By UNESCO MGIEP
Unbox: Breaking Stereotypes – YESPeace India Chapter Workshop 2017

November 14 – 16, 2017 | YWCA International Guest House Conference Hall, New Delhi, INDIA

UNESCO MGIEP’s Youth for Education, Sustainability and Peace (YESPeace) Network – India chapter partners are organising a three-day youth capacity building workshop on breaking stereotypes from November 14 to 16 2017 at the YWCA International Guest House Conference Hall in New Delhi, India. The workshop will be conducted by UNESCO MGIEP and five of its partners from India (Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Pravah, Community-the Youth Collective, The Blue Ribbon Movement and STEP Trust) for 40-45 young people from all parts of India.

This workshop is an outcome of the first 2017 YESPeace India Partners meeting, which was held on 10 and 11 July 2017 at New Delhi. The aim of the two day meeting was to bring together organisations working with young people in India a in the broad area of education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship and seek to define and co-create empowering and enabling spaces for young people in India. The Network together decided to hold a joint workshop with young people around breaking stereotypes with young people from different parts of the country in November around the International Day of Tolerance (November 16) .

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

The upcoming YESPeace Network workshop will provide the India partners an opportunity to co-design and co-create the workshop with the experiential learning tools and designs around identities.

Additionally, the workshop will provide young people (18 to 26 years old) who are working in the area of peace and sustainable development, an opportunity to engage in cross border friendships, understand what their peers are doing in different parts of the country, articulate how given and chosen identities impact the building of relationships and practice active listening, empathy and compassion. In order to give young people an agency to take action, the workshop will be followed by direct youth action by the young participants post the workshop which would be designed and led by youth themselves.

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For further details / information, please contact:

  • Piyali Sarkar Debnath, Programme Officer, YESPeace (p.sarkar@unesco.org)
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