Anti-radicalisation and Non Violent Communication on the Peace Builders Training Course, June 2016

During one week, from 1st June until 7th of June 2016, 23 participants and facilitators gathered in France for a Peace Builders Training Course. The event was coordinated by CCIVS and hosted by Concordia Le Mans.


The participants were from the MEDA region and focused on non-violent communication and anti-radicalisation.

The group started by defining the important concepts for the topics: Extremism, Hate speech, Peace, Violence and Culture.

One of the objectives of the C2P Project is to empower youth workers to promote non-violent communication and intercultural dialogue and re-connect youth organisations and young people. The participants of the training were involved in activities to understand the thin line between hate speech and freedom of speech as an introduction to hate mechanisms. They were introduced to the theory of the pyramid of hate speech which allows understanding the different levels of hate which can lead to violence or even genocide. Pyramide of hate


 The session about non-violent communication allowed the participants to understand the process to change ones way of thinking in order to adopt a speech exempt from interpretation and prejudice.

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The training course was also the space for the peace builders to practice workshops and activities they wish to implement in their IVS organisation.

Stay tuned for more news about the project.


Euro-MEDA IVS organisations’ recommendations for future cooperation


International Voluntary Service (IVS) organisations which participated in the Campaign “Contact Making to Youth Participation; the Strengthening of a Culture of Peace Focusing on Active Participation and Social Inclusion among Young People in the EU and the Southern Mediterranean” launched by CCIVS in 2014-2015 and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, wrote recommendations for future cooperation.

Access to the document: Recommendations for future cooperation

The project aimed to create new cooperation within organisations in the Europe and Southern Mediterranean region on projects about social inclusion and active participation amongst the young people. Indeed these recommendations allow IVS organisations to give guidelines depending on the context of a region/country, the subject (environmental, political etc.) and the organisation structure and functioning.

These recommendations were established during the evaluation meeting of the “Contact 2 Participation” project held in Amman, Jordan and hosted by the organisation I Dare.

CCIVS would like to thank all the organisations which participated in the project and made a great effort in building new partnerships in the Euro-Meda region. We look forward to see many great projects emerge.


Third & last stage of the project: evaluation meeting in Amman

As the staff exchanges are coming to an end, the third and last activity of the Contact to Participation project will soon take place in Jordan. From 25th until 31st of May of 2015, the partner organisations in the project will gather in Amman for an evaluation meeting. The event will be hosted by the Jordanian organisation “I dare for sustainable development”.

The participants and facilitators will focus on several points:

  • Evaluation of all the phases of the project;
  • Review of the mapping shared in the first seminar, feedback;
  • Overview of the impact of this project, on the promoters and the benefits for the young people reached by this project (youth workers, young participants in different activities, interaction with local communities);
  • Gathering of useful tools used during the implementation of the activities duration;
  • Plan the next stages for cooperation and projects focusing on active participation and social inclusion;
  • Creation of an online publication – definition of the contents.

We are looking forward for this meeting to start!

Stay tuned for more posts about the reports concerning the staff exchanges and the conduct of the evaluation meeting.

Staff exchange review by Sandrine from AECHF (Palestine) visiting CID (Macedonia)

Sandrine, project coordinator at Association d’Echanges Culturels Hébron-France (AECHF) in Palestine is happy to share with us her experience of visiting Center for Interncultural Dialogue (CID) in Macedonia for potential future partnerships between the two International Voluntary Service Organisation.

“My staff exchange was organized by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) in Kamanovo (Macedonia). I spent the week with the team and volunteers…I experimented with them different activities with Youth and events organized for the Youth European Week. It was very important to see how the team is managed a huge number of volunteers from different countries. The social networking seems to be very important for the Youth exchange and IVS. The volunteers organize language courses for other volunteers and Youth, specific workshops (management of NGO, etc.) are planned for them.

I didn’t have time to visit other part of Macedonia but I was so happy to stay in Kumanovo and spent my staff exchange with amazing people. Despite the lack of exchange with children in the Center due to different languages, the communication between Youth and volunteers is very important through games, etc.

I’m working for the Association d’Echanges Culturels Hébron-France (AECHF) in Hebron (Palestine). We want to develop the Youth exchange and want to be part of the IVS. I can adapt the work of CID for the reason that we have same activities: Cultural center for Youth, IVS volunteers, organization of Work camps, etc. CID organizes a lot of workshops, seminars on different issues; AECHF has to elaborate the same with collaboration of International and local volunteers. In Palestine to involve local volunteers is a difficulty. Presence of more international volunteers for short or long term will be an opportunity for Hebronite Youth to participate in activities.

The staff exchange was an opportunity for me and my organization to understand more the methodologies and aims of Youth exchange and IVS.

Unfortunately I experimented also a dramatic situation…a terrorist group of around 50 people are fighting against the Macedonian police in the Divo Seliste residential quarter since Saturday 9th at 4am. Shootings, helicopters, ambulances during 36 hours. The residents of Divo Seliste quarter in Kumanovo were evacuated…Whole families leaved Divo Seliste quarter of Kumanovo and moved with luggage to the other side of town. Divo Seliste is the quarter of the culture center for children (MultiKulti – CID project) where I spent the week…I’m so sad for the children and their families. My heart stays with all of them !”

Second stage of the project – Staff exchange


The second stage of Contact 2 Participation campaign, is about to take place, it consists in study visits taking the form of staff exchanges among the partners to the campaign.

During the first stage of the project, thanks to the Seminar in Laguépie, France (December, 8th until December, 14th of 2014), the organisations were able to get in contact and share about their challenges and best practices in the field of social inclusion and active citizenship amongst the young people.

The staff exchanges will now allow one organisation to go and visit another during up to 5 days, allowing a better understanding of new methodologies in youth work in order to adapt them and implement these practices within the local context.

CCIVS believes that these visits would permit the organisations to know each other better in their local context and give new ideas for innovative practices, develop further projects with confidence on reliable partners which is crucial while working with young people having different backgrounds.

Stay tuned for feedbacks of the participants on this experience.


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Learning more about each other – Youth work within the Arabic-Arabic framework

One of the main goals of the “Contact 2 Participation” project is to re-establish cooperation between countries that have witnessed a recent decline in youth participation and exchange of volunteers. However, cooperation can rarely be established without sufficient knowledge about the partners and their respective situations. We have therefore asked some of the participants of the seminar in Laguépie to describe the challenges in their home regions. What are the particular problems certain geographic areas need to face when it comes to voluntary work, active participation and social inclusion? What are the advantages and disadvantages of their social surroundings? Which methods do they use to solve their problems? What do they see as the most important goals in their work?

We are hereby bringing you a text written by Suha Ayyash, representative of “I-Dare for Sustainable Development”, Jordan. We are often informed about the cooperations established between Arabic and European countries. But what about the situation exclusively in the Arab areas? Do Arabic organisations cooperate with each other or are they necessary oriented towards other regions? What are the problems they face? Due to the authenticity of the text, we would be happy if it  served as a source of new information not only for the active participants of the “Contact 2 Participation” project, but for the public in general.

“In the Arabic region, we have youth and voluntary work, we have supporting systems and culture as well, but each country has its specific social context. Types of activities and aims are all related to the operating organisation.

With regard to the exchanges between Arabs; we have a number of projects that are currently going on. Some of them are youth/school exchanges, others are 2-3 days seminars or conferences. But the questions remain; how often do these activities occur? And in which framework? And is it institutionalized? And what sort of follow-up is done? And are we having common priorities to work with?

Another question is also crucial to ask; which sort of Arabic-Arabic collaboration? Between the countries from Maghreb and Mashreq? And what about the Gulf countries?… (where the realities and the priorities are very different).

On the regional level we have a number of supporting systems that encourage and provide financial support for activists, artists, volunteers in order to move within the Arabic world (such as Safar Fund and Al-Mawred which is now suspended due to new regulations in Egypt). Moreover, ALF launched 3 calls so far to encourage exchanges between young professionals within the EuroMed region. Some of the big organisations in the region, such as Fiker, WISE Education, Injaz Al-Arab and Naseej, also held annual seminars .

The thing is that most of these initiatives are supporting individuals and it is very rare to see systemized youth exchanges or training courses for Arabs with a goal of bringing them together. In Jordan for instance, we have KAYA, which is a high-profile financial award that is given on a yearly basis in order to motivate young Arab activists.

In my opinion, the two factors that are not enabling strong programmes for Arabs related to youth and community work and exchange among themselves are – lack of funding and lack of institutionalized programmes.

We have a couple of European funded programmes that are supporting or bringing Arabs together, notably “The young arab voices”. This is a debate programme run by the British Council which was providing funds for the period of three years ending with the year 2014. The others are ActionAid programmes for MENA youth.

Useful links: ”

Suha Ayyash

“Young people in society” A regional newspaper writes about the Contact Making Seminar

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“Les jeunes dans la société” translated “Young people in Society” is the title of the article issued on December 19th of 2014, in La Dépèche du Midi, a regional daily newspaper published in Toulouse (South-West France). The article is about the contact making Seminar in Laguépie, the first stage to the project aiming to improve active participation and social inclusion of youth within the Mediterranean countries.

Check out the article in french here.

Or read the translated version below:

Young people in society

It’s the main topic of the seminar organized from 8th to 14th December 2014 and hosted by the association Citrus, in Laguépie.

The Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) prepared and leaded the project and debates for the Seminar*. This Committee is a non-governmental organisation based at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

One of the main goals of International Voluntary Service is to raise young people’s awareness about society issues, to stress out the importance of solidarity and active participation in society. These factors are crucial for strengthening the culture of peace worldwide.

During one week, thirty representatives from fourteen European, Middle East and Maghreb countries gathered up to establish strong relations for future partnerships between the Mediterranean region countries*. The aim of this cooperation is to increase active participation and social inclusion amongst young people in and between these countries.

The steering team and participants would like to thank Citrus and the village of Laguépie for their welcome!

Many thanks to La Dépèche du Midi for writing about our project!


*Some errors have been modified in the translation from the original article.

(Photo credit: La Dépèche du Midi)