People living in conflict regions often find it hard to envision a peaceful future. In protracted conflicts, peaceful solutions seem out of reach and individual options to take action appear minimal. In such circumstances, fostering hope by highlighting individuals’ potentials for and success stories in creating constructive change is crucial.
Peace Counts on Tour brings good-practice examples of global peacebuilding and accounts of successful peacebuilders into educational settings to inspire joint learning. Examples of such good practice cover many topics: community peace work, intercultural education, dialogue models for conflict parties, peace zones in conflict regions, conflict resolution training in prisons, sports and conflict resolution, renouncing violence and reintegrating into the community, traditional forms of mediation, safe spaces for basic education, revealing wartime brutality, youth empowerment through music, rapprochement of perpetrators and survivors, interreligious dialogue, women empowerment, youth work in divided societies. The workshop methodology centres on learning from biographies and visualisation, and strongly focuses on participants and dialogue.
Aims & Outcomes
With a travelling exhibition, we aim to impart (some of) the following learning objectives: the participants feel inspired by the good-practice examples of peacebuilding. They have learned from these role models that it is possible to build peace and that it takes their own individual engagement to make their vision of peace come true. The participants see the added value of the pedagogic methods applied in the workshops and integrate these approaches into their own working environment. They reuse or adapt the educational materials (such as CD-ROMs, posters, picture cards) distributed during the training in their own work.
The key actors for Peace Counts on Tour are mostly multipliers working in the educational, media or peacebuilding sector. The groups are defined in close consultation with local partner organisations in the respective countries. Workshops have been implemented with youth leaders, teachers, community workers, members of women’s organisations, students, peer-mediators, NGO staff, and others.
Since 2007, the Peace Counts training programme has travelled to countries on four continents: Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Ivory Coast, the Philippines, Russia, India, Colombia, Jordan, Afghanistan and the South Caucasus.
The Berghof Foundation is open to requests from former participants and is interested in establishing sustainable cooperation with them. The rich experiences participants and facilitators bring along from different conflict regions consistently offer opportunities for mutual learning.