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Peace of Cake
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

When we think of peace and tranquillity, times were we can just relax and enjoy ourselves we will find that most people think of festive times, holidays and celebrations, all having food as the centre of the event. Since food is such a good medium to bring people together why not use food as a method to deal with conflict resolution.Our project is a training course that will look at conflict resolution from a unique perspective, trying to identify the core roots of conflict in different countries and then trying to find solutions for these conflicts by further researching the roots and origins of our foods and cultures so show that we have a common and shared history and that in some way or another we have influenced each other’s cultures and therefore have more in common than we think, we share something that we love, so why can’t we learn to love each other in the same way.We will look at the origins of the foods we call our own, identify each ingredient and its origins and see how history has allowed us to cross paths and how we can pace the future for a peace by building bridges of understanding and sharing. We will share stories from the past and build on cooperation for the future, identify weaknesses and find ways to strengthen and support each other, we will identify conflicts and find solutions to support peace and harmony.Our project will research the roots of our cultures and bring us together as people of the world to promote peace and cooperation in a unified world using food as the glue that bonds us, culture and the bridges that connect us and understanding as the road to future cooperation and prosperity. The people in this project will explore conflict resolution techniques as well as building bridges with EU countries and neighbouring countries.The outcomes of this project will help youth organisations to build on the knowledge gained during the project to develop activities in their countries to help resolve conflicts and bring people closer together.Workshops will be designed to maintain a European dimension as all groups will be made up of at least one person from each country allowing for cultural learning during the workshops. Workshops are designed around the various subjects allowing the different youth to discuss the issues and work together to solve problems and share experiences.Role playing will also be used to allow the participants to get another perspective of different problems. This has proven to be very successful as it allows for the youth to see common problems from the viewer’s point of view rather than the actor. This also allows for innovative ways showing problems.Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are opposite to their real roles. During the simulations the participants will take on roles to re-enact a real situation based on events and problems in the real world. The participants will work together in their different roles to solve problems and to find solutions to these problems. Important here is that the participants take on random roles which add additional learning tools as they need to think and act as the person they are simulating. Using all the above tools and methodologies the youth learn through fun activities which are real, but are within a safe environment allowing them to learn from each other, make mistakes which can be corrected through discussions and not put themselves at risk. In real life when making these choices the results could be destructive but these activities simulate reality and allow for learning in a safe and secure environment.They will also be able to discuss and evaluate problems with their peers and help them by giving them guidance and support when it is needed. We hope that the information gained during this project is shared within all the communities and especially with the youth of these communities so that we can help put an end to human trafficking in the world.In addition to learning about the problems the youth will also exchange cultures and traditions and learn about the different cultures from the different countries allowing for better understanding of each other and therefore creating a more unified EU, fighting xenophobia and also discrimination.
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