For the last year and a half, EPTO has been developing a partnership with the PeaceJam Foundation to expand a PeaceJam award-winning peace education programme in Europe. The Peacejam Foundatæion mobilises Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to lead life-changing inspiration & peer mentoring events linking them to young people from many different backgrounds. The programme engenders mutual respect, intercultural dialogue and inclusion for all. To meet Europe’s challenges of extremism, division, radicalisation & exclusion, we need to change the context for young people, teachers, schools and the communities they co-create.
After attending a 6-day awareness training addressing religious diversity and the fight against discrimination and extremism last May in Arad (Romania), the “Peers for peace” participants from Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Macedonia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia ad Spain delivered local workshops in their home countries to continue their certification as EPTO peer trainers.
Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), one of four of PeaceJam’s participating universities, hosted the second annual Peacejam Belgium Youth Conference from 17- 19 November 2017. The Conference brought the participation of Shirin Ebadi, one of the 14 nobel peace prize laureates on PeaceJam’s Board and the first Muslim woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Shirin Ebadi received the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize in response to her efforts implementing democracy, peace and women’s rights in the Middle East.