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Living-Together and Peace Education in Youth Work - Cross the Border II
Date du début: 1 août 2014, Date de fin: 31 mai 2015 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

From November 14th to 23th 2014, the CEMEA Rhône-Alpes organization, in collaboration with its partners from Caucasus (Loesje Armenia, GSW IYU, Civil Forum for Peace and CNIS) and Germany (Dock Europe) will hold an intercultural seminar on the issues of living-together and conflict transformation in Bouvante (France). Entitled ‘Living Together and Peace Education in Youth Work: Cross the Border II!’, the activity is the continuation of a first seminar organized in France in November 2013. This seminar will gather 21 young people active in the youth field from Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia (including the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia), Germany and the Russian federation for 8 days of meetings, training activities and exchanges focused on the role that young people can play in conflict transformation and the promotion of intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. Young people are directly and indirectly affected by conflict: restriction of movement, inability to freely meet the ‘other’ side, censorship, control of media, restricted freedom of speech… Many young people want things to change. They have a potential to become catalysts for peace and reconciliation or continue a cycle of hatred, blame and intolerance. They need support to develop their skills in this field as well as their confidence to become peer-leaders and catalyst for peace in their local communities. Through this project, the consortium aims at meeting these needs. =>Aim Cross the Border aims to engage with young people facing conflict and challenging intercultural situation by providing them with a neutral ground where they can meet and participate in a positive experience in living and learning together. =>Objectives • To share and learn from each other as young people involved in the youth field who are confronted with intercultural challenges and violence in their everyday life; • To reflect personally and collectively on the concepts of non-violence, human rights, intercultural learning and dialogue; • To share among participants their personal experiences of conflict and violence and their coping strategies, identifying what is common and specific between them; •To explore new ways of communication and dialogue through creative and innovative activities; • To learn about young people’s realities in the participating countries; •To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in intercultural dialogue and confidence building activities with young people from their organisations and communities; •To build connections with other projects and organisations active in the field of youth, intercultural dialogue and conflict transformation to enable the sharing of good practices and develop synergies at local, regional and international levels. Throughout the seminar non‐formal education and progressive education principles will be the key learning-methodologies. It will include experiential learning, role‐plays, discussions, artistic and creative activities, group assignments, reflection, individual work, small groups, plenary discussions, inputs and exercises. Participants will be supported in their learning by a team of three experienced trainers and 2 support staff. Participants will have the occasion to invest the confidence and the skills they will gain, as well as the contacts they’ll make, within their local communities. Participating organization will accompany them in the development of follow-up activities at local, regional and international level. The involvement of other stakeholders (ranging from local government and youth organization to international networks such as the Youth Peace Ambassadors) will also ensure a broad and long-lasting impact.



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