Youth, Peace and Change-Making

Dates: March 2018 – December 2018 
Venue:
 Armenia, Georgia
Funded by:Erasmus+ programme, German National Agency
Hosting organisations: Academy for Peace and Development (Georgia), Youth Cooperation Centre Dilijan (Armenia)


The project “Youth, Peace and Change-Making Strengthening Youth Capacities for Building Peace” aimed at promoting the involvement of young people as key actors in peacebuilding and change processes by enhancing capacities of youth-led civil society organisations in developing and applying sustainable initiatives ensuring youth participation at local level through youth peace advocacy.

Therefore, the project supported developing the competences of young activists and young community through a combination of a distant learning programme, guided community assessments and two residential training courses on youth empowerment and the development of youth peace advocacy projects. As a result the participants were enabled to guide young people in planning, monitoring and evaluation of youth-lead peace-building initiatives on local level.

The objectives of the project include:
# To develop the capacities of youth workers and young leaders for empowering young people to take an active role in addressing community challenges through youth advocacy, particularly for societal and identity-based conflicts
# To develop innovative approaches and concrete initiatives in forms of youth advocacy projects for engaging young people in peace-building and change processes at local level
# To strengthen the links and cooperation between civil society organisations in Europe participating in promoting youth participation at local level

The project involved 54 youth and social workers from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Sweden, Turkey, Poland and Germany.


Overview of the activities

April 2018: e-learning module (4 weeks) on youth empowerment and peace-building
May 14-22, 2018: Residential Training Course held in Dilijan, Armenia, to explore strategic approaches to peace-building, youth empowerment in the context of conflict transformation and to prepare a community assessment
July – September 2018: community assessment by the participants in their home communities supported by an e-learning module on methods and approaches for designing and conducting needs assessment on local level
October 01-09, 2018: Residential Training Course held in Kobuleti, Georgia, on supporting young people to plan needs-based and outcome oriented peace initiatives on community level
November – December 2018: follow-up events in the participants’ countries to make use of learning outcomes by starting to plan youth peace initiatives with young people in their home communities


Results

Please find here the narrative reports of the main activities:
> Report of the first residential training course held in Armenia
> Report of the second residential training course held in Georgia


Partner organisations 

# Germany: European Intercultural Forum e. V. Berlin (lead)
# Armenia: Youth Cooperation Centre Dilijan (host of one residential training course)
# Belarus: Student Think Tank
# Georgia: Academy for Peace and Development (host of one residential training course)
# Sweden: System&G SE
# Poland: Fundacja Studentow i Absolwentow Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego BRATNIAK
# Turkey: Ucarli Genclik Dernegi
# Ukraine: Chernivtsi cell of allukrainian organisation “PORA!”


Residential Training Course in Dilijan, Armenia / May 2018

Residential Training Course in Kobuleti, Georgia / October 2018
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