Many types of conflicts exist in Europe ranging from social tensions, community conflicts to ethnic and identity-based violent conflict in Eastern Europe, namely in Ukraine and the South Caucasus.
To aid communities and individuals affected by these conflicts, peace education – defined as a holistic, multidisciplinary and transformative process to develop competences in nonviolent conflict transformation, respect for human rights and active participation – is one approach of peace-building measures that aims at strengthening nonviolence and participatory means of conflict transformation to ensure human rights protection, nonviolence and participation as fundamental principles of societal life allowing young people to not only grow up in a peaceful environment without their personal development potentials being jeopardise, but also to contribute conflicts to be addressed nonviolently without making use of direct, structural and cultural violence.
Against this background, the project proposal aims to strengthen the competences of youth workers and youth educators in peace education for young people in order to empower young people to become pro-active agents of peaceful change via local community initiatives addressing societal conflicts.
Therefore, the youth workers and youth educators will participate in two e-learning modules and two training courses in Georgia on conflict transformation, peace education and training delivery. As a result the participants shall be enabled to design, implement and evaluate their own training courses and workshops on peace education for young people in their communities.
Objectives of the project:
- To strengthen the conceptual understanding of youth workers and youth educators in conflict transformation
- To explore the role of peace education in processes of conflict transformation in the youth field
- To strengthen educational competences of youth workers and youth educators in developing, delivering and evaluating peace education programmes for young people
- To create transnational partnerships on peace education among youth organisations
- Step 1 – E-Learning phase in preparation of the 1st training course
The participants will be invited to follow an e-learning course on conflict transformation prior their attendance of the 1st training course in Georgia. The e-course will cover the following themes: peace-building and conflict transformation, youth as peace-builders, approaches to peace education
- Step 2 – Training Course in Georgia
A basic training course for 24 youth workers and youth educators from the EU and the Caucasus on peace-building and conflict transformation in youth work
- Step 3 – E-Learning phase in preparation of the 2nd training course
The participants will be invited to follow an e-learning course on peace education prior their attendance of the 2nd training course in Georgia. The e-course will cover the following themes: peace education, peace education and youth, key competences for training delivery, key competences for educators in the field of peace education
- Step 4 – Training Course in Georgia
A training of trainers for 24 youth workers and youth educators from the EU and the Caucasus on peace education for young people. Specific objective of the training of trainers:
- Step 4 – Public presentations of the project held in each countries
- December 2015 – February 2016: Preparation and recruitment of the participants
- March 2016: Preparation of the participants with an online learning course
- April 2016 – Training course on basic competences in conflict transformation and peace education
- April – May 2016 – Preparation of the participants with an online learning course
- June 2016 – Training of trainers on conflict transformation and peace education
- July – October 2016 – Public presentations in each countries
- November 2016: Evaluation and reporting