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Piece of Peace in Piispala

Training Course

18-22 January 2016 | Piispala youth centre, Finland

This training will build up understanding of conflict and peace building and will push personal boundaries around the challenges of youth work practice and the contributions that this can make towards social change in our local communities.
"Be the change you want to see." Do youth workers have a role to play in peace building? Does "radical youth work practice" have relevance to peace building? Can we define radical youth work as a tradition within youth work, of workers committed to and consciously working with young people in order to try and create a more just and better society? How can we all become Agents for Change? We tend to think that conflict and peace building is related to major international issues, however by understanding the dynamics and patterns of conflict and peace building we can relate these concepts to our local situations. Peace can also be built piece by piece. This training will build up understanding of conflict and peace building and will push personal boundaries around the challenges of youth work practice and the contributions that this can make towards social change in our local communities. The aim is to bring together youth workers and peace builders to learn from each other. The training will help you to define ‘what change do you want to see in the world?’ and help you explore ‘how can you be the agent in that change?’. The Objectives Are: - to build up the understanding of the dynamics and patterns of conflicts and peace building - to raise the awareness of the role of youth workers as actors in peace building - to recognise the skills required for youth workers as agents of change - to create a space for networking and future co-operation. Who should participate? - youth workers who are interested in reflecting their own role as actors of change and peace builders in their society - civil society/ community activists who wish to engage and share their experiences of peace building with youth workers and those working in youth sectors Our Team Approach The methodological approach is heavily influenced by the theories and practices of Paolo Freire and Mahatma Gandhi. The programme is highly participative with self-reflective and action oriented approaches to change included in the daily programme. The venue The training is organised in the youth centre of Piispala in Central Finland. Piispala is a haven of peace located in the countryside about an hour away from the closest city. The arrival and departure point of this training course is the city of Jyväskylä (4 hours from Helsinki). You should also be aware of the fact that winter in Finland can be very cold: you will need warm winter clothes & shoes in order to take part in outdoor activities and move from one place to another. Participants from countries neighbouring the EU SALTO Resource Centres / Hosting NA covers the travel costs of the selected participants according to the conditions communicated along with the selection results. For any questions regarding the participants selection or financial impact, please contact: (Western Balkan region) (Eastern Europe & Caucasus) (MEDA countries)

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Training overview

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This Training Course is

for 35 participants

from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Civil society activists

Working language(s):



Centre for International Mobility CIMO (National Agency)


  • INJEP - France (National Agency)
  • SALTO South East Europe (SALTO Resource Centre)
  • SALTO Cultural Diversity (SALTO Resource Centre)

Contact for questions:

Hilma Ruokolainen


Phone: +358 295 338 505

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


This project is financed by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your Erasmus+: Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. If you come from a country other than Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme Countries, please contact the SALTO Resource Centre of your region for further information about the financial details. (Note for sending NAs: This activity is financed by TCA 2015)

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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