democracy: Applying democratic thought to multiplicities of identity and different spheres of belonging (civil, residential, migrant workers, etc.).
  • The Right to Dignity and the Obligation to Respect: Democratic values within a multi-cultural society.
  • Between Civil Service and the Business Sector: Adopting democratic principles to manage civil society organizations and civic-democratic services.
  • Gender, Democracy, and Social-Political Reality: A democratic exploration of the #MeToo movement.

Guidance/Supervision for Experienced Facilitators

Graduates of the Betzavta and/or Betzavta+ courses, as well as activists and facilitators who practice alternate democratic methods, are invited to enrol in an online consulting with Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, Academic Director of AI, and Saber Rabi, AI’s Educational Programs Manager and co-author of More than One Democracy.

Participants will receive assistance planning workshops and trainings in Germany, including ways to improve their facilitation skills, while analysing their work, content, and processes. The course is offered in English or Arabic.