Conflict management and Peace initiatives
Start date: Sep 30, 2015,
End date: Apr 29, 2016
The training course (TC) “Conflict Management and Peace initiatives” will take place in Agros Cyprus between 16-22/1/2016. It is dedicated to promotion of non-violent actions, development of peace initiatives and facilitating network of youth workers and youth leaders. The project will gather 30 young people from several Western, Eastern European and Caucasus countries.
The TC will cover different types of conflicts and in different settings and consequently ways of transforming conflicts by non-violent actions. Crucial attention will be placed on fostering a constructive debate on recent conflicts in Europe and cooperation in the youth field. This will be done by promoting non-violent approaches leading to actions on peace-building and promotion of Human Rights. Moreover, young leaders will discuss the significant role of youth participation in grass-root peace-building initiatives.
The trainers and invited experts will share practical and theoretical knowledge on the topics, through plenary sessions, discussions, workshops, creativity sessions, intercultural & interactive exercises and other non-formal educational methods. Essential throughout the TC is the input and experience sharing from participants.
The project we would like to fulfill aims to promote peaceful conflict resolution, while engaging in an international dialogue. Globalization and global conflicts are a part of everyday life. By bringing together youth leaders from different countries and cultures, we hope to increase their awareness of conflict, and help them develop paths towards resolution. These youth leaders represent their countries and communities, and it is expected they will return to these communities, bringing with them and furthering the understanding of conflict resolution that they will have acquired.
The main aim of the projects is:
- to increase awareness of youth leaders of conflict management and resolution through an intercultural dialogue and in cooperation by brining together youth from different countries;
- to prevent intercultural conflicts that are based on stereotypes, through the creation of an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation between these youth leaders from different cultures.
In the course (with plenary sessions, discussions, workshops, creativity sessions, intercultural & interactive exercises and using other non-formal education methods) youth leaders will discuss the significant role of youth participation in different peace building activities, and will explain their own role in a wider society.
The project is inspired by the needs of protection and promotion of human rights, intercultural dialogue and democracy, and particularly those related to youth policy in Europe and to the reaffirming young people’s role as active citizens and protagonists of social change.
Aim of the project promote and support the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue through a network of specifically trained young people who strengthen the presence and promote the values of the Council of Europe in conflict-affected areas and communities.
The project contributes to providing young people with equal opportunities and experience which enable them to play a full part in all aspects of society and, in particular:
•empowering young people to promote, in their daily lives, cultural diversity as well as intercultural dialogue and co-operation;
•preventing and counteracting all forms of racism and discrimination on any ground;
•supporting initiatives of young people and their organisations with regard to conflict prevention and management, as well as post-conflict reconciliation by means of intercultural dialogue, including its religious dimension.
Goal of the project is to support young people and youth non-governmental organisations as peace-builders and actors in conflict transformation and intercultural dialogue. In this way the daily program will include several activities on conflict mediation, peace transformation and conflict prevention.
Through the project we want to invest in empowering young people to take an active role in peace-building processes, but as well the valuable contribution youth work makes.
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