Ideas of young peacebuilders
Youth Peace Camp 2018 inspired the participants to develop competences in human rights education, intercultural learning, conflict transformation.
They were also enabled to acquire a critical understanding of personal and collective identities and their role in conflicts.
The sharing of practices and personal stories resulted in a variety of practical tools, ideas and initiatives for follow-up in their communities back home. From a “Unity in Diversity” decathlon to the cleaning of a river that divides and unites; all the initiatives that emerged are listed below.
ArAz Summer Peace Camp
The ArAz Summer Peace Camp provides an opportunity for young men and women from Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet the people that live across the border. By being in touch with each other, the participants can overcome the political division that separates them, to focus more on the similarities that bring them together.
Culturally Connected Cyprus
This project aims at making visible how culturally connected all people of Cyprus are. By using traditional music and songs, people can feel more connected to each other, and discover how similar they actually are.
Peace building and Human Rights Workshops
These two-day workshops introduce Sukhumi youth to Human Rights and to the work of the Council of Europe. By building on the achievements of the Youth Peace Camp, these workshops go a step further by raising awareness of Human Rights issues directly in the community.
Bridging the Differences
Together for Peace
What better way to get to know each other than to work together? The “Together for Peace” project brings youth from both Armenia and Azerbaijan together to cooperate in helping people who live in precarious situations. The participants can expect to develop healthy and friendly relationships, while taking part in humanitarian projects.
Rule of Law for Peace
This project aims at promoting the rule of law in Georgia. As a foundation for peace, the rule of law needs to be better understood and accepted. To achieve this goal, the strategy is to organize a competition of essays about the rule of law and piece building.
It is increasingly difficult for people from Gali and Zugdidi to get together, even for relatives. To allow people to reach each other, this project offers to create a safe space where people can meet and work. By intensifying the relationships between the two cities, peace building projects may take root and grow.
Kids for Peace
Exploring Our Schools in Moldova
In Moldova, there is a need for people of different ethnic backgrounds to meet and learn from each other. This project aims at bringing students together by creating safe spaces, organizing visits, and offering workshops about Human Rights, to foster cooperation and mutual understanding.
Humans Rights for All
Young people need help to understand, apply and promote Human Rights. This training aims at making Azeri youth more resourceful and more skilled in recognizing and facing cases of discrimination. By empowering them, they will also be better at empowering others – the intended multiplier effect.
Peaceful Games Georgia
This game involves children, among the group of “Internally Displaced Persons” in Georgia, into a simulation game that gives them the role of a decision maker. That way, they can broaden their points of view, develop empathy and communication skills, and gain an experience in conflict resolution.
“Your Ecology – Is You” - Cleaning the Nistru River
“Your Ecology - Is You” is a series of events in which people living around the Nistru River banks gather to take care of their natural environment together. In addition to making the river clean and beautiful again, the participants can meet with people of different ethnicities and build peaceful relationships.
Unity in Diversity Decathlon
The “Unity in Diversity Decathlon” is a 3-days sports event that brings together the students of 30 schools from both sides of the Nistru River. It creates a safe space where young people can meet and cooperate to learn about a healthy lifestyle and intercultural collaboration.
We All Are Human Beings
Azeri Youth – Opinions DO Matter
Every person’s participation can make a difference. The “Small Community Meetings” project brings groups of 10 persons from Azerbaijan to talk together about their experience of conflict and war, so that their participation is valorized. By sharing their points of view, we can expect them to acknowledge that their opinions do matter.
Know Your Rights - Summer Camp for Young Peace Builders
This Summer Camp for Young Peace Builders aims at strengthening the community in Tskhinvali by creating competence for peace and rising awareness of Human Rights. Through human rights education, it is possible to empower the youth and to build a better community.
Step for Peace
Step for Peace is a 3-days program to be implemented in primary and secondary schools. Using Compasito, the manual for human rights education with children, it aims at empowering children by giving them the means to understand others and to act in the world in accordance with Human Rights.
Training about Conflicts and their Origins
This training aims at sharing knowledge about the origins of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. But the scope of the study is not limited to this one conflict: it embraces all kinds of conflicts, and shares strategies for conflict resolution. The training could be broadcasted to reach a wider audience.
“Dreams for Peace” exhibition
This exhibition, presented simultaneously in Baku and Yerevan, takes the form of an exchange of photos and drawings, together with a ceremonial exchange of certificates and gifts. It aims at promoting peace and foster sympathy for each other.
Since people are hesitant to cross the borders in Cyprus, this project aims at making travelling easier. By visiting the entire island and meeting people from all around the place, stereotypes can be challenged and broken. This tour aims at promoting peace and tolerance.