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BACKGROUND

Recent years have been defined by an increased recognition of the positive role of young people as agents for change, especially in the contexts of conflict and violence. Over the last two decades, mainstream approaches to youth and conflict have been focused on “youth bulge” theories and the image of young people in conflict scenarios were distorted by the fact that they were commonly perceived as either possible perpetrators or victims of violence.

But the realities of young people in fragile contexts are much more complex and most of the approaches to youth in conflicts overlook the positive role young people can play in sustaining peace since the majority of them do not participate in violent conflicts. There is limited collected research on the role of these young people who despite challenges and hardships they face in conflict contexts continue to survive.

Moreover, recent evidence suggests that young people can and do play active roles as drivers for change in the development of their societies. This may be because they demonstrate openness to change, feedback and learning; tend to be more future-oriented; more idealistic and innovative.

In this context it is necessary to stress that threats to peace and violence can manifest themselves in different ways in different contexts, can be perpetrated by different actors and can include not only traditional war setting scenarios but different shapes.

The role of youth is essential in sustaining peace as well as preventing and resolving conflicts.

The background of the project is characterized by the recent trends that have been changing attitudes towards the youth participation in peacebuilding on the international level and have been creating a new context which focuses on the importance of youth full inclusion into peacebuilding processes.

It’s necessary to support and invest in youth development, give young people space to express their needs and opinions on issues for conflict prevention and resolution that matter for their realities.

It is essential to invest in the capacity and leadership of young peacebuilders, address “the violence of exclusion”, systemic barriers excluding young people from decision making processes, partner with youth led organizations and recognize them as essential drivers for peace. These new dynamics and policy proposals on the international level opened a way to the necessity of elaborating new sets of policies and approaches in the field of youth and implementing them.

OBJECTIVES

The project aimed to empower young people to become active defenders of peace in their local realities and contribute to more peaceful and inclusive societies by providing them with necessary skills and tools through non-formal education practices. The topics of peace, security, non-violence and human rights were at the center of the educational approach and methodology used and served as a common thread running through all activities of the project.

The project supported young people as catalysts for peace and security through a three-lens approach to youth participation: working for youth as beneficiaries, engaging with youth as partners, supporting youth as leaders. Through the series of activities, the project contributed to the development of the youth work in all participating countries creating opportunities for networking and collaboration among young activists and youth organizations.

Taking into account call’s priorities on digital transformation and participation in democratic life, the project aimed to support youth led advocacy campaigns, “digital activism” and “digital citizenship”, hence helping young voices to reach a broader audience and increasing the impact of these campaigns in the community. The project focused on issues of peace in an online dimension, including the prevention of hate speech, violence and extremism and provided necessary knowledge and skills for peaceful dialogue in digital space.

The project strengthened cooperation on peace and security among youth activists in participating countries by providing a platform for constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas and opinions. The priority of the project has been to give young people skills and space to express their vision of peace and security in their communities, their views on current affairs as well as their suggestions for resolving community issues.

OUTCOMES

The project had an impact in terms of capacity and skills developed for young people who participated directly or indirectly in different activities of the project. The target groups for all activities of the project was the young people with fewer opportunities, those beyond capital elites and easily accessible youth, young people whose voice in matters of peace and security is usually not heard. Target groups included youth living in hard-to-reach locations, internally displaced, refugees and young people directly affected by violent conflicts.

The project created an immediate and long-run change for these youngsters thanks to essential tools and skills on youth work, non-violence and peacebuilding and have been empowered to be drivers for positive and active change in their societies in the future. The project had an impact in raising young peacebuilders and human rights activists by passing the knowledge from youth to youth and engaging in community peer education. The project ensured young community people’s participation in peaceful dialogue to promote diversity, prevent violence and enhance social cohesion. The change that we want to bring was to give opportunity to young people who would not ordinarily have a say in policy processes related to peace and security to become protagonists for peace in their realities.

WHO can use this toolkit and WHY?

All persons in charge of youth education, youth engagement and youth empowerment can use this toolkit. Also in particular could be used by young people that want to start local activities, guide/lead a group of youth people bring some changes in their community and promote Human Rights Education (HRE).

HOW can the toolkit be used?

After a general presentation of the project, the toolkit will provide information about non-formal education methodologies, kingian nonviolence methodology and how to apply them and the impact/action that can create when it comes to HRE. There are some practical examples to be used, tips to start and plan an educational activity, and then all the already existing resources to create your own program/activities.

ABOUT this interactive toolkit

This is an interactive toolkit. It means that the youth participants were actively involved in creating videos in which they talk about the challenges faced during the activities. They also give tips to prevent issues or to facilitate management and organization work for potential similar activities. 

You can find the link to the videos in the section “Tips and Challenges”