Peaceseminar in Norway

We were three students from Roskilde Gymnasium who travelled with the organization Barnas Fredsverden to Moss, Norway in August.

The purpose of the trip was the "Peace and action-seminar". The seminar took place from august the 14th to august the 17th 2013.
The seminar included:

  • 3 days
  • 112 people on campus
  • 54 Scandinavian youth participants in the age 13-19.
  • 28 facilitators/accompanying/workshop leaders – (2 trainees)
  • 6 volunteers
  • 16 Countries: Germany, Philippines, USA, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Austria, Portugal, France, Indonesia, Norway, Mauritania, Denmark, Sweden, Palestine, Finland.

The language of the seminar was English even though de fleste participants were Scandinavians. The purpose of the trip was to get an insight view on how to make peace through interacting and cooperating with other people, getting involved and playing games. The seminar consisted of different kinds of workshops such as yoga, play for peace, the drum circle and role playing just to name a few.

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Play for Peace
The "Play for Peace"- workshop took place, outside, on the second day of the seminar. Everyone took part in the first event – students as well as tutors. The purpose of the workshop was to get to know people and to show that in order to make this seminar a success we must all participate and cooperate. We were split into four random groups. We invented handshakes, presented ourselves and told a stranger about what we wanted to do with our future. As the workshop progressed we became less shy and learned more and more about the other students and facilitators. This was a good way to start dagene .

Can I come in NOR-PARADISE?
This workshop included two parts. At first the workshop seemed strange. We had to meet in a special kind of room. We were directed into the room one at the time. Some of us got a napkin, which we had to place on the top of our heads, a sticker that said lower class, and a seat on the floor, while others got to sit on the chairs and got a sticker saying "higher class". Almost every person in the room assumed that it was a bad thing to be marked "lower class". But in the end it turned out that the lower class was in fact a good thing, since they were closer to the ground and therefore more grounded.
The second part of this workshop was a role-play in which we lived in an imaginary country. We were assigned with individual roles – some were border guards, others asylum seekers, journalists or Red Cross workers. The idea of the role play was to see the process of crossing borders. The workshop gave an insight in how difficult the immigration process is.

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Fred - gennem aktiv deltagelse
Overall we are glad that we chose to be a part of this seminar, because it managed to involve and activate the participants through the big variation of games and workshops. Another very positive element was that students as well as tutors took part in most of the events.
The seminar taught us a lot about teamwork but was different from what we expected, because it focused more on activating the participants than on educating about the society and peace making.

 

What if learning was about knowledge and also about doing, being, interacting with others and changing the world?

What if formal learning was enjoyable, hands-on and relevant to life outside school while addressing the problems of our world?

What if education systems prepared learners to become responsible citizens, recognize and solve local problems...

Then we would be educating for a more sustainable future

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