Missing Peace: Youth, Peace and Reconciliation


OVERVIEW


The Missing Peace: Youth, Peace & Reconciliation Project is an EU-funded Erasmus+ project, managed by Léargas. Facilitated by a consortium of partners across 6 countries, including the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland, this 2.5 year project got underway in March 2023.


AIM


The goal of this project is to build the capacity of youth workers and youth organisations to engage young people, including a particular focus on young women, in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes.

 

Context


In the lead up to and during 2022, through its work with members of the Glencree All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network and as an active member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the Glencree Women’s Leadership Programme (WLP) identified a lack of youth participation in peacebuilding. This was particularly acute among young women, raising a further concern in terms succession planning to ensure women’s voices are adequately represented in peacebuilding processes into the future.

This led to the successful application and launch by the WLP of a 12-month EU-funded European Solidarity Corps ‘Missing Peace’ project aimed at building leadership skills, developing an understanding of Women Peace & Security issues, teambuilding and shared learning of young women. This project took a co-design approach in which the young women led the design and pace , facilitated and supported by Glencree. Five young women participated in this initial project and significantly increased youth participation in the Glencree Network throughout 2022. As this one-year project drew to a close, further learnings and network development subsequently led to Glencree’s application to the EU to support a collaborative partnership among European partner organisations to explore good practices to promote young people's meaningful participation in peace processes. In 2023, Glencree, together with a consortium of partners, began work on the Erasmus+ ‘The Missing Peace: Youth, Peace and Reconciliation’ Project.

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Project Summary


The Missing Peace project brings together a consortium of partners from across 6 countries: the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Ireland; CGE Erfurt E.V., Germany; CitizenAct, Cyprus; Varėnos Kultūros Centras, Lithuania; EKE Bitola, Macedonia and TE IS Foundation, Hungary.

Using a co-design process, project partners draw on their collective knowledge, skills and experience to consider and explore how non-formal education and youth work can be incorporated into peacebuilding across Europe.

This exploration will lay the groundwork for the development of pedagogical interventions, a training programme for young people and youth workers, and a practical toolkit that will be made available to support communities in engaging young people in peacebuilding across Europe.

 

Project Activities

Kick-Off Meeting and Study Visit - Glencree, March 2023

A project Launch Meeting and Study Visit to Glencree was fundamental in building relationships and strong collaboration between the partners. Over the course of 5 days, a series of facilitated dialogues, workshops, presentations, stakeholder site visits and networking events were held with the purpose of:

  • Engaging project partners with one another and external stakeholders
  • Understanding the context in which each partner works within their communities
  • Learning together and further enhancing knowledge about peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts taking place across the island of Ireland
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of youth workers and young people across the consortium
  • Reflecting upon non-formal education methods which are currently being used across Europe.

Youth Exchange - Lithuania, May 2023

From 22-29 May 2023, the consortium came together in Lithuania for a Youth Exchange with the objective of exploring how to promote youth-led peacebuilding and community development through youth work.

Over the course of the Exchange, 25 young people including 3 members of the Glencree All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network, supported by 2 facilitators, went on a journey to consider what is meant by conflict and how we fit into the picture of peacebuilding and peacekeeping. Methodologies ranged from cultural exchanges to creative arts incorporating movement, storytelling, music and lego! A ‘Human Library’ gave participants a chance to share their work in the host community and to learn from the youth education and peacebuilding work being done there.

Training Course - Germany, 18-23 July 2023

Over 30 participants, including youth workers, peacebuilders, non-formal educators and 5 members of Glencree’s All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network, came together for a 6-day training course in Weimar Germany in July 2023. Led by the consortium partners, the focus of this training course was to connect, share learning and explore different approaches to promote youth engagement in peacebuilding. Activities ranged from peer-to-peer, experiential and academic inputs to a series of pilot workshops as part of the development of a project 'toolkit' for youth workers and organisations.

Mentorship Programme

Consortium partners CGE Erfurt e.V. (Germany) and Citizens Act (Cyrpus) hosted online webinars in December 2023 and January 2024 respectively to continue the process of developing the project toolkit. The design and development of the toolkit both draws on the experiences of youth workers while also helping to build their capacity, including the development of a training module, which they can adapt locally during the implementation stage of the project.

This was followed by a Glencree-hosted webinar in February 2024, which looked further at how the consortium can support participants with local implementation of their learnings. This webinar featured a segment with members of Glencree’s All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network who took part in earlier activities of the project including youth exchanges, training courses and partner meetings. Through their participation, the women formed meaningful connections across generations through sharing of their lived experiences with others. From their involvement, a group of 5 young women, supported by other women in the Network, went on to develop and successfully secure funding for their own European Solidarity Corps project - Transgenerational Storytelling. Some of the women involved shared their experience of this project development and grant writing process as part of the webinar.

Study Visit - North Macedonia

In May 2024, the consortium partners came together for a study visit in North Macedonia which included a research review of best practice for youth engagement & participation in peacebuilding. The partners also worked on developing the youth mentorship component of the project. A report on this visit will follow soon.

Webinar - Community Practices of Inclusion, Fighting Discrimination, and Conflict Transformation

On Thursday 27 June 2024, our Hungarian project partners TEIS will host a webinar on "Community Practices of Inclusion, Fighting Discrimination, and Conflict Transformation". Guest speaker at this event is Natalia Chardymova - a member of the Council of Europe Trainers Pool and former Education Advisor responsible for developing and coordinating the Council of Europe's education programmes on human rights, no hate speech and peace education.

Interested in joining? email amina.moustafa@glencree.ie for the link.

The Missing Peace Educational Pack Development - Online via Zoom, Wed 3rd July 6 - 8pm (8 - 10pm CET)

Consortium partners will reconnect with youth and community sector workers, young peacebuilders and various practitioners who have engaged throughout the project lifecycle to review and continue the development of modules which will form part of the project Educational Pack. This meeting will be held on Zoom on 3rd July from 6pm-8pm Irish time (8pm-10pm CET).

If you are involved in this field and would like to contribute, email amina.moustafa@glencree.ie for more information.


The Missing Peace - Glencree Project Team

Amina Moustafa

Project Manager

amina.moustafa@glencree.ie


Amina joined as Programme Manager of the Women’s Leadership Programme in July 2021. She holds a BA in Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin and is currently completing a PhD at Nottingham Trent University exploring the contentiousness of Muslim women's involvement in sport considering themes such as identity, belonging and anti-Muslim racism within the Irish context. Using sport as a non-formal learning tool to tackle numerous social issues such as racism, discrimination and gender inequality, she has worked with various organisations on a local, national and international level such as Swim Ireland, the GAA and FIFA Foundation to emphasis the need for cultural and religious considerations in the design of community development programmes. She is a Board Member of Sport Against Racism Ireland and has previously been the Project Coordinator of their Hijabs and Hat-Tricks programme encouraging Muslim women to play football after the lifting of FIFA's hijab ban in 2014. In 2018, Amina was selected as one of 10 Michael Johnson Young Leaders from around the world for her contribution to community development and in 2019, she acted as an Ambassador Coach for Ireland encouraging female leadership, gender equality and the sustainable development goals through the medium of sport and brought the Irish women's team to the Final in the Global Goals World Cup in Copenhagen. Amina has also acted as the Project Lead for a variety of EU-funded programmes that engaged young people, youth workers and trainers from various backgrounds across Europe in Youth Mobility, Leadership Development, Education and Training, and Capacity Building. #glencree4peace #missingpeace

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