The first three days of the training took place in the beautiful Sharri mountains in the South of Kosovo, where 16 young people from Gjakova, Mitrovica and Skenderaj came together to learn about peacebuilding, fighting stereotypes, dealing with conflicts and getting active in their communities. They learned that building peace can start small, like having a coffee with your neighbour. One of the participants shared: “I will talk with my family, friends and close ones for the amazing time that I had this weekend. I will share what I’ve learned, and maybe do the sessions with them and play the games too. I will tell them about how peace is so important for all of us.”
The second weekend of the Winter School continued in Prizren, where the focus was on practical skills that can be useful for peace activism such as open street actions, social media campaigns and leadership. With a small street action about anti-discrimination and empowerment of women, this knowledge was put into practice on the square in Prizren. As a final activity, the participants developed local action plans for their communities to implement their knowledge and develop a peace action for the International Human Rights Day.
On the weekend of December 10 and 11, the following local actions were implemented:
The group from Gjakova organised a Roundtable for Human Rights between participants of the Winter School, representatives of the municipality, young people from different communities and the local media to share their knowledge and address human rights violations.
In Skenderaj, 5-graders of a local school were able to profit from a sport and education session about bullying and stereotypes that was developed by the participants of the programme.
One of the participants summed-up the project perfectly: “I realised how powerful it is to have people here from Mitrovica, Skenderaj and Gjakova that are coming from various backgrounds and how diversity can make great things for peace.”
The project is a cooperation between the forumZFD Kosovo Programme, the forumZFD Academy for Conflict Transformation, Roma in Action in Gjakova, Local Initiative Link in Mitrovica and the Public Youth Center Skenderaj.