PeaceROOT works with young changemakers to promote the idea of peace and conflict resolution in Europe. Through interaction with locals in cross-boundary areas, youth are empowered to become ambassadors of peace, while they contribute with their ideas for intercultural dialogue and common action in those areas. We aim to enable the creation of a network of engaged citizens and develop a replicable model for peace in divided communities.
> GR, AL, FYROM border region (Prespa)
> UA, MD, RO border region
> Nicosia, Cyprus
PeaceROOT cultivates essential democratic values, such as dialogue & respect by
_encouraging youth to deal with division in everyday life as active citizens
_using participatory methods to allow young people to innovate in divided areas
_promoting synergies & co-creation beyond boundaries
We seek to bring change at a personal, local & EU level
_empower a network of young peacemakers in their environments
_foster dialogue for change & sustainability in cross-border areas & divided communities
_raise awareness about the need for intercultural education & collaboration across Europe
PeaceROOT develops in 3 phases
>ACADEMY_Joint training on peace education & conflict transformation using non-formal learning
>STUDY VISITS_3 groups of 10 youths visit one study area each, exploring its history & respective communities & co-developing ideas, artefacts and proposals on peace sustainability with locals
>NETWORK meeting_Exchange, evaluation & development of future action plans
Online platform_Dissemination of the process & proposals developed by the local communities & groups
Existing or imaginary borders is an everyday issue, in our personal and social lives. Dealing with physical borders, we planted the seeds of a youth network across Prespa region and we want to further explore the changemaking potential of young people across other European & neighbouring regions.
We target youth in EU & beyond: future professionals & active citizens who wish to be changemakers for peace within their communities. Key stakeholders are local authorities, businesses, NGO members & universities in the study areas, also active Europeans who think & act beyond boundaries.
How do you deal with border issues within your environments / communities / work and create inclusive and sustainable networks? We are very welcome for your feedback on our idea!