Deadline: 3 August 2018
Open to: participants between the age of 18–35
Venue: 7–14 October 2018, Switzerland
The training is composed of an 8 day programme (which includes arrival day on 7th and departure day on 14th October) and activities are based on a non-formal education methodology, rooted in a participant-centered, experiential learning approach. Throughout all the activities, participants will be encouraged to actively participate bringing their own experiences, sharing best practices and identify the main challenges in their work with youth people, in order to find sustainable strategies to strengthen their role as agents of change. Participants will also be given the space to offer sessions if they wish to do so.
The aim of the project is to empower and build the competencies of 25 young peace-builders, youth workers and changemakers to develop a culture of peace through personal change and wellbeing.
Therefore, the project aims to encourage participants to explore creative ways of developing a holistic culture of peace. New skills, behaviors and attitudes will be developed amongst participants (such as non-violent communication, personal development, well-being techniques). As a result the impact of their local work will ideally become more effective and they will be empowered in their role as educators, multipliers and changemakers.
- to increase the effectiveness of youth workers, change-makers, peace-builders in their work and communities;
- to enhance participants’ understanding of peace education through a holistic and experiential approach;
- to explore the connection between personal well-being and social change through self-reflection, coaching and experiential activities;
- to explore existing systemic structures and obstacles for peace in order to respond with creative and innovative solutions;
- to establish a sustainable cooperation between participants to implement common activities aiming to build infrastructures of peace within their communities;
- to encourage participants to transfer their peace-building skills to the people with whom they work, and thus act as multipliers of peaceful values.
One of the main problems with traditional peace-building is the lack of holistic approach and many global peace initiatives are overly focused on the political levels of peace and conflict without considering the personal and interpersonal dimensions, where the patterns of violence also exist.
However peace is not only about responding to international conflicts, it is also about how we relate to ourselves and those around us. By learning and exploring holistic approaches to peace, young people can become more effective peace-builders within their communities and work.
- Active or interested in the fields of peace and conflict/youth work / social change;
- Involvement in a relevant local or international project/ organization;
- Availability to take part in the whole duration of the project;
- From one of the partner countries or the host country Switzerland;
- Good level of English;
- Aged 18–35.
Participating Countries: Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom
- Travel costs (up to around EUR 346.14 per participant);
- Accommodation and food will be covered by the project.
How to apply?
There is a EUR 86.53 participation fee (which will be deducted from the reimbursements so that you do not have to pay upfront), with a limited number of bursaries available.
In order to apply, please fill the application form.
For more information, please visit the official web page.