Our unique curriculum empowers our volunteers with practical knowledge and skills to apply peace-building theory to situations of destructive conflict in their communities: to organise activities for children, to work with youth and adults, to train other trainers, and to gather support by building and strengthening community networks and partnerships.
Our mentoring model provides support to our volunteers in every step of their engagement with Generations For Peace, and helps build their confidence when engaged in the challenging contexts of their home communities. It allows us to build up and support a volunteer movement in different corners of the world, made of young people who work tirelessly to create better future for them and their communities.
Our cascading model increases reach and reinforces the sustainability of our volunteers’ own peace-building efforts, whilst responding to local needs and building on local assets, knowledge and strengths. It also ensures that the number of volunteers implementing Generations For Peace programmes continues to grow exponentially, bringing the hope of lasting peace to more generations in communities around the world.
Volunteer youth leaders from around the world go through a rigorous process to be selected as Delegates to attend a Generations For Peace camp or a Generations For Peace local training.
To become a Generations For Peace Delegate, volunteers are expected to meet strict selection criteria, including showing leadership potential and determination to lead change to achieve lasting impact; conflict sensitivity and commitment to Generations For Peace values; a strong network and community-oriented experience; and the capacity to attract support, to train, motivate and mentor others, to implement high-quality activities, and to learn and adapt.
Our trainings provide Delegates with knowledge in peace building and conflict transformation, and equip them with the skills needed to carry out Generations For Peace programmes in their own communities.
Training sessions, in the classroom and outdoors, are intensive and interactive and based on ‘learning by doing’, allowing time for Delegates to practice what they learn through group and individual exercises, and encouraging them to think of how the new skills will be applied in their own programmes.
Throughout the training, Delegates also receive specific mentoring, which strengthens their reflection skills and encourages them to apply their learning to their own context. This mentoring also focuses on the development of the skills necessary for Delegates to implement effective Generations For Peace programmes following the training.
Training is delivered by our “home-grown” Pioneer Facilitators, who were once Delegates themselves, and who have faced the same challenges they will face, and overcame them. They give our training real authenticity, making it more credible and accessible to the Delegates following in their footsteps.
Our world-class curriculum provides volunteers with practical knowledge and skills to apply peace-building theory to situations of destructive conflict in their communities. The curriculum also includes working with children, youth and adults, training other volunteers, and gathering support by building and strengthening community networks and partnerships. The curriculum covers the following areas:
- Theory of peace building and conflict transformation
- Core and advanced-level conflict analysis
- Skills and techniques for facilitating learning by different age groups
- Behavioural change, and the use of sport, art, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment activities for change in communities
- Volunteerism and social mobilisation
- Programme design, monitoring and evaluation of impact and sustainability, with a strong focus on participatory processes to ensure collective learning and ownership
The curriculum is developed and updated regularly in response to feedback from our volunteers and the latest research and innovation from our Generations For Peace Institute. The curriculum is available in several languages, and continues to be translated into more languages so volunteers can deliver training in their local language.
Post-training, Delegates finalise their programme plans in consultation with other volunteers, Generations For Peace Headquarters and available local partners and networks, and prepare for implementation of their programmes.
While each programme is tailored to local needs and resources, addressing different issues of destructive conflict, all programmes follow a similar cycle. That cycle consists of:
- Events: designed to attract potential volunteers, participants, stakeholders and partners
- Trainings: to train new volunteers as Delegates, giving them the capacity together to implement the proposed Ongoing Activities
- Ongoing Activities: supporting behaviour change in the defined Target Group, leading to lasting positive impacts in the broader beneficiary community.
Each programme cycle lasts approximately twelve months and is based on one or more conflict transformation tools from the Generations For Peace curriculum: sport, art, advocacy, dialogue, or empowerment for peace.
To support Delegates, the mentoring advice and guidance from Generations For Peace Headquarters that began during the training continues, through email and phone contact, video conferencing, and field visits.
The Delegates are given technical support, curriculum and promotional materials, but only very limited financial support. The emphasis is on Delegates developing relationships and securing support from local partners and stakeholders, using the skills they have learned: local partnerships are at the heart of our sustainability model.
Only once Delegates have implemented approved Generations For Peace activities and met mutually-agreed targets, do they become certified as a Generations For Peace Pioneers. The aim is to successfully implement a programme cycle, within twelve to fifteen months, to be eligible for certification as a Generations For Peace Pioneer.
Once certified as a Generations For Peace Pioneer, the journey for our volunteer continues as Generations For Peace continues:
- to support their programmes as they grow and evolve, supporting local registration and satellite offices once programmes reach critical mass
- to provide recognition and celebration of their efforts
- to support their relationships with partners and stakeholders, and with the local media
- to provide further opportunities for advanced training, for specialised training, and for continuous learning and skills development.
Support is demand-driven and responds to the specific needs of each Pioneer and their programme.