The Rotary Club of Guernsey is offering ten scholarship places to young people in Guernsey, aged 18-35, on the online ‘Peace education and action for impact’ programme.
The Guernsey contingent will ‘virtually’ meet and learn with participants from other countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Iraq, and The Philippines.
Peace Education and Action for Impact is an innovative peacebuilding programme with action at its core and provides a youth-led, intergenerational and cross-cultural learning experience. Its goal is to contribute to personal and social change through world class peace education, mentoring and direct action projects.
The projects can be local or international in scope and participants will choose if they are done individually, in small groups or with the full Guernsey contingent. They may be directly related to peace – such as conflict in the workplace, cyber-bullying or domestic abuse, or in other areas of social change and peace education – such as the environment, art or music. The young people themselves decide what is relevant to them from their prior knowledge and understanding, their own interests and their new learning from the course.
The programme is a joint initiative between World Beyond War and the Rotary Action Group for Peace. It offers participants opportunities to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World World War experts, peer activists and other changemakers from around the world. This certificated course offers self development, new learning and leadership skills and helps equip participants with a number of tools to deal with conflict in all settings for the rest of their lives.
The programme will run from 6th February to 11th June 2023 with a suggested minimum time commitment of just 3 hours per week to fit in with their own schedules.
No previous experience or qualifications are needed. We are looking for a diverse group of applicants with a positive attitude and an interest in making a difference for themselves and others.
The launch programme in 2021 had participant groups from 12 countries – Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela. The range of action projects was vast and included:-
- Colombia: Implemented ten projects with youth throughout Colombia promoting a vision of Colombia as a multicultural society in a territory of peace. Projects included film screenings, art workshops, urban gardening, and recording a podcast.
- Kenya: Facilitated three workshops for over one hundred children, youth and community members to develop their peacebuilding competencies through a combination of education, arts, play, and cultural activities.
- USA: Created a collaborative music Album – The Peace chords – aimed at imparting some of the key strategies toward effecting a more peaceful planet, from exploring the systems at play to how one finds peace with him/herself and others.
To find out more about the 2023 programme and how to apply please contact Jannine Birtwistle on 07781 450725 or email.