What We Do:
Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow (YTT), is a Paris-based, global education NGO founded in 2016 originally for an exhibition as part of the 57th International Venice Biennale, before quickly growing into an international non-profit organisation. YTT has developed an unparalleled Learning Through Art & Theatre Approach that, in line with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, promotes empathy, equality, inclusion & diversity whilst reducing discrimination, racism & prejudice as well as fostering intercultural dialogue and peaceful co-existence. The YTT learning approach functions within the formal school structure for both school teachers and children and for both child/youth communities and aid workers/volunteers in emergency situations within informal educational settings.
This Learning Approach is based on YTT’s academic & psychosocial support research and educational program development for the reduction of inter-ethnic prejudice and inequality. This pedagogy has been pilot-tested in high-schools, institutions and universities in the U.K., Bosnia, Morocco and France and is currently running in dozens of Italian primary state schools. It is instructed using art, theatre, storytelling, social and emotional learning, empathy, self-awareness and selfexpression, and through the utilisation of the YTT visual language. This visual language was created by conducting psychosocial support drawing workshops with several thousand refugee/migrant populations, in more than 40 refugee/migrant camps/centres around the world.
YTT’s Research Team is made up of renowned experts in their field (child-development psychologists, educational scientists, professors, lawyers, teachers, artists and researchers) from several Universities and Academic Institutions and led by the Educational Department of Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy and the Theatre Department of Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, U.K. The work from over the last three and a half years can be broken-down into three phases:
Phase (1): 2016 - Now: YTT has conducted psychosocial support drawing workshops in dozens of refugee/migrant camps to research and establish a specific artistic psychosocial support approach and create the YTT visual language.
Phase (2): 2017 - Now: YTT analyses and codes the YTT visual language which is then used to develop the YTT learning approach and methodology. Consequently applying this pedagogical research to design all the YTT programs based on the decrease of inter-ethnic prejudice, inequality and increase of empathy. Followed by the implementation of these test-programs across five countries to more than 1500 participants. Subsequently, evaluating and verifying the programs with standardised tests, concluding in highly positive results that demonstrate the reduction of all forms of inequality, discrimination and prejudice whilst stimulating peace-building capacities.
Phase (3): 2019 - Now: On the basis of the extremely positive evaluation results, YTT has combined their psychosocial support approach together with the YTT learning approach, educational methodology and visual language to develop their programs. Included within these modules are impact performance assessments produced in real-time, demonstrating the effectiveness for both participants and teachers/ instructors. The research scientifically proves that the YTT Learning Approach removes all forms of inequality, innate prejudice and discrimination for all ages of children/youth as well as teachers/instructors.
YTT’s global objective is to continue to develop and effectuate their Learning Approach worldwide: Within formal schools structure (Primary, High-School & Tertiary Education) for both teachers and students and within informal educational environments for both aid workers/volunteers and communities in emergency. This learning approach is tailor-designed for all age-groups, languages and can be adapted into areas of the world where human-rights and gender abuses, particularly to children and particularly to girls, are the most prevalent, equipping fragile communities and populations with the most imperative tools required to combat against psychosocial concern, discrimination and exploitation