The SPIA program “Young Peacemakers” – launched on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of peacekeeping operations celebrated in 2018 – is part of an educational component for the younger generations. It takes place during a school year and is executed in partnership with teachers and school principals. The latter – applied in France since 2019 – takes place, in partnership with teachers and school principals, during a school year and mainly targets primary, middle and high school students interested in the UN or simply wanting to do good around them through acts of citizenship and peace.
The objective of the program is to understand world peace, its interest and approve its experiences as well as to prepare our young generation for the international challenges of tomorrow. In this regard, SPIA has created this participatory and collaborative program – which began in Russia and Ukraine in 2018 – to teach young people that peace is fragile and that it is therefore necessary to protect it together. Furthermore, this programme aims to improve a better understanding of Blue Helmets’ actions, a deeper comprehension of United Nations’ operation and an increase of awareness on major issues facing humanity – such as peace, security, climate change or gender equality.
The program is divided into three pillars: Introduction to the program – presenting essential concepts, promoted by the United Nations, and put into practice by the SPIA –, Human Rights – addressing human rights representations and their links with Blue Helmet’s actions, as well as Citizenship and Universal Peace – with the objective of raising the awareness of Young Peacemakers on their national and international citizenship.
Each pillar contains three different types of activities: activities whose implementation is essential to the validation of each pillar, ongoing activities that the Young Peacemakers will have to carry out throughout the year and optional activities that allow to deepen studied notions of the program. Following each pillar, the students will have to carry out each time a final project – divided between primary and secondary – which are essential for the validation of the pillar.
In addition, the Young Peacemakers will receive a Peace Pack prior to the launch of the program. It contains, among other, educational content and awards for the Young Peacemaker.
Becoming a Young Peacemaker is an art of life, due to the fact, that learning to be a Young Peacemaker means – within the framework of these pillars – getting to know the other, getting to know oneself and also getting involved in the society of tomorrow. Therefore, the program starts from the observation that the construction of peace-building and peacekeeping, in view of all the related values and principles, are not sufficiently inculcated.
The program is part of a desire to write a new chapter in the history of world peace.