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Pop-up shop plastic-free cleaning products winner Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022

Pop-up shop plastic-free cleaning products winner Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022

masterpeace
On May 16, 2022

The Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022, in collaboration with Albeda College Economie & Ondernemen and with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, took place from 19 to 22 April and featured groups of MBO students working on sustainability challenges from the social entrepreneurs Stichting De Roodkapjes, Forever Plants Group, Gered Gereedschap in collaboration with Bouwmaat, GroenCollect BV, NUL TEEN ART, Patijnenburg, Perst Social, rotterzwam, Savvy and stricter. Taking place over the course of a week, the aim of the Challenge is to make an impact and to increase entrepreneurship skills among MBO students.

This year a total of 170 students, 10 social enterprises, 24 teachers, 14 experts and 5 jury members took part. In addition, Chiel Versteeg from Tony's Chocolonely spoke and Marianne van Keep from Verstegen Spices & Sauces and CSR manager of the year gave an inspiring presentation!

Experience the story behind the product

During the final, presented by Han van Nieuwaal, 10 groups pitched their ideas to the jury consisting of students Nyan Htaw Ramarn and Nadir El Karraz, Marc Pieterse from The Young Digitals, Executive Director Suzanne Langbroek and member of the Executive Board Simone Fredriksz. The central theme during this 4th edition of the Challenge was 'creating perspective by inspiring young people to get started as social entrepreneurs'.

The winning pitch was Savvy, a startup that focuses on reducing single-use plastic and the transport of water. They do this by making super-concentrated cleaning agents and hand soap, with which you can refill your bottle again and again together with water. Their question was “How can we convince as many people as possible that truly sustainable cleaning products are not packaged in single-use (recycled) plastic?” The winning group convinced the jury with their creative ideas. As they explained it: “We have the idea to open a pop-up store. A place where you don't just sell soap, but experience the story behind the product. If you also do this in the right neighborhoods within Rotterdam, those where people have a little more to spend, e.g. Hilligersberg, you will reach the right target group!” It is the inspiring ideas and an energetic and good presentation that impressed the jury. So a deserved win!

“Through the Challenge, students experience that there are enormous opportunities in social entrepreneurship. For people, the environment and themselves! MasterPeace is the connecting factor here between education and social entrepreneurs.” Teacher Albeda College Economics & Entrepreneurship

                                                                                                                                  

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Worsening Crisis in Sri Lanka

Worsening Crisis in Sri Lanka

masterpeace
On April 22, 2022

Global media coverage in 2022 has been largely focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and how the victims of that conflict have been impacted. As the suffering in that region gets reported and analyzed on a daily basis, other stories of people struggling to survive go under reported and unfortunately ignored.

School Children participating in MP Sri Lanka activityFor the people of Sri Lanka, 2022 has become a year of economic, political and social turmoil, and the worst may yet be to come. In the aftermath of Covid-19, with the continuing war in Ukraine, the nation’s foreign currency reserves have been depleted. As a result the government has already begun to default on its debt payments, and is unable to afford essential imports of food, fuel, and medicine. Power plants have been unable to maintain production, resulting in extensive power cuts throughout the day. With petrol stations shuttered due to lack of supply, public transportation as well as private vehicles are no longer an option for people. And with the shortage of medicine and medical equipment, there is widespread fear that if someone did manage to get a hospital, they would not be able to get essential treatment.

Children working on a Wall of Connection.Since 2016, MasterPeace Sri Lanka has empowered young people by using art and educational initiatives. They have also brought different religions, ethnicities and age groups together in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation.  Throughout the current crisis, club leader Nishantha Kumara has been in touch with the MasterPeace Core Team to inform us about the difficulties people face at this moment throughout the country. He fears that the worst is yet to come, as shortages continue and people take to the streets to demand change, next month could see people suffering on an even bigger scale. His request to the MasterPeace community and partners around the world: don’t let this crisis continue to be ignored; to raise our voices and come together to help a country on the brink of disaster, before it is really too late.

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mPowerArt MasterPeace Croatia Project To Bring Art Forward!

mPowerArt MasterPeace Croatia Project To Bring Art Forward!

masterpeace
On April 21, 2022
Using Art & Creativity for Empowerment!
The aim of this project was to empower young people through art. No matter the backgrounds, race, abilities, and disadvantages, to unite young people as a whole in raising awareness and promoting social inclusion, culture, tolerance, and sustainable living.
The project is part of the Youth Exchange program within ERASMUS+, where our MasterPeace local partner LUMEN is quite experienced! The idea came to achieve several objectives such as 1-  empower young European people through art 2-  raise cultural awareness 3- promote social inclusion and tolerance and mostly 4- raise a sense of EU citizenship and motivate young people to participate more in the development in
The project is centered around a motivating mural created by the participants together with the local high-school students and children from a non-profit organization “Sunce” which hosts and takes care of people with fewer opportunities of different ages.
The mural design will be done by participants as a way to introduce participants from 6 European Countries to the Croatian culture, exchange good practices, and cultural exchange. The project will bring these participants in contact with  disadvantaged youth from “Sunce” and participate in making graffiti ranch in the town of Legrad
The activities will include planning, sketching, and implementation of the mural. Team-building, ice-breaking activities to form personal connections and friendships that will help participants in
the process of working together towards a common goal of the project

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Celebrating Women’s Day in Tunisia

Celebrating Women’s Day in Tunisia

masterpeace
On April 12, 2022

Throughout the Month of March, MasterPeace Monastir (Tunisia), in partnership with several civil associations, organized a series of activities on the occasion of the celebration of International Women's Day.
This comes as part of an existing project that aims to give Tunisian women and girls the opportunity to participate actively in social life, show their talents and encourage girls to be creative and to highlight their talents in building Tunisian society alongside men.
While promoting the atmosphere of democracy and the spirit of freedom of opinion, expression and action that was strengthened in Tunisia after the Tunisian revolution that made civil society a source of a wealth of ideas to contribute to the development of the Tunisian mentality.

The project includes several stations to enable Tunisian young women to show their potential and participate effectively in the development of their society step by step with men without discrimination between the sexes: the same rights and duties for women and men.
The project is mainly to allow Tunisian women to contribute and actively participate in building Tunisian society. Contribute to the consolidation of the mentality of equality between women and men in all fields.

  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Through this project, we try to give women more effectiveness in public life by encouraging them to engage in active and responsible social practice.
The project is important because women in Monastir are able to provide the best for their community. Meeting many girls and women in this project will enable the exchange of ideas between the participants especially since in this forum there are girls with successful projects. And the presence of other girls who can benefit from successful stories in the field of launching projects.

As a result more than 50 girls and women participated in these activities young women who have successful projects in the following specializations were summoned: the manufacture of refreshments and sweets - hairdressers - journalists - poets - writers - painters .
The activity was monitored by: Radio Monastir, RADIO MONASTIR - MOKNINE Channel 24 and some social networking pages in Monastir.
Our project is part of continuing to give Tunisian women and girls the opportunity to participate actively in social life. Show her talents. Encouraging girls to be creative and to highlight their talents in building Tunisian society alongside men.
Celebrating the atmosphere of democracy and the spirit of freedom of opinion, expression and action that was strengthened in Tunisia after the Tunisian revolution made civil society a source of a wealth of ideas to contribute to the development of the Tunisian mentality.
Our project includes several stations to enable Tunisian young women to show their potential and participate effectively in the development of our society step by step with men without discrimination between the sexes: the same rights and duties for women and men.

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