7 November 2023 - 9.00-11.00  / Room 8 Palais de l'Europe

Interpretation FR/EN

Sponsored by the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace

Learning about the conflicts is often the first step towards their resolution and prevention.

However, in the age of social media, our attention spans are decreasing, thus requiring innovative ways of keeping us engaged with the important subjects. If we want education for peace and democracy to be successful, it has to become more comprehensive, inclusive and interactive. Which approaches to raising awareness about difficult subjects in our societies work the best? Can we effectively use games to teach serious subjects? Can games and comprehensive programmes help us rekindle our passion for peace and democracy?

Lab 4: Knowledge is power

Full screen: ENFR / ORIGINAL

Palais de l'Europe, Room 8 7 November 2023 (09.00-11.00 )
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initiative 1

Kids Lives Matter


The Kids Lives Matter Colombia initiative is a comprehensive program designed to promote peace, democracy, and social inclusion for young people in conflict-affected areas. The initiative has several goals, including increasing access to higher education, providing psychosocial support, and empowering young people to become active citizens and agents of positive change in their communities. The program provides educational support, including tutoring and scholarships, to help young people achieve their academic goals. It also offers psychosocial support and counselling to help children deal with the effects of conflict in their communities. In addition, the initiative focuses on social inclusion and community building, providing opportunities for young people to participate in leadership events, cultural activities, and community service projects.




CEO, Kids Lives Matter Colombia


Miguel Rosas is the CEO of KidsLivesMatter–Colombia, he’s a Human Rights Activist and currently a community leader with a solid background in leadership, social studies, peace building, and human rights. Also, with a very serious commitment to upholding the rights of vulnerable communities in the country. His commitment and resilience are known among several Colombian leaders, international leaders, and youth organizations that support his projects in Cali. Miguel has received several awards by the national and international industry, such as One-Young-World 2021, Global-Rights-Connection 2021, sponsored by EQUITAS in Canada, and Youth-Ambassador-Program 2020 sponsored by the USA Department of State.

initiative 2

Memorízate - Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón


The Baltasar Garzón International Foundation -FIBGAR- organization acts globally in defense of Human Rights and Universal Jurisdiction, it is based in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina.

Memorízate is a master project that aims at rebuilding a collective memory of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship. Specifically, the project has a threefold purpose: to collect individual stories and data of victims, witnesses, survivors, etc., under the premise that dialogue can be a collective healing process. (Memorízate);  to raise awareness on democratic memory and foster engagement through social media (YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter) (¡Memorízate! - ¡Activemos nuestra memoria democrática!); to promote the intergenerational exchange of knowledge and experiences (¡Memorízate! - ¡Comprometámonos con la memoria!). On the premise that young people are the main conductors of the transmission of memory, the project’s primary beneficiaries are young Spaniards.




Executive Director, Memorízate

Alessia Schiavon is a lawyer, criminology and human rights expert, rule of law and human rights project manager and trainer. She is the Executive Director of Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR), which is a private non-profit organisation that acts globally in defence of Human Rights and Universal Jurisdiction. FIBGAR seeks to promote key actions aimed at strengthening a culture of civic and legal security based on the values of peace, justice, rule of law and good governance, as catalysts for sustainable democracy and means to counter human rights violations and anti-democratic threats.

initiative 3

Level Up - multi-institutions (KU Leuven, Universiteit Leiden, University of St Andrews, University of Oxford, Universidad Complutense Madrid, University of Tartu, University of Luxembourg, The Europaeum)


Level Up is a project led by a multi-disciplinary and international team of doctoral researchers in the framework of the Europaeum Network, an alliance of 19 European universities founded by Oxford University. They offer a flexible gamified method of participatory democracy that can be used for joint decision-making (initiated by communities and/or the general public), and public consultation (initiated by stakeholders such as policy-makers) at various levels of governance (from local to global). Their model based on gamification increases perceptions of togetherness, connection with other communities, enhances legitimacy and trust across social groups, promotes civic action, and improves general understanding of democratic processes and relevant policies to tackle the most pressing challenges.




Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Level Up

Sophie is a social scientist and world explorer. She currently works as a doctoral researcher (PhD) based in The Hague. Her interests cover information, technology, security, and democracy in Europe and beyond. In her research, she analyses the development of counter-disinformation policies in European governance and how it affects society. She also teaches to undergraduate students and regularly participate in conferences as speaker and moderator. As a Europaeum Scholar, Sophie co-developed an original democratic participation model called ‘Level Up’. It aims to reconnect citizens, stakeholders, and policymakers with a creative, inclusive, and inter-disciplinary approach centred on gamification. Sophie holds a Master’s degree (MPhil) from the University of Oxford and has 7+ years of experience as a consultant in public diplomacy, strategic communication, and global peace and security.

initiative 4

Educuality Board Games Hub – Educuality


Educuality is the first entity in Egypt that works on creating innovative peace building educational solutions through gamification of peace values and peace alternatives, also by using art and dialogue in peace building. Educuality Board Games Hub aims to solve the problem of lack of access to engaging informal peace educational solutions. It works on the gamification of peace issues education by making it easier for thousands of youths to access information and build their consciousness on the world emerging issues. Moreover, the board games develop youth skills and values in order to empower their existence afterwards by ensuring their participation in community initiatives.



Ahmed Abdullah SAAD MOHAMED

CEO, Educuality


Ahmed Saad is an accomplished Education Expert driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, dedicated to fostering youth empowerment and employment through Innovative education and Game Design. As the visionary force behind Educuality, Ahmed launched the venture in 2019. Over 4 years, he’s mentored 50+ Social Initiatives as well as he trained 5000+ Egyptian youth on Global citizenship, Sustainable Development, and Peacebuilding through inventive educational approaches.  Ahmed is a master’s student studying Digital Technologies, Education and Communication at University of Manchester, He is Also a Global Change Maker, a Ship For World Youth Leaders Alumni, UNAOC YPP Alumni, and a TEDx Speaker


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.



Youth delegate

Russian Federation

My name is Arseniy and I am from Russia. After Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, my main goal is to promote the ideas of peace and democracy in my country despite the authoritarian regime. During the forum, I want to share my experience of the functioning of civil society and the democratic movement in a police state and highlight the fight of those Russians who want to end the war and democratize the political system. I believe that participation in WFD provides a wonderful platform for interstate dialogue that is necessary for every society of every country to succeed since it promotes tolerance and understanding



Youth delegate


'Lo personal es político' (what is personal is political) embodies my favorite Latin American feminist concept. It emphasizes the need for systemic change and the fact that only unity can turn a dream of change into reality. Attending a United World College and living in three different countries has shown me vastly different things about what democracy means and the role of civil engagement. A recurring theme is the neglect of young people in peace-building and democratic processes. While some claim we dream too much, I believe in the power of dreams to drive change. As a freshman at Middlebury College, I want to be an amplifier for the generations before me and the generations to come that scream fighting to survive, fighting for peace, and for a fair, democratic future.



Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe