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Peace from the grassroots
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The UN Security Council approved last December the resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, to recognize the role of youth in building sustainable peace and to lay out the need for governments and other stakeholders to support young people in this role. With this resolution, youth and youth organizations involved in peacebuilding see how their role in official or grassroots peace processes gain relevance and importance, but also their responsibility is bigger. At this stage it is crucial for youth and youth organizations to be as effective as possible when running peacebuilding initiatives by establishing cross cutting participatory activities that guarantee and enhance not only their own participation, but also other groups of people and relevant stakeholders. Therefore, developing the competences of youth workers and youth organizations to design, plan and implement peacebuilding activities with a special focus on participation will contribute to a better intervention at all societal level. The training course “Peace from the Grassroots” aims to provide 27 youth workers with tools to empower young people both in EU and Neighbouring Partner Regions to explore their own understanding of conflict and how to establish interventions based on participation to contribute to the transformation of conflicts in which violence is already happening. The aim of the Training Course is to empower youngsters to take an active role in transforming conflicts at all levels, from organizational to local and international level, with a special focus on participatory processes. Therefore, a basic introduction into peace studies will set the starting point to analyse conflicts. Based on this introduction, the participants will share their realities, focusing in the role of youth in their context and will find a space to set up new initiatives and follow up initiatives and projects. A variety of educational tools and methods of non-formal learning and interactive participant oriented approaches as role plays, simulations, workshops, exercises and theatre tools as well as debate sessions and presentations of different local peace local initiatives by the participants will be integral part of the project.Learning how to develop and implement comprehensive peacebuilding initiatives and establishing follow-up activities, as well as reinforcing the capacities of the partner organizations in their community work are the main impacts the project aims. In the long term, this will result into a better work of youth grassroot organizations on transformative processes of conflict by means of participation. The activity will take place in Georgia, during 17. - 23. of october and will involve 27 youth workers from Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark.
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