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Peace Action Week : citizens participation and living together
Start date: Aug 31, 2016, End date: May 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The seminar « Peace Action Week : citizens participation and living together », is part of the Raising Peace Campaign launched in 2014 by the CCIVS, in order to highlight the link between volunteering projects and actions in favour of human rights. The seminar focuses on the topics of humans rights, living together and citizens participation. It aims at strengthening the participants' skills on human rights education in order to develop raising awareness and advocacy actions inside their organisations. It also aims at raising the local population awareness, especially the youth, and to develop advocacy to defend human rights and living together. The Peace Action Week is structured around different moments: exchanges of practices, activities in public spaces, meeting with local actors and institutions.First of all, the participants share about theoretical knowledge and concepts and they learn about the different situations of human rights and in particular about the living together in their countries. They also share good practises from their different organisations. A meeting with local organisations defending human rights and living together, give them an insight of the local context and allows them to discover new methods, tools and forms of mobilization to defend human rights. Having carrying out a diagnosis of a specific neighbourhood, the participants will facilitate activities in the public space in order to raise the local population awareness on the topics explored during the week. These activities will be carried out thanks to the participation of youngsters living in priority city policy neighbourghoods. The youngsters will have followed a specific preparation before the seminar and they will make the link between the participants of the Peace Action Week and the local population. At the end of the seminar, a meeting with local institutions and media will enable the participants to advocate for volunteering projects in favour of human rights. The methodology of the seminar relies on non-formal education and the team of trainers will alternate between theoretical contributions and practical inputs. Innovative and participatory methods will also be used so as to create a group dynamic based on confidence and respect.The training will take place from October 17th to 23rd, 2016 (travel days included) in Paris and will be hosted by Solidarités Jeunesses in the Youth Hostel-Yves Robert in the 18th district. The project will gather 24 participants who will acquire new tools, exchange their knowledge, ideas and learn new methods around the topic of human rights, living together and citizens participation. Following the training, the participants will play an important role as multipliers since they will be in charge of implementing informative sessions and interventions to raise awareness on the issue of human rights in intercultural projects. They will facilitate workshops during trainings for youth leaders of international workcamps, for the coordination staff of international projects or during informative sessions to promote volunteering activities.
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