Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pathways to a Culture of Peace: UNESCO Global Contest

Pathways to a Culture of Peace

“Through education, we teach children not to hate. Through education, we raise leaders who act with wisdom and compassion. Through education, we establish a true, lasting culture of peace,” 

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General UN

Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding is a contest launched at the international level through UNESCO’s networks and partners. 

Young participants of the contest  are invited to express its experience of how peace and non-violence are or should be produced and reproduced day after day in various environments, what has come to be termed everyday peace.
What are the objectives of the Contest?
  • To promote a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence through the works submitted, which are to be developed upon a reflection on key-notions of peace and take the format of essays, photos, videos, graphic arts;
  • To develop the sense of belonging to, and the responsibility towards humanity, while respecting the value of its plural identities;
  • To share concrete experiences of everyday peace at individual, local, national, regional or international levels;
  • To reinforce peace-making knowledge, skills and values among young people.

"In the new, turbulent international globalised landscape, a central idea emerges: greater account must be taken of the close links between cultural diversity, dialogue, development, security and peace. One of the most crucial challenges for UNESCO is to rethink these five interdependent notions so as to inform new approaches in all domains. From that perspective, the culture of peace imposes itself as the main strategic focus of UNESCO, along with sustainable development, both of which form two sides of the same coin."
UNESCO | Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
In a world in complete change, young people have a relevant voice to demonstrate their critical thinking and some ideas about a new intercultural dialogue, interconnectedness, capacity building, in order to innovate the society and build a different world  through important values as Peace and Culture.

The Contest consists in:
The participants have to submit a work in a maximum of two categories from the following four categories:

  • Essay :  An Essay of a maximum of 500 words, submitted either in English or in French and presenting any type of life experience related to “everyday peace” (an original poetry, a piece of theatre, an interview of key-actors in peace, an illustration of some original ways to enhance everyday life…)
  • Video Clip: The video-clip should encourage young people to practice peace on a daily basis (at home, at school, at the University, in the street…). It must not exceed 1 minute, must be submitted in “AVI” format and captured by a digital camera, portable telephone or camcorder.
  • Photography: Participants who have chosen this category must provide an (electronic if possible) "album" containing 10 entitled photographs on the theme of "Culture of peace and non-violence”. They must send their albums in  .jpeg or .tiff format (300 dpi resolution).
  • Graphic Arts: Participants who have chosen this category must create and design an original logo on the theme of a "Culture of peace and non-violence". Works can be either in paper or electronic format and should be sent in PDF based on a A4 size (300 dpi resolution).
Notes: The video clip, the logos and the photos must be accompanied with a text* explaining the choice of the young participants, and the logic linking their work to the theme of the Global Contest.

*The text:

The text must have less than 150 words for the graphic work and less than 300 words for the video-clip and the photographs.

Works must express the views of young people based on the following “Peace Cloud”:

Guidelines can be read here. It includes registration form, submission form and permission rights.

 Target Group:
The Global Contest is open to all young people around the world, from 14 to 25 years old.

Education levels:
Middle Education; Secondary Education; Vocational Education.

Curriuculum: Cross-curricula Arts, Languages, Civics; Sciences...

Important! The timeframe of the Contest:

30/11/2012 - Registration Deadline.

The registration form is here. Don't forget to send it back by email : peace.contest@unesco.org
21/03/2013 - Submission Deadline, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination;
21/05/2013 - Announcement of the eight winners on the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Winners and short-listed contributions will be posted on the Internet, in a digital catalogue. 
A special web-platform will be maintained featuring inputs on the different pathways to reflect and to live peace. 
In addition to the public exposure offered by UNESCO and its partners, each of the 8 winners will receive a personal digital tablet.
Wow! Just do it! Begin working with your students! You have a month to create amazing contributions.

“We want chidren and youth to have quality lessons. And we want to strengthen their core values.”
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General UN

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