18 April 2013 – Amman: The Generations For Peace Conference Centre was buzzing today with the sound of the volunteers gathered for the third Generations For Peace Samsung Advanced Training. This training, scheduled for 18-22 April, gathers 37 volunteers from eleven countries with the aim of sharing their experiences, knowledge and challenges in implementing Generations For Peace conflict transformation and peace-building programmes in their local communities.
In remarks made at the opening of the event, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, encouraged the participants to share their stories and experiences: “I want to encourage you each to share your experiences and success stories – as well as your challenges and difficulties – so that we can learn from you, and we can all learn together. You can be rightly proud of everything you have achieved in your communities to break down barriers, shatter stereotypes, and build trust.”
HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal, Co-Founder and President of Generations For Peace, urged the volunteers to continue on the path as peace builders and change-makers: “the task at hand is not an easy one, but you have taken the first step on your journey to building a better, brighter and more prosperous future for yourselves and generations to follow. Together, through sharing of our experiences and building on what we learn the next five days, we can achieve the desired success we are all working so hard to achieve.”
Generations For Peace celebrated the sixth anniversary of its founding on 16 April. Since inception, 8,100 volunteers have been trained and the lives of more than 210,000 children and youth have been touched through local activities that use advocacy, art, dialogue, empowerment or sport-based games as tools to break down society barriers to inter-group dialogue.
Samsung, the main partners for the Generations For Peace Advanced Training, recently signed a renewal of the partnership agreement marking the 6th consecutive year that they have supported this NGO through their corporate social responsibility programme.