Teaching peace, communication skills, and problem solving strategies to young people in local, national, and international communities by giving them the opportunity to play the famous and successful World Peace Game in times where serious conflicts threaten Europe and peace in the world.
Europe has great schools for wealthy families, but they are only a few for a few and they teach traditional curriculum contents. To say it with Albert Einstein: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” The challenges the next generations are facing will provoke more conflicts which traditional curricula can not prepare for. And every one, irrespective of socioeconomic status is needed. Therefore a broad approach interconnecting youths and the WPG confronting young people with realistic cosmopolitical circumstances is needed.
The first goal is a first meeting of young people from different European countries interested in playing and making own experiences with the WPG in a summer training camp (2015). Then participants motivated to start new groups and share their experiences in their local school or after school programs are supported and coached by a group of teachers. After their first experiences as WPG instructors the international group of young people will meet again in a reunion camp before Christmas 2015. Workshops to refine skill and activities to create a strong community feeling will take place. After this meeting the instructors are encouraged to visit each other and motivate more young people to become WPG coaches. The long term aim is continuous growth of an international WPG coach community.
In a first step the material for the WPG will be bought and a team of international instructors will meet to create the instruction sheets for the WPG in at least five different languages. Then these instructions are discussed with John Hunter for his advice. The material will be put online on an internet platform which can be created as soon as the material is prepared. Further a location for the summer camp will be sought. Then as soon as funding for the summer camp is in place, the camp will be put out to tenders.
We hope to find as many teachers as possible to work with us and spread the idea the WPG to as many schools as possible. Also we are curious to hear from any one who has already played the WPG. Are there aspects which need to be replaced, added, or adjusted?