Building Peace in Europe
The Role of Civil Society and Young People
Study Session in Budapest, Hungary
by Human Rights Education Youth Network
Youth for Peace and Equality participated in a study session organised by the Human Rights Education Youth Network and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe on March 13-20, 2016.
This study session raised attention to the recent conflicts in Eastern Europe and addressed the growing interest in further developing competencies in dealing with human rights issues in conflict areas. Moreover, the network has explored new tools for understanding and addressing hate speech in Europe, as an outcome of the No Hate Speech Movement promoted by the Council of Europe (CoE).
The idea of this study session dates back to previous activities and meetings of the network where trainers, educators, youth workers and human rights activists across Europe shared the common need of developing their competencies in dealing with human rights issues in conflict areas. The program included a combination of methods based on the principles of non-formal education exploring the main concepts of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and non-violence, analytical tools for conflicts, focusing on conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, exchange of practices and peacebuilding initiatives of civil society, developing new partnerships and projects for peacebuilding through human rights education with young people.