The Youth Peace Camp engages young people and youth organisations from conflict affected regions in dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning during and after the camp.
The main objectives (personal, organisational and institutional) of the Youth Peace Camp are:
- To develop awareness and basic competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of participants in human rights education, conflict transformation, intercultural learning and dialogue, including a critical understanding of personal and collective identities and their role in conflicts
- To enable participants to share personal experiences of conflict and violence and coping strategies in a positive and safe atmosphere of living and learning together
- To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in peace-building activities with young people
- To prepare projects or follow-up activities by participants and their organisations focusing on confidence-building, dialogue and human rights education
- To promote and share existing youth work practices and experiences of young people working on dialogue and conflict transformation in their home communities
- To strengthen the role of the Council of Europe, in particular through its Youth for Democracy programme, in its efforts towards strengthening youth work in the field of conflict transformation, social cohesion and intercultural dialogue and in the implementation of the approaches of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security.
The 2020 Youth Peace Camp will bring together 60 to 70 young people from the following communities:
- Cyprus (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots)
- Kosovo,* participants coming from Albanian, Serbian and other communities
- From both banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr
- South Caucasus, in particular from conflict affected regions and ethnic minorities.
With the financial support of the Youth Board of Cyprus
* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo
Deadline for applications: 3 April 2020, 1 p.m. CET (midday)