Push 4 Peace
Start date: Feb 1, 2016,
End date: Feb 28, 2017
Every country is different, unique, and wants to be better than the rest. Every country wants to show that it can do things better than other countries and as a result we see a lot of conflict in the world. In our modern age we still see wars being fought, we see that in our world today there is a tug of war for power and success. Why don’t we push for peace?This youth exchange is developed by the partner countries by young people eager to see a unified world built on cooperation and unity. We want to embrace the European model of unity and spread this across the globe allowing young people all over the world to push for peace.The project will examine conflicts in different countries and try to understand them from the perspective of youth and will work on finding solutions for these conflicts. We will be ambassadors of unity working for a unified world which rejects war and conflict and builds bridges of cooperation, understanding and unity.We will examine the principals of the EU and try to establish these principals in all our countries working on ways to replace conflict with cooperation, dispute with resolution and war with peace.When our youth can be the building blocks of a world unified by diversity, then our future generations can live in harmony working together to build a world of equality and prosperity.The profile of the participants is vital for this project and we will select the participants best for the project but at the same time giving priority to those who are disadvantaged.In order to achieve these goals the activities foreseen non-formal and informal methodologies are used to ensure the learning outcomes of the project. A variety of ice breakers and energisers are used to help the particpants familiarise themselves with each other allowing for a more comfortable atmosphere for cooperation and collaboration. Open discussions are used to allow participants to share their views and also to identify common problems in the different countries. Discussions will give the youth more confidence, especially when seeing that youth from other countries are facing the same problems. Debates will allow the youth to express their personal viewpoints of different matters and to justify them through discussions. This will also allow for others to gain knowledge based on the experiences of others.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 intercultural 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 of showing problems.Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are often 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 dangerous but these activities simulate reality and allow for learning in a safe and secure environment.As a result we hope to give our youth the tools and knowledge to understand their own cultural history better and to be open to learn and understand about the cultures of others.They will also be able to identify 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. 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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