INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE 2019: SAPERE AUDE (DARE TO KNOW)


The fifth annual International Peace Conference is fast approaching and will be taking place from Feb 1st-3rd  in Maastricht, Netherlands 
​Explore and learn more about the conference and our upcoming theme: “Sapere Aude”

During a three-day conference, 400 participants of over 105 nationalities, take part in a wide variety of engagements. Workshops led by youth, who have either experienced the absence of peace or with personal ties to various forms of conflict, offer unique insights and solution-based discussions. Peacemakers, challengers, advocates, and experts from around the world share their knowledge and inspire through lectures and leaded debates. Read more

Paris Peace Conference, 1919

The =&0=&, also known as =&1=&, was the meeting of the victorious Allied Powers following the end of World War I to set the peace terms for the defeated Central Powers.

Involving diplomats from 32 countries and nationalities, the major or main decisions were the creation of the League of Nations, as well as the five peace treaties with the defeated states; the awarding of German and Ottoman overseas possessions as “mandates”, chiefly to Britain and France; reparations imposed on Germany; and the drawing of new national boundaries (sometimes with plebiscites) to better reflect ethnic boundaries.

The main result was the Treaty of Versailles with Germany, which in section 231 laid the guilt for the war on “the aggression of Germany and her allies”. This provision proved humiliating for Germany and set the stage for the expensive reparations Germany was intended to pay (it paid only a small portion before reparations ended in 1931). The five major powers (France, Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States) controlled the Conference. And the “Big Four” were the Prime Minister of France, Georges Clemenceau; the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Lloyd George; the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson; and the Prime Minister of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando. They met together informally 145 times and made all the major decisions, which in turn were ratified by the others.

The Conference opened on 18 January 1919. This date was symbolic, as it was the anniversary of the proclamation of William I as German Emperor in 1871, in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, shortly before the end of the Siege of Paris – a day itself imbued with significance in its turn in Germany as the anniversary of the establishment of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1701. The Delegates from 27 nations (delegates representing 5 nationalities were for the most part ignored) were assigned to 52 commissions, which held 1,646 sessions to prepare reports, with the help of many experts, on topics ranging from prisoners of war to undersea cables, to international aviation, to responsibility for the war. Key recommendations were folded into the Treaty of Versailles with Germany, which had 15 chapters and 440 clauses, as well as treaties for the other defeated nations.

The five major powers (France, Britain, Italy, the U.S., and Japan) controlled the Conference. Amongst the “Big Five”, in practice Japan only sent a former prime minister and played a small role; and the “Big Four” leaders dominated the conference. The four met together informally 145 times and made all the major decisions, which in turn were ratified by other attendees. The open meetings of all the delegations approved the decisions made by the Big Four. The conference came to an end on 21 January 1920 with the inaugural General Assembly of the League of Nations.

Youth Peace Camp 2018

The Youth Peace Camps were initiated by the Council of Europe in 2003, in cooperation with   Europa Park in Rust, Germany, to bring together young people from conflict regions and to support them in initiating dialogue and cooperation.

In the past years the peace camp project brought together young people from the Middle East, Southeast and Eastern Europe. During the camp the participants followed an experiential learning process and acquired competences in the fields of intercultural learning, dialogue and conflict transformation, within a human rights framework.

Aim

The Youth Peace Camp engages young people and youth organisations from conflict affected regions in dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning during and after the camp.

Objectives:  

The main objectives (personal, organisational and institutional) of the Youth Peace Camp are:

  • To develop awareness and basic competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of participants in human rights education, conflict transformation, intercultural learning and dialogue, including a critical understanding of personal and collective identities and their role in conflicts
  • To enable participants to share personal experiences of conflict and violence and coping strategies in a positive and safe atmosphere of living and learning together
  • To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in peace-building activities with young people encouraging them to implement follow-up initiatives
  • To promote and share existing youth work practices and experiences of young people working on dialogue and conflict transformation in their home communities
  • To strengthen the role of the Council of Europe, in particular through its Youth for Democracy programme, in its efforts towards strengthening youth work in the field of conflict transformation, social cohesion and intercultural dialogue and in the implementation of the approaches of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security.
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    ReDefine Next 100 program

    Deadline: 1 July 2018
    Open to: students of higher education between the ages of 18 and 35
    Benefits: covered travel, accommodation, lunch in Prague, access to Future Port Prague

    DESCRIPTION

    The ReDefine Next 100 program brings together selected students from diverse fields including humanities, social sciences, engineering, medicine, computing science, art and the natural sciences. In international teams, 40 top young leaders identify the issue they perceive to be the paramount global challenge in the future. This diverse team incorporates innovative ideas from various respective fields and proposes a way to address this challenge. Up to ten teams will be invited to Prague for a five day-long workshop, where they perfect their work to a final proposal with high-level mentors. The top teams, as selected by a panel of experts, will be invited to present their ideas at The Next 100 Symposium.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Successful scholars will demonstrate:

    • A passion for innovative, cross-disciplinary critical thinking;
    • Leadership in their field & team collaboration​;

    Applicants must be:

    • Between the ages of 18 and 35;
    • Students of higher education (Bachelor, Masters, PhD) or individuals who have left their formal education no later than 2 years prior to applying;
    • Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, however they must have access to a good internet connection to attend the mentoring sessions and work collaboratively in teams.

    BENEFITS

    • Fully-funded scholarship to attend the Seminar Week in Prague as well as The Next 100 Symposium for winning teams;
    • Mentoring by high-level professionals;
    • Professional workshop building your presentation skills;
    • Participants will have access to Future Port Prague with a possibility to present their project on their Launch Pad;
      Winning teams will have the option to present at the Next 100 Symposium in Prague in November where they will be able to network and share their ideas;
      One team will win the Next 100 Redefiner Award and the opportunity to pitch their idea to the Next 100 Symposium’s partners and delegates;

      This Fellowship is fully funded and includes:

      • 1 day access to Future Port Prague with a possibility to present your project on their Launch Pad;
      • Hotel accomodation on a shared basis for the Prague Seminar Week, as well as The Next 100 Symposium if part of the winning team;
      • The cost of travel to and from Prague (economy) for the Prague Seminar Week, as well as The Next 100 Symposium if part of the winning team;
      • Lunch during the Seminar Week;
      • Discretionary per diems for the Seminar Week while in Prague;

      The fellowship does not fund visas, however we are able to connect you with your local embassy and aid in the process.

      HOW TO APPLY?

      Please prepare your confirmations of enrollment or completion of higher education as well as relevant academic transcripts and other accompanying documents. Read more

    Training of trainers in youth work

    Training Course

    8-11 August 2018 | Sibiu, Romania

    The major aim of this training course is to train trainers to contribute to the improvement of quality youth work in Council of Europe countries, with a particular focus on working with youth work preventing violent extremism and radicalization.

    Within this ToT-course participants have the chance to develop their competences as a trainer in youth work, with a particular focus on prevention of violent extremism and radicalisation.

    In line with the European Training Strategy in the frame of Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme the ToT-course considers the following competences to be essential when working as a non-formal education trainer:

    • and intercultural competences
    • the competence to co-operate successfully in teams;
    • the competence to communicate meaningfully with others;
    • the competence to design educational programs;
    • the competence to direct one´s own learning (Learning to Learn);
    • the competence to understand and facilitate individual and group learning processes;

    Participants enter the ToT-course with various levels of prior experience as trainers, as well as competences developed, so consequently, the learning needs of participants are different. The educational approach implemented in the ToT-course intends to allow for these different learning needs to be identified and pursued. The group as a source for peer learning and the trainers as facilitators of these learning processes are essential pillars of this approach.

    Participants are expected:

    • to have basic knowledge in regards of youth work and the prevention of violent extremism and radicalisation
    • to be able to run training courses in English;
    • to be prepared to reflect on and question their own beliefs and approaches as trainers;
    • to have had international experience in the youth work field;
    • to have the potential and need to develop training competences and act after the course as a trainer for their sending organisations;
    • to show initiative and willingness to self-direct their own learning process.

    Participation to the ECYC online training on youth work as a preventive practice is a plus.

    Participants to the TOT are requested to sign up by the 30th of June, following this link:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/totyouthwork

    Participants will have to cover an enrollment fee of Euro 50.

    Application deadline: June 24

    Training overview: http://trainings.salto-youth.net/7378

    This Training Course is for 25 participants from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU  and recommended for Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders

    Working language(s): English

    Organizer: European confederation of Youth Clubs (NGO/Others)

    ECYC represents a European network of youth work and youth club organisations that practice and promote open youth work and non-formal education. The organisation has at its heart the supporting of youth clubs and other forms of neighbourhood youth work.
    Involving young people and helping them participate actively in their community is the leading principle of Open Youth Work as delivered by ECYC members. ECYC uses open youth work and non-formal education methods in providing young people with the skills and knowledge to make their own informed decisions.
    At ECYC, we believe that young people have the right to pick and choose for themselves. Therefore young people need to be supported and empowered to develop their own values and attitudes.

    Co-organizer(s): Romanian Youth Nongovernmental Forum (NGO/Others) Read more

    Youth for Peace – 100 Ideas for Peace

    BELGRADE/BERLIN – Are you interested in Europe, history and peace? Do you want to learn more about World War I and its consequences? Do you want to know how other societies experienced the war and how you can personally contribute to a peaceful future in and around Europe? Do you have ideas for peace in and around Europe that you want to carry forward?

    As the partner of the “Youth for Peace – 100 Years After World War I, 100 Ideas For Peace”, RYCO invites 50 young people from the Western Balkans to meet young people from Germany, France and the European Union, as well as from the EU accession candidates and the European Union’s Southern and Eastern neighbors and discuss topics like war and peace together as part of an international, intercultural meeting, from 14 to 18 November 2018 in Berlin. For the selected participants from the Western Balkans, there will be a preparatory meeting organized in Belgrade from 12 to 14 October 2018, as well.

    Requirements:

  • Strong motivation and interest in the topic of the First World War and the conclusions that can be formed for the present-day coexistence of people in and around Europe
  • A readiness to discuss different cultural and historical viewpoints in Europe and its neighborhood
  • Interest and participation in civic engagement
  • Must reside in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia)
  • English language skills are required
  • German or French language skills are a plus, but not required
  • Age: 18-22 years.
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    TOOL FAIR XIII – #PowerUp!

    Seminar / Conference
    12-16 November 2018 | Split, Croatia

    Tool Fair XIII #PowerUp! shall provide a stimulating environment for varied approaches & practices for those working to support Youth Empowerment with a focus on Human Rights, Active Participation, Intercultural Dialogue, Social Inclusion & Mental Health.

    The 13th edition of the International Tool Fair will take place from the 12th (arrival) to the 16th (departure) of November in Split, Croatia.

    The focus of this year’s edition aims to develop – also through innovative approaches, pedagogies and practices – the quality and variety of tools for learning that will empower young people to create inclusive diverse communities they live in.

    Participating in the Tool Fair XIII is an opportunity for participants to shape educational and experiential pathways, to run a workshop and to share tools for learning (http://educationaltoolsportal.eu/en/tools-learning-non-formal-education) with colleagues in an international context, as well as to participate in workshops conducted by their peers. Beyond merely experiencing a wide variety of tools for learning, the Tool Fair aims to provide a space to reflect on tools, give and receive feedback, pave the way for their transferability and further development.

    This way, the Tool Fair XIII aims to enhance capacity building skills of the participants and to contribute not only to the learning outcomes of each individual participant but also on the quality of tools for learning and learning process at European level, complementing the two educational tools websites managed by the SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed & Good Practices Resource Centre: the Multilingual Educational Tools Portal (http://educationaltoolsportal.eu/) and the SALTO-YOUTH Toolbox for Training and Youth Work (http://www.salto-youth.net/tools/toolbox), in coherence with the European Training Strategy.

    Overall aim of the 13th edition of the International Tool Fair:
    To promote quality in youth work and support capacity building of those working for youth empowerment

    Objectives
    – To enhance participants’ critical thinking in order to be able to respond to challenges of the evolving context, in line with European Commission youth priorities (intercultural dialogue, participation in social and political life, social inclusion, entrepreneurship and employability, etc.)
    – To develop – also through innovative approaches, pedagogies and practices – the quality and variety of tools for learning aiming at inclusive and diverse community of young people
    – To contribute to the educational and experiential pathway of each participant, particularly in relation to the competences of creating and using tools for youth empowerment
    – To contribute to the overall European Training Strategy in the framework of “European Union’s Strategy for youth: investing and empowering” through SALTO Tools for Learning

    Theme
    The theme for the International Tool Fair XIII is YOUTH EMPOWERMENT (competences, approaches, pedagogies and practices) with special focus on the following topics:
    • Human rights
    • Active participation
    • Intercultural dialogue
    • Social inclusion
    • Mental Health

    The International Tool Fair will introduce a range of different approaches with special reference to:
    • Expressive arts
    • Digital learning
    • Sport

    Expected profile of participants:
    The working language of the event will be English therefore the participants should be comfortable working in English.

    Applications are open for participants who have an interest in the development of competences, approaches, pedagogies and practices fostering youth empowerment and who are willing to share and present a tool for learning which is related to youth empowerment, especially regarding Human Rights, Active participation, Intercultural dialogue, Social inclusion and Mental Health.

    People from different sectors such as public and private are invited to apply so that discussions can be held about the transferability of tools into different sectors.

    Tool Fair XIII is particularly directed at:
    • Youth workers
    • Trainers, facilitators, coaches
    • Youth policy makers
    • People working directly with youth
    • Youth leaders, leaders of youth groups or representatives of youth organisations (local, regional, national, European, international…)
    • Youth project managers
    • Formal Education practitioners
    • Adult Education practitioners
    • Vocational Education and Training practitioners
    • Business sector representatives working with youth
    • NA representatives (Youth, School, Higher Education, Adult Education, VET)

    Criteria
    • Able to communicate in English
    • Devoted to participate in the full process of the activity
    • Have visions and plans how to use what they learned in their work
    • Have the potential to develop their competencies in relation to the objectives of the activity

    Supported actions:
    • KA1 – Youth Exchanges
    • KA1 – European Voluntary Service
    • KA1 – Mobility of Youth Workers
    • KA2 – Strategic Partnerships
    • KA2 – Cross-sectoral Projects
    • KA2 – Transnational Youth Initiatives
    • KA3 – Structured Dialogue Projects

    Supported priorities:
    • Youth empowerment
    • Human Rights
    • Active Participation
    • Intercultural Dialogue
    • Social Inclusion
    • Employability
    • Recognition of non-formal learning and youth work
    • Development of youth work quality

    Application deadline: July 22

    Training overview: http://trainings.salto-youth.net/7361

    This Seminar / Conference is for 100 participants from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU  and recommended for Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Project managers, Youth Policy Makers, ESC (ex-EVS) Mentors/tutors Read more

    Call for participants:Muslim minorities

    CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

    Muslim minorities and the refugee crisis in Europe workshop
    30th August – 3rd September 2018, Warsaw (Poland)

    The Middle East and Central Asia Unit of the Department of Political Studies at the Collegium of Socio-Economics of SGH Warsaw School of Economics is organising an intensive interdisciplinary workshop for young researchers, NGO and youth workers, as well as for professionals on the refugee crisis and attitudes towards Muslims in the EU, with a special focus on wider Central and Eastern Europe. The aim of the workshop is to provide knowledge, practical tools and skills which will enable the participants to understand the character of the refugee crisis and attitudes towards the Muslims.

    The workshop is a part of the Jean Monnet Project ref: EU | Muslim minorities and the refugee crisis in Europe co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

    Content

    The workshop will cover the following issues:

  • Islam and Muslims in Europe (with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe),
  • 2014+ refugee crisis in Europe: causes, consequences, coping strategies and policy responses,
  • Islamophobia and fear of ethnic or religious Others: reasons for, manifestations, and ways to counteract it,
  • Public speaking, the art of discussion and rhetoric to enable effective public usage of the knowledge and skills gained in 1–3.
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