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International Youth Seminar "Living Together - Embracing Divrsity - Acting for Unity: Youth work for peace-building, conflict prevention and conflict transformation"

The training activity took place
in Bansko, Bulgaria
organised by EMCCCD
14-22 April 2010

Aims & objectives

The course objectives were to: look at the role of youth work within a multidimensional approach to conflict transformation; stimulate debate about the opportunities for, and limits to, conflict transformation through youth work, human rights education and intercultural dialogue; examine key methodologies, learning principles and desired outcomes in peace education; to promote a process-oriented approach to conflict prevention, diversity, conflict transformation; to promote conflict transformation process on exploration, cooperation, synthesis and collaboration; to stimulate international youth networking and cooperation for piecebuilding and conflict prevention and transformation; to study on opportunities to help institutionalising a peaceful conflict culture and foster the structures and values of civil society in Europe and Mediterranean.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The International Youth Training Course brought 35 young people from Europe and Mediterranean to discuss the role of youth work in peace education, conflict prevention and conflict transformation for building diversity in unity.

Training methods used & main activities

The working methods were based on non-formal learning methodology seeking to stimulate self reflection on one`s own conflict assumptions and their cultural roots and to raise consciousness on the appropriateness and effectiveness of responses in other cultures. During the working sessions we explored and illustrated some of the significant contrasts in conflict styles and behaviours across various cultures. All educational methods were inclusive, participatory and culturally sensitive.

Outcomes of the activity

The European dimension of the project was based on the pan-European problems discussed and the common issues that young people and youth work are facing in peace work. Diversity was a stimulation for a dialogue and debate of our road to unity. As Hermann Hesse points out, "it is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is."

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full time trainer, responsible for delivery of modules on: management of diversity; peace building methods in youth work in Europe and the Mediterranean; conflict prevention and conflict transformation.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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