What is the Relational Learning Project?
The Relational Learning Project seeks to nurture learning through relationships with the natural world and the human family, ‘connecting everyone and everything’.
It provides two intentional platforms: the Relational Learning Survey and the Relational Learning Circles.
Who can participate in the Relational Learning Project?
This pilot project seeks participants from every country of the world.
Anyone who is thirteen or more years old is welcome to participate in the Survey or the Circle or both. We encourage you to experience both.
The Project team also appreciates the participation of school and university classes and courses.
How can I register to join the Project?
To join the Relational Learning Project, you can register by clicking on “Join Project” buttons on any of the website’s pages.
What do the Survey questions look like?
Each Survey question is a set of two statements about a certain topic ranging from education to economics. Both statements in each question are legitimate, so you will be selecting the statement that you feel is more accurate or important to you. One of the questions is:
1a. The crises of climate change, inequality, and wars are related to one another.
1b. The crises of climate change, inequality, and wars are independent of one another.
Each participant will complete the short online Survey twice, once at the start of the Project and again one year after joining the Project.
What languages can I take the Survey in?
Participants can choose to complete the Survey in any of the 10 languages currently available, including English, Dari (Persian), Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, French, Italian, Finnish and Greek.
What will the Survey be used for and who can see your responses?
All responses are submitted anonymously and are confidential. The data will only be seen by members of the RLP research team for analysis, under the purview of the Internal Review Board of Marquette University. Your responses will not be shared with anyone. Data analyses that are published will not be published with or linked to any names.
What are the Relational Learning Circles (RLCs)?
Relational Learning Circles (RLCs) are one-hour online conversations that function as focus groups on relational knowledge, attitudes and practices, in which participants ask, listen, relate and learn from one another.
Those who are 18 years old and above will participate in RLCs individually.
Those 13 to 17 years of age will need to involve a teacher/adult guide in their Junior RLCs. They can also involve up to two other peers in their Junior Circles.
Participants who opt to participate in RLCs are encouraged to have at least two RLCs over one year. The Circles consist of participants from all over the world.
Do I have to join a Relational Learning Circle if I take the Survey?
While we encourage you to join a Relational Learning Circle, participation in a Circle is optional and not required to take the Survey.
How can I be updated on the worldwide participation in the Survey?
You can be updated about the Survey and its progress through the Relational Learning Project website, Facebook page or Instagram page. The website hopes to display a world map indicating places of participation soon.
When, where and how was RLP created?
The RLP was developed in Afghanistan by Dr Hakim Young and an Afghan peace-building group. For the scientific integrity of the survey, Chuck Shultz and Douglas Mackey were consulted.
Who are our current Project Partners?
The Relational Learning Project is a non-profit Project that is centred on relationships.
Project Partners are unpaid volunteers and have no vested interests in the outcome of the Project data. Anyone interested in documenting and building relationships across the world can be a partner, including educators, activists and those involved in different fields of science and the humanities. Below is a list of possible areas volunteers can be involved in.
RLP Outreach Volunteer: outreach to and correspondence with educational, activist and other groups
Relational Learning Circle (RLC) Volunteer: help to arrange the RLCs or to welcome participants to the RLCs
Relational Learning Circle (RLC) Facilitators/Translators: after a period of orientation by the RLC Team, you may be able to help facilitate/translate for the RLCs
RLP Website/ Social Media Volunteer
Individuals and groups interested in being Project Partners can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Partners ( last updated on 15th October 2021 ). The following list of Project Partners will be regularly updated.
1. Dr Hakim Young and an Afghan civil society group
The Afghan civil society group seeks to build nonviolent relationships and alternative practices for a green, equal and nonviolent world without war.
Dr Hakim Young : Singaporean physician and humanitarian worker who has worked in Afghanistan for more than 16 years.
Dr Patrick Kennelly: Director of Marquette University Centre for Peacemaking
Tim Cigelske: Director of Integrated Content, Marquette University
Katherine Walsh: Marquette University undergraduate student and participant
Douglas Mackey: Environmental Scientist
Chuck Schultz, Ph.D.: Researcher
4. Jacqueline Jill Rito: Teacher/adjunct professor, Long Island, NY
5. Glenn Mitoma, Ph.D.
Director, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education
University of Connecticut
Cristina Mirra and Veronica Tarozzi: Educators and coordinators, Metaeducazione, Italy