The Tandem Grant Tool project component forms part of a larger scheme within YMCA Europe Roots for Reconciliation project: the Peace Work Institute.
The aim of Peace Work Institute is to ensure capacity building and empowerment of the next generation of youth competent leaders and multipliers in conflict transformation work.
Peace Work Institute was a series of activities in a logical continuum of two years, including:
- Training sessions composed of two (2) one-week-long residential seminars (April 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia & November 2017, Berlin, Germany).
- After completion of training sessions, Allocation of Tandem Grant Funds to the graduates of Peace Work Institute for the implementation of conflict transformation activities between pairs and groups comprising several partners and based on initiatives elaborated during PWI training sessions;
- Reunion of alumni of two Roots for Reconciliation Peace Work Institute series – a one-week-long residential seminar (to be held in Toledo, Spain in April 2019).
“Art4Peace” was the initiative elaborated by Peace Work Institute Graduates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine during Berlin PWI Session in November 2017. It was held at YMCA Georgia Community Resource Center “Camp Orange” on August 27- September 02, 2018. The project was co-funded by the Embassy of USA in Georgia.
“P.E.A.C.E. – Peace, e-Activism & Campaigning Education”. In cooperation and with the guidance of Roots for Reconciliation staff team, Ani Arakelyan from Armenia, Adrian Davies from Kosovo, Anzhelika Zakaryan from Nagorno Karabakh, Fiona Shyti from Kosovo, Irina Berdzenishvili from Georgia, Helena Hajkova from Slovakia, Maksym Studilko from Ukraine, Maria Costa from Portugal, Petr Bozhychko from Russia and Andreea Lazar from Romania, developed the idea of the project during the Berlin PWI Session in November 2017 and further tailored it to be submitted to the Council of Europe. The application was successfully granted & the Activity was held in cooperation with and at Council of Europe Youth Center in Budapest, Hungary on September 16 – 22, 2018.