What We Do:
Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow (YTT) is a Paris based, global Psychosocial Support and Human-Rights/Gender-Equality Education NGO founded in 2016, originally for an exhibition as part of the 57th International Venice Biennale. Quickly, we developed into a non-proﬁt organisation, developing unparalleled distance-learning teaching programs for aid workers and volunteers, working with refugee/migrant children/youth and communities around the world, in line with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Researched and developed to be instructed by humanitarian staff without any prior teaching/tutoring knowledge or experience, these distance-learning psychosocial support (PSS) and fundamental rights programs for refugee/migrant children and youth, are based on our psychosocial support and academic research and our educational programs for the reduction of inter-ethnic prejudice and inequality. These programs were pilot-tested in high-schools, institutions and universities in the U.K., Bosnia, Morocco and France and are currently running in dozens of Italian state schools. They are instructed using art, theatre, storytelling, social and emotional learning, empathy, self-awareness and self-expression, 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 and the Theatre Department of Shefﬁeld Hallam University. Our work from over the last three and a half years can be broken-down into three phases:
Phase (1): 2016 - 2019: We conducted psychosocial support drawing workshops in dozens of refugee/migrant camps to research and establish our psychosocial support approach and create the YTT visual language.
Phase (2): 2017 - 2020: We analyse and code the YTT visual language which we use to develop the YTT learning approach and methodology. Consequently applying this pedagogical research to design the YTT Human-Tights & Gender-Equality Education Programs based on the decrease of inter-ethnic prejudice, inequality and increase of empathy. Followed by the implementation of these programs across ﬁve countries and 1500 participants. Subsequently, we evaluated and veriﬁed our programs with standardised tests, concluding in highly positive results that demonstrate the reduction of all forms of inequality and prejudice.
Phase (3): 2019 - 2020: On the basis of our positive evaluation results, we combined our psychosocial support approach together with the YTT learning approach, educational methodology and visual language to develop psychosocial support and fundamental rights education distance-learning programs for aid workers and volunteers in the ﬁeld, without prior teaching experience, working with refugee/migrant children/youth and communities around the world. Included within these programs are impact performance assessments produced in real-time, demonstrating the effectiveness of our programs for both participants and instructors. Our research scientiﬁcally proves that our programs remove forms of inequality, innate prejudice and discrimination for all ages of children and youth, giving them a profound understanding of fundamental rights and gender-equality.
YTT’s global objective is to continue to develop and effectuate our psychosocial support workshops and educational approach that can be adapted and used in all possible environments, through aid workers and volunteers in the ﬁeld, for all age-groups, languages and into areas of the world where human-rights and gender abuses, particularly to children and particularly to girls, are the most prevalent, and where they can have the biggest impact in aiding and improving the lives of millions of refugee/migrant children, youth and communities. By conducting our psychosocial support drawing workshops and transmitting the knowledge of fundamental human/gender-rights to the populations most in need, we are equipping them with the most imperative tools required to combat against psychosocial concern and human-rights/gender-equality abuses.