From Dreams To Actions:
together for a peaceful future
April - December 2021
From dreams to actions” is a project that contributes to bringing peace from the abstract level to everyday life. It focused on promoting the values of peace and non-violence by using non-formal education and by creating a safe and motivating environment. The project aimed to encourage active participation and civic engagement by empowering volunteers and supporting them in being active citizens.
“From Dreams to Actions: together for a peaceful future” consists of three elements: SCI Peace Cards, an online training course and follow-up actions.
The 13 organisations involved are located in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Kosovo, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal and Belgium.
The SCI Peace Cards are a tool to spark a discussion on peace, non-violence, and activism. Each set consists of 60 cards with quotes around the topic of peace, packed in a cotton bag.
15 September – 3 October 2021
The training course was held online with the participation of volunteers and youth workers. It focused on:
- expanding the knowledge on peace;
- parallel sessions related to different ways of working for peace;
- online actions during the International Day of Peace;
- preparation for the follow-up actions.
From October 2021
To share their knowledge as peace ambassadors, participants will organise local actions to spread the idea of “peace in practice”. For the events, organisations can apply for microgrants of around € 200.
Who is part of the team?
Inspired by and passionate about non-formal learning, Natalie supports the learning processes and personal development of youngsters and adults. She is continuously learning how to bring and practice peace at all levels. She has been involved in SCI since 2002 and has co-developed the “Peace Education in Practice” online learning course.
Gośka is a sociologist and educator, a certified member of the Polish Association of NGO Trainers, and a life-long peace activist. Her focus is on Nonviolent Communication, daily peace, and peace education. Between 2015 and 2020, she was the International President of SCI.
Hasna is part of the coordinating team and is supporting the project on a daily basis. She is the contact person for the follow-up actions.
Thomas believes that peace activism is interesting and effective when it’s political. He led different sessions on campaign strategy and how to plan a street action.
Genti shared his experience with many street actions he took part in and supported the team with the online action on the International day of peace.
With support of:
Claudia led a practical workshop on online awareness. The workshop focused on how to communicate a message on social media in a way that it reaches the
intended audience and gets more engagement.
Chantal led a session in advocacy and political change. She focused on promoting active participation and citizenship, civic engagement and a sense of ownership
and responsibility for societal processes.
Alena supported the team with project administration, communication with the donors and ensured the production of the Street action kit.
From Dreams to Actions is supported by the Erasmus + programme and the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation.
Impression of the participants
“Great educators, well-taught content of the training, positive atmosphere and a lot of space to share your own opinion and discuss it with other participants. I highly recommend this training! If you wish to make a change in your community dare to dream big and start turning your dreams into reality. FDTA training is a great starting point!”
“Well organized and taught out training. Trainers are patient, knowledgeable and always ready to help. If you want to learn new things, gain some experience in an international environment, make new friends and learn how to make the change in your community – FDTA is a way to go!”
“The training was organized ideally, and the online tools used during it were chosen perfectly, the topics were interesting and motivating, the trainers were also good, especially Natalie and Goska, who are highly qualified specialists with a positive image- like real peacemakers. My expectations were all met during this training course. “
“This was an amazing training led by some amazing people. Thanks a lot to everyone for making me believe that I can make a change & that I’m not alone in this Dream.“