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The Youth for Peace initiative was conceived with the intent to engage young people in developing concepts of peace on three levels: ideological, practical and analytical on ‘Peace and I'

Ideological — An initiative to build a notion of peace surmounting the clichés and bringing in broader outlooks.

Practical — Focus on the ‘local' to observe the immediate world around and ask questions on what is violence and what is peace. Then develop personal ways of creating a peaceful centre within the individual and the community.

Analytical — Shifting focus between the local and global.

Apart from the research that takes place before the event and the event itself, Youth for Peace will document all the processes and incorporate a post-event analysis of all the important data that is collected.

Constructing peace

Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is there that we must construct the defences of peace, says the UNESCO charter.

Violence is one of the languages of social and political interaction in our times. We learn this language from our environment — from people around us, from the media and from the structures in which our lives are embedded. One of the foundations of peace resides in being aware of similarities and differences.

In today's controversy and information-rich society, developing one's own beliefs and values, evaluating a constantly growing body of new knowledge, and having an understanding of current politics is becoming an increasingly complex and demanding challenge.

Where does peace learning take place? Who is doing it? How are movements towards peace gaining momentum and affecting change? And what role can we play in the process?

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