IAYSP Peace Designer Training #Europe & the Middle East

IAYSP Europe and the Middle East held a regional level online Peace Designer Training between February 19 – 26, 2022. The goal of this training was to bring together youth and students from around the region and educate them about YSP’s Peace Perspective and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – to assist them in creating their own projects step-by-step with facilitators’ guidance and various group meetings.

Eight young people facilitated eight sessions; the fifty-eight participants registered from twenty-seven different countries. Finally, two projects were presented at the last meeting prepared by students from Afghanistan and a mixed student group from Hungary and Russia. The two projects had the following titles: Psychotherapy Center of Naji and Not Throwing Away Is Rewarded. Five participants received the Peace Designer certificates (only those who presented their projects at the last meeting could be appointed Peace Designers).

This training was the first of its nature to be entirely sourced on the new Peace Designer Training Handbook and Workbook – materials made for chapters in Europe and the Middle East region to freely utilize for training purposes. The training was a great opportunity to build a team of facilitators who have proved to be of an excellent standard. We will be working improving strategies for outreach to appoint even more Peace Designers in the future.