Peace in Practice

January 2020 - March 2021

The idea

‘Peace’ is a big concept. It has many layers and levels of understanding. Throughout this year and beyond, SCI hopes to broaden young people’s understanding of and engagement with peace, as something more than just ‘absence of war’. We want to show that peace is something which can be lived on a day-to-day basis.

As a peace organisation in its 100th year of work, SCI wants to take the opportunity to renew its energies in peace activism and peace education. Particularly, through this project we want to offer opportunities for young people to help to contribute to a more peaceful world. Through becoming Peace Envoys, we hope that young people and partner organisations will be (re-)energised to spread messages of peace in their communities!

The activities

This project will be made up of several events and the creation of an online course about Peace Education in Practice.

Kick-off Meeting

Antwerp (Belgium), February 2020

The team met in Antwerp, defined their roles and timelines for the project and for the creation of the online course. They discussed needs, goals, functionalities and content in order to start constructing a course which would be appealing, useful and user-friendly. Team members left with lots of motivation and a clear plan of action for going forward!

Peace in Practice online training course

30 October – 11 November 2020

This online training course involved youth leaders, activists, and volunteers from across Europe. They were invited to reflect deeply on the concept of peace on multiple levels:

  • Intrapersonal (peace with oneself)
  • Interpersonal (peace with others)
  • Peace with nature

Participants have gained tools, skills, and knowledge to put Peace into Practice and have an opportunity to receive a micro-grant to organise a follow-up local action for peace, to take place before 31 March 2021.

 Peace in Practice laboratory

Online, July and September 2020

The first laboratory took place online and was a space to continue working on the online course. The team progressed its work on the content and worked on the technical aspects of the course.
The laboratory has been followed by the pilot testing phase!

Testing the online course

Ongoing till December 2020

Are you interested in exploring peace from different angles and knowing more about how to act for peace? We invite you to join us in testing our online course and share your feedback, so we can empower as many people as possible. This will require between 3 and 10 hours. Express your interest here.

Coaching Peace Education in Practice

Online, 1 – 6 December 2020

This online training provided young people opportunity to learn more about peace and practice their coaching skills, to be able to pass onto wider audiences the principles and values of peace.

The online course went through its important tests, and participants offered valuable feedback to ensure that it is functional for its target audience.

Launching of the online course!

The end result of the project will be the launch of the online course, open to all!

Stay tune! We will reveal more information at the beginning of 2021.

This project is financially supported by Movetia. Movetia promotes exchange, mobility and cooperation within the fields of education, training and youth work – in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide.