The project aims to facilitate the cultivation and maintenance of non-violent conflict resolution mechanisms in the Balkan region by supporting a group critical ambassadors for peace in leading this development. The project has its basis in the fact that many of these countries for many years have had repeated violent conflicts that have dozens of lasting repercussions on the countries and communities’ development and well-being. Young people are particularly great sacrifices in these conflicts and therefore also the right audience to lead the change. The project will take the form of various courses, exchanges and non-formal learning as well as lobbying and advocacy. The project will be specifically implemented in Ukraine and Georgia.
Project overall objective:
To make a contribution to a bottom-up, people-to-people approach to peace-building by strengthening the role of young people as peace ambassadors capable of acting as a bridge to peaceful conflict resolution among the post-soviet societies, particularly in Ukraine and Georgia civil societies.
Project’s specific objectives:
- To empower young people to become peace ambassadors capable of fostering peace at local and transnational level;
- To create a sustainable partnership among civil society organizations (CSOs) in Denmark, Ukraine and Georgia
- Facilitate a strong CSO – Local Schools partnership/network as a way of ensuring that there is sustained connectivity between non-formal education methods to peace building and mainstream education systems
- One hundred youths (100) youths across partner countries are trained in Conflict resolution and mediation methods
- One hundred youths (100) youths across partner countries are trained in Non-violent communication and Dialogue for peace methods
- One hundred youths (100) youths across partner countries are trained in approaches to influence policy processes & advocacy methods
- Quarterly youth – politicians/policy processes meetings to enable youths to gain first experience in interfacing with policy engagement
- Quarterly meetings among CSOs in each participating country held
- Quarterly CSO joint statement on the need for peaceful resolution of conflicts in each country and across the region published in popular print media in all participating countries
- Quarterly joint meetings with related policy bodies/politicians to lobby & advocate for more emphasis on peaceful conflict resolution in the region
- One inter-partner exchange of best practices meeting held in Kiev – Ukraine
- Quarterly strategic meetings between CSOs and Participating schools to develop ideas & lay strategies for a strengthened cooperation & project success
- Quarterly schools – CSOs joint online newsletter where articles from Students, teachers, CSO actors about the project are published & multiplied to the wider public
- Quarterly non-formal education workshops facilitated by CSOs in participating schools
- Production of various Non-formal based study materials
- An online learning platform (Website) that will allow students to retrieve the study materials during & long after the project is complete
- An archive of Student projects (audio, video, and/or written projects) that will reflect newly learned skills and will deal with their understanding of the conflict resolution via non-violent methods and mediation.