Youth for Peaceful Europe - study session on cooperation towards sustainable culture of peace
Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) in cooperation with the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, Youth Department, invites you to participate in the study session “Youth for Peaceful Europe”, that will take place in European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary 19th – 24th March 2018 (travel days excluded).
About the study session
The Global Peace Index ranks Europe as the world’s most peaceful region. But there are still lots of challenges in European fragile peace processes, such as post-conflict transitions, frozen conflicts in different communities, conflicts related to independence and autonomy. Threats of peace are not only the issue of conflict affected communities, as nationalism and a crisis of political legitimacy in Europe is undermining peaceful calving as well.
Bearing all those aspect in mind, the committee sees the crucial role of young people in a new focus for peacebuilding efforts, especially with respect to social integration and violence reduction efforts. Program would like to focus on intercultural dialogue and learning as a tool of conflict transformation and tool of conflict prevention. In order to do so, program sees the need to empower young people experienced in peacebuilding to contribute to strengthen the culture of peace in Europe through wide cooperation based on activities promoting conflict transformation and non-violence.
The study session falls in the long-term strategic plan of the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network which focuses on youth empowerment, human rights, peace and dialogue and network development in upcoming 2 years. Combination of the experience in organizing peacebuilding activities, new perspectives of the peace builders out of the Council of Europe work.
The study session aims to empower young people involved in peacebuilding to contribute to the strengthening of the culture of peace in Europe through wide cooperation based on activities promoting conflict transformation and non-violence.
- To map conflict risks in the communities of participants and at the pan-European level and respond to them with innovative human rights education approaches that youth can apply in peace-building.
- To create a common space for participants to share their experiences, challenges, achievements and practices of peacebuilding initiatives on local level.
- To equip peacebuilders with tools related to conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning including the Council of Europe’s relevant work and tools.
- To explore and build non-violent tools and methodologies to achieve democracy and human rights, including civil resistance.
- To equip participants with advocacy and project management skills and encourage them to plan common activities promoting culture of peace at the European, regional and local level.
- To establish sustainable cooperation between Youth Peace Ambassadors Network and Youth Peace Camp Alumni as well as peacebuilders with experience outside of the Council of Europe youth field.
- Young peacebuilders including Youth Peace Ambassadors Network members and Youth Peace Camp alumni.
- Age of participants: 18-30 (however some of the participants may be over the age of 30);
- Having good command of English.
- Being motivated to cooperate with the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network or other represented individuals.
- Being motivated to act as multipliers and implement local, regional or international activities in their communities.
- Having practical experience in youth work and activism.
- Being able to attend the whole period of the study session.
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