Call for Applications for PeaceTalks Training Course in Baku, Azerbaijan


Deadline:  23 February 2019
Open to: young activists and community leaders between the ages of 18 and 28 years old
Venue: March –  October 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan

Description

The Project Team brings together young professional trainers of non-formal education and experienced peace-builders. Having 6 to 20 years of experience of work with young people on conflict transformation and peace-building, the Project Team seeks to share the best practices of non-formal education as well as peer learning in order to develop dialogue and debate skills of a new generation of leaders, thus contributing to the formation of a young community committed to the idea of peace.

For this purpose, 16 young people will be selected for participation at a series of trainings and debates for a period of 6 months. The participants are expected to further contribute to the project either in a form of personal community project or a small research on the social and economic benefits of peace in the South Caucasus region. During the project the participants will follow an experiential learning process and acquire competences in the fields of intercultural learning, dialogue and conflict transformation with a focus on critical thinking.

The project is funded by “Peacebuilding through Capacity Enhancement and Civic Engagement” Initiative by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). PeaceTalks is done in the partnership with the EPNK Youth Council and Azerbaijan National Committee of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly.

Aim

The main aim of the project is to contribute to the of ideas of peace versus hate in the conflict-affected society by developing critical thinking and argumentation skills of young enthusiastic leaders active in their communities.

Objectives

  1. To explore and develop together the concept and practical meaning of Conflict, Peace, Dialogue and Debate.
  2. To develop awareness and competences of participants in combating hate speech, intolerance and stereotypes; in peace-building, dialogue and argumentation for peace.
  3. To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in peace building activities with young people from their organizations and communities encouraging them to implement follow-up projects.
  4. To involve together in deeper argumentation and research of the benefits of Peace in South Caucasus.

Methodology

The programme of the PeaceTalks will give young people the opportunity to share ideas, explore, and reflect upon the existing situation in the region and in the world, online and offline, in conflict-affected communities and the ongoing public debates. The programme will be based on mutual learning situations among participants, making use of a variety of working methods. The participants will be able to share personal experiences with conflict and violence and share the coping strategies they developed. The programme will also allow time for participants to explore the relation between identity and the conflict in their region for young people.

Contributions from experts on intercultural learning, conflict transformation and education will establish a theoretical framework and common reference points for the participants when reflecting on their experiences and youth work.

Cost

Please note that the training course and debates will be held in Baku. Organizer will not cover any travel or accommodation costs for participants traveling from outside the city or abroad.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate at PeaceTalks, the candidates must:

  • Be 18-28 years old[i];
  • Minimal accepted education level: finished school or is currently in the last year of school. Candidates enrolled in/graduated from a higher education institution will be given preference;
  • Be available and fully committed to take part in 8 debates;
  • Good command of English is required. Knowledge of Russian is an asset;
  • Previous enrollment in social activism/peace-building projects is an asset;
  • Candidates with an IDP or refugee background are strongly encouraged to apply.

[i] Exceptions can be made for the participants beyond the age limit upon submission of exceptional application forms and motivation letters

Application

The recruitment of applicants will be made through an open call online. Interested candidates must complete the application form under this link:

In order to apply, register HERE.

Applications must be submitted by 18.00, 23 February 2019.

The group will be formed with a special attention to gender equality.