SVF organized a peaceful summer academy for young leaders of the project in Rafah city ofGaza Strip on July 15, 2012. The summer Academy continued for 10 days. The participants had an opportunity to discuss thoroughly certain issues focusing on peace building culture and practices. They also tackled the issues of empowerment the marginalized groups in the Palestinian territories to contribute to community peace and reconciliation process. The activities and outcome of the summer camps documented in the project publications” supplement. SVF invited some leaders and civil society experts to talk to young leaders about their successful stories in community work including obstacles and problems facing peace building.
The Academy divided into several corners and stages to discuss several topics as follows:
- Changing behaviours and attitudes from violence to respect peace process and non-violence;
- Non-violence, dialogue and peaceful actions impact on the society;
- Impact of negative violence on the progress human rights development and good governance inPalestine.
- Role of different sectors of society in curbing violence and empowering human rights practices.
- Respecting human rights, decision making process and development;
- NGOs role in promoting culture of conflict resolution and peace-building;
- The impact of customs and traditions on peace-building. Remove Misperception and Stereotyping
- Peace and Religion
- Ethics of politics and diplomacy in making peace
- Encouraging Reconciliation and Tolerance
- Peace and development
- Impact of peaceful Coalition on tolerance
- Promote Culture of non-violence
- Gender and Peace
- IT and Peace
- Peaceful Advocacy and Campaign
- The role of Religion in making peace
- Civil Society role in making peace
- Higher education role in making peace
The participants expressed their happiness and enjoyment to spend a great time in the summer academy. They founded a peaceful place to express their views and shared their ideas with activators, colleagues and friends. They appreciated the efforts of SVF in organising the event. They called the SVF to organise more summer events in the future.
The summer academy came out with a number of recommendations that follow:
- Organising annual summer camps for youth on tolerance and dialogue.
- Encouraging youth to use the social media networks more effectively and positively to promote peace and reconciliation.
- Developing and improve community campaigns to educate youth and women on peace building and development.
- Promoting media campaigns to discuss the obstacles facing community peace building.
- Enhancing dialogue among youth from different segments.
- Developing coordination and network among different organisations, CBOs, governments, political parties and groups to increase culture of non-violence and peace
- Improving the relationship between youth and the different local organisations
- Organising more well-planned activities to tackle the problem of the Palestinian division.
- Increasing the media production that promotes dialogue and tolerance.
- Reforming laws to improve culture of community-based peace.
- Organising community actions to enhance the culture of family’s members in peace building and reconciliation level.
- Empowerment women political and social participation to get engaged actively and positively in the peace building and reconciliation process.