This is a reference for Xavier Baró Urbea

Youth Peace Ambassadors Council of Europe Flagship Project

The training activity took place
in Strasbourg, Budapest, other
organised by Council of Europe
from 2011 to 2013
Reference person

Vojislava Tomic

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Aims & objectives

The Youth Peace Ambassadors was the flagship project of the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport promoting the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue.

The project was centred on a network of young people from all member states of the Council of Europe who, upon receiving training at the European Youth Centres.

The main aim of the YPA project was to promote and to support the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue through a network of specifically trained young people who strengthen the presence and promote the values of the Council of Europe in conflict-affected areas and communities.

The main objectives of the YPA project were

- To promote the presence and the role of young people as positive actors of change in peace-building processes;
- To strengthen the role of young people in identifying and speaking up against human rights violations, including discrimination, hate speech and those human rights violations affecting especially young people and children;
- To support the field presence and activities of the Council of Europe by fostering cooperation with key stakeholders, partners, non-governmental organisations working in the field of peace-building in order to promote the values of the Council of Europe;
- To develop the impact and the expertise of the Council of Europe’s youth sector in conflict affected areas through non-formal education activities with young people;
- To develop the competences 50 of youth peace ambassadors in human rights promotion and protection, conflict transformation, peace-building and intercultural dialogue, as well as other specific competences according to the participants’ needs, related to their role as future ambassadors;
- To support and give visibility to at least 50 local youth-led projects for peace-building in conflict-affected areas and communities;
- To enhance the youth ambassadors capacity to take action at a local level in environments affected by previous or ongoing conflicts;
- To advance youth policy’s role in peace-building and conflict transformation;
- To create and support a European network of youth peace ambassadors to secure the sustainability and medium-term impact of the project.

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

The project trained seventy-five youth leaders, coming from conflict affected communities around Europe from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey, Ulster …

Training methods used & main activities

Simulation activities, energizers, debates, buzz groups, individual reflection exercises, case studies, personal inventories, inputs and lectures, small group work, etc

Outcomes of the activity

The main outcome was to create a network of youth peace ambassadors to further spread the values of the COE as well as to promote peace in their regions.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role started in the expert group meeting that designed the Youth Peace Ambassadors project concept.
As trainer I was in charge of implementing the programme, developing its modules, mentoring participants development and creating the on-line training modules through the Moodle E-Learning platform.

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

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