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Call for participants for the Study Session “Culture of Peace: soft power for countering violent radicalisation and extremism among young people in Europe”

Yuliya Ielfimova 13/03/19 18:31
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Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) in cooperation with the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, Youth Department, invites you to participate in the study session “Culture of Peace: soft power for countering violent radicalisation and extremism among young people in Europe”, that will take place in European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary 24th – 29th June 2019 (travel days: 23rd and 30th June 2019).

Aim:

The study session aims to empower people working with youth as well as youth themselves to support the transformation of societies and be able to address violent radicalisation and extremism among young people, by analysing local realities, exchanging practices and promoting culture of peace.

Objectives:

To develop a common understanding of notions related to violent radicalisation and extremism;

To promote the inclusion and participation of youth in shaping lasting peace by raising awareness about legal instruments such as UNSCR 2250;

To promote the use of counter narratives to hate speech as a tool to prevent violent radicalisation and extremism;

To bring together people working with youth as well as youth themselves to map and analyse the situation and causes of violent radicalisation and extremism among youth in Europe;

To empower youth as key actors for peace and promoters of culture of peace through exploring youth-friendly tools in the field of peacebuilding and migration;

To foster and improve transnational cooperation among people working with youth as well as youth themselves through the exchange of good practices in the area of counteracting violent radicalisation and extremism;

To increase the competences of people working with youth as well as youth themselves in recognising and contributing to mitigation of violent radicalisation and extremism;

To empower participants to become multipliers contributing to the transformation of a more peaceful and inclusive society by means of youth work.

Methodology:

Non-formal learning and participant-oriented approaches will be used, and in accordance with the environment friendly policy. The program flow will reflect interactive and participatory methods among which will be: team building activities, interactive lectures, role play/simulation, case studies, expert input, discussion, community mapping, thematic workshops on the tools of addressing violent radicalisation and extremism, LSD (Learning Space Dynamics) session on exchange of practices and tools, world café, open space, and reflection groups.

The methodology of the study session will be based on the approaches of human rights educations that is “About, Through and For Human Rights”. The tools of the Council of Europe such as “Compass”, “We Can”, “Youth Transforming Conflict” T-Kit, UN SC Resolution 2250 are some of the tools, which will be used for promoting cooperative learning, participation and learning through experience in activities. The created earning process will be focused at encouraging participation, contribution, and desire to work together to elaborate individual and common ideas of applying received knowledge and skills and enabling future cooperation.

Profile of Participants:

Participants living in Council of Europe countries and parties to the European Cultural Convention (Belarus, the Holy See and Kazakhstan);

Young people with migrant, refugee or asylum seeker background;

Youth workers, youth leaders, peacebuilders, actively involved in the development of culture of peace, youth empowerment, capacity building activities;

Participants protecting youth from radicalisation and extremism;

Participants who work to ensure integration and social inclusion – directly or indirectly;

Representatives of grassroot organisations working on this topic;

No previous experience with Non-Formal Education is required.

Eligibility Criteria:

Young peacebuilders including Youth Peace Ambassadors Network members and alumni;

Age of participants: 18-30 (however some of the participants may be over the age of 30);

Able to communicate and work in English;

Be motivated to cooperate with the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network and/or other participants;

Be motivated to act as multiplier and implement local, regional or international activities in their communities;

Have practical experience in work relevant to the topic;

Be able to attend the entire study session.

Technical Details:

The study session will be held at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Budapest, Hungary. Participants are expected to arrive on 23rd and depart on 30th June 2019. Travel expenses are arranged and reimbursed by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, in accordance with its financial provisions. Board and lodging are covered and provided by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. Reimbursement of travel costs of participants is typically done at the end of the session. Participants need to be present for the whole duration of the study session in order to be reimbursed.

Enrolment Fee

The enrolment fee for study sessions is € 50 per participant. The fee is deducted from the total refund of travel expenses. All persons attending the study session must complete a travel reimbursement form even when there are no travel expenses and pay the enrolment fee due to the Youth Department of the Council of Europe before the end of the meeting.

Deadline For Application

Candidates should complete the online application and submit it no later than 20th of March 2019. Selected candidates will be contacted by April 2nd 2019.

For further information and/or support please feel free to contact us on youthpeaceambassadors@gmail.com

Orgonizers' Information

About Youth Peace Ambassadors Network:

The Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) is an informal network of young peacebuilders across Europe who works with and in conflict affected communities. The YPAN was developed from the ‘Youth Peace Ambassadors’ project. The project itself was proposed by the Advisory Council on Youth and endorsed by the Joint Council on Youth of the Council of Europe in 2010 and lasted from April 2011 until December 2013. The mission of YPAN is to develop a culture of peace by empowering young people, promoting human rights, dignity, equality and respect of diversity through education, advocacy and other non-violent actions. The YPAN brings together 57 young people from 26 countries of the Council of Europe. Members of the Network are involved in work with and for young people within different structures: organisations, institutions, informal groups. Therefore, in peace-building activities, the Network has significant support from youth organisations all over Europe.

Center for Euroinitiatives is a public nonprofit organization, which aims at assisting the reformation of Ukraine in accordance with European standards, introducing democratic values, and developing civil society in Ukraine using educational and informational methodologies. Founded in 2008, and previously known as Center for Euroinitiatives, the organisation is a team of experts in youth work with international experience, youth leaders, enthusiasts and volunteers. It is the official InfoCenter ERASMUS+Youth in Ukraine supported by SALTO.

Institute for Democratic Changes – IDC is a membership based non-governmental, non-commercial legal entity in Georgia, created according to Georgian civil code. Founders and the leaders of the organisation are professional youth workers and activists in the field of Youth Policy, Youth Work, Youth Participation, Intercultural Learning, non-formal education, Human rights education, democracy and etc. Most members of IDC are young people from 18 to 30 years. Main goals of the organisation are: to promote Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, to support youth participation and volunteering on national and on international level, To promote innovation media/social media tools and instruments among young people, to make a contribution in implementation of youth policy, to support intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning, to promote peace on national, regional and international level.

Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity (Generation 2.0 RED) is a nonprofit organization consisting of young people who fight for the rights of socially vulnerable groups, regardless of their origin, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We combine social action and research, aiming to promote human rights, equality and diversity, fight racism, xenophobia and discrimination. G2RED has experience in social action, sociological and legal research, project management and cultural events. We participate and collaborate with the biggest human rights networks not only in Greece, but also in Europe, always aiming to the equal participation of young people in the social and political life of the country they live in. G2RED consists of members of the Board, with the major assistance of volunteers of Greek or immigrant origin.

Great Baikal Trail a Siberian NGO with the mission of promoting environmental and social rights and cultivating a socially-responsible society through the organization of volunteer and educational projects. GBT also aims to raise the awareness and conscientiousness of local communities towards natural and cultural heritage, intercultural dialogue and human rights. Since 2003 GBT has run 117 international projects involving youth from all around the world in restoration, non-formal education, peacebuilding and heritage protection activities. The NGO has been working with youth leaders and activists in the mentioned spheres though the series of exchange programmes, volunteer opportunities, social and environmental initiatives. Educational projects of GBT include non-formal sessions on human rights and intercultural dialogue for local children from distant villages. GBT came to be the very first Siberian NGO to work at a European level.

EXIT Fryshuset was established in 1998, and is based on the notion that individuals join white supremacist movements not because of ideology, but due to social reasons and the search for status, identity, support and power. Individuals normally enter these movements when they feel excluded or unaccepted by society or have experienced a deep sense of insult. The majority of EXIT staff are former members of white supremacist groups, although they are complemented by others, including a physician and psychotherapists.

Partners for People in Need (P.P.N) was established in TIRANA-ALBANIA in June 2017 and aims to help and to empower vulnerable communities. Its vision is a world where communities are involved in making change towards a prosperous and peaceful world, where human values and human rights are respected and promoted. PPN has implemented activities for raising awareness about different socio-cultural issues in high schools and universities and has held workshops with young people on HR promotion. The co-founders of PPN are highly experienced in their field of expertise, and they all have experience working in the public and private sector (NGO), in research and in training using non-formal education.