P.E.A.C.E. – Peace, eActivism & Campaigning Education Programme 2018 for Young Europeans (Fully-funded)
Deadline: June 8, 2018
The call for participants is open for a study session “P.E.A.C.E. – Peace, eActivism & Campaigning Education” to be held in cooperation with the European Youth Centre Budapest. The project (a component part of the Peace Work Institute scheme) will take place from the 16th to 22nd of September 2018, involving 35 young people from all over Europe.
This project aims to train youth workers and leaders (from different countries and backgrounds) that work with young people, how to encourage their respective beneficiaries to interact more by creating and sharing digital stories, creating online campaigns or learning about e-Activism. The study session will focus on improving the visual and verbal communication skills of youth workers & leaders. The competences they will develop during this session will help them to better engage with different audiences and hold the attention in order to promote peace and understanding as widely as possible.
The study session is designed as a one-week-long event, including 5 full working and 2 travelling days. The daily programme of the training session is composed of the following learning and group dynamic blocks:
- Message of the Day: Each morning the day will start with a 15-20 minute message led by facilitators or participants. There are two reasons: firstly to set the tone of the day and give the group something to think about; secondly to share an issue or concern of a global scale or personal challenge and/or opinion. It is also designed as a tool for the group to bond.
- Morning Sessions: with emphasis predominantly on hard modules, such as plenary inputs and lectures. The idea being that it will offer a space for theory, experience, debate and showcasing tools and methods.
- Afternoon Warm-up: time for participants to offer energizers and team-building activities.
- Afternoon Sessions: with emphasis predominantly on soft modules, such as interactive work, simulation activities, group work on campaigns, media awareness. They will also offer a choice of different workshops for the participants led by different members of the facilitation team; this will in turn allow space to go deeper into certain topics and tools within a small focused group.
- Home-Group Methodology: There will be 4-5 groups, mixed prior to the conference and with specific tasks during the conference; they will also provide support and feedback for the participants – each day a representative from each group will feedback to facilitators ensuring concerns expressed within the group are dealt with and quality of performance is maintained.
- Evening Programme: with focus on activities for building positive group dynamics, such as intercultural evening, movie night, quiz sessions and various challenge activities. This also allows the participants to have social time and to relax after a heavy day of learning.
This study session is designed as an experiential learning scheme. The knowledge, skills and attitudes gained by the participants at the training sessions will be put into practice through homework tasks and follow-up actions / campaigns at grassroots level.
Place: European Youth Centre Budapest
Date: Arrival on the 16th of September / Departure on the 22nd of September 2018
Places available: 30
All costs related with travel, visa, accommodation and materials are covered. The study session has an enrolment fee set at EUR. 50. The fee is deducted from the refund of travel expenses.
The participants are all expected to be pragmatic actors for peace, with significant number of them coming from conflict-affected areas (Caucasus, Balkans, etc). Apart from general requirement like age, language skills, etc., they should show evidence-based motivation and commitment to conflict transformation work, online campaigning and activism during and beyond the study session.
Profile of Participants:
- Representatives of a youth organisations & informal groups;
- Representatives of formal education & administrative bodies working with youth;
- Freelancers supporting youth work on a regular basis;
- People ready to fully dedicate their time and be part of an intensive learning process;
- Able to work in English;
- Citizen or resident of an European country;
- 18 – 30 years old.
Preference in selection will be given to applicants dealing or planning to deal with communication/digital/social media matters and/or have some experience with the project’s topic.