SLN’s work is based on the following principles:
- Equitable benefits for all partners.
- Safe but challenging processes.
- Meaningful encounters including enjoyment and thought-provoking work.
- Creative approaches to learning and the development of sustainable programmes.
- Time and space for reflection.
- Recognition and respect for diversity.
- Continuing professional development for practitioners.
SLN takes as its starting point the need for us all to develop skills of dialogue to be able to communicate across real or perceived boundaries and to develop a vocabulary of shared humanity. In order to do this we explore four key questions: Who Am I? Who Are We? Where Do We Live? How Do We All Live Together?
Teachers and other adults working with children may have to start unravelling their ‘received wisdom’ and put together a new framework for both their own understanding and for the young people they work with. Many people are already doing this in their own way.
Whatever our context, our stories are personal and precious to us and yet they have the ability to connect us all as humans, with the same desires, dreams and concerns. SLN supports schools to design curricula and programmes of work which allow everyone to develop that sense of connection and therefore to become more actively engaged in their world.