EIYN led a training on "Contribution of interreligious dialogue to peacemaking", at Sarajevo Peace Event Youth Camp, June 8 2014. , Peace Event, that took place in Sarajevo 6-9 June, brought together around 900 people from 32 countries commemorating the end of the First World War and committing themselves to organization and action for peace. From a World of War and Violence to a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence – this motto accompanied participants of the Peace Event, who had a choice of hundreds of workshops, round-table discussions to attend, and cultural activities to take part in, during 3 days of the Event. Activities took place in many different locations in the city, so that the participants had a chance to get to know the beautiful city of Sarajevo.

200 young activist and advocates for peace from the whole world spend those days together at Youth Camp located outside the city in a green surrounding. The principles of the camp were: nonviolence, a culture of peace and human dignity, as well as values such as pluralism, democracy, nondiscrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and gender equality. Youth camp participants were invited to take part in all the activities of the main event as well as in specific selforganized youth camp activities, like diverse seminars, workshops, creative and cultural activities and sports. The Youth Camp had a special emphasis on intercultural understanding and dialogue, reconciliation and dealing with the past, and peace and nonviolence education.  The participants had had a chance to choose peer-to-peer education, nonviolent trainings, reconciliation seminars and expert dialogues. But the main focus was bringing people together, meet like minded people, learning from each other, building understanding, friendships and social networks.

EIYN training took place in the framework of the Youth Camp, and it was led by EIYN's Consultant Daniela Korin Malec and by Matea Dautovic from EIYN's member organization from Bosnia - "Youth for Peace". 20 people took part in it. Daniela and Matea started by giving an introduction to what is a dialogue,followed by dialogue excersise for participants. As next, the group discussed what interreligious dialogue; later tried to define what peace is and how interreligious dialogue can contribute to peacemaking.

 

"We, the youth of different faith groups, are determined to live together in peace and mutual appreciation. We are united in the belief that it is our duty to play a crucial role in overcoming violence and striving for justice. This ideal will only be achieved through interfaith cooperation, which will be facilitated by the establishment of the European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN)"; Geneva declaration

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