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“The best thing we learned is working together”

“The best thing we learned is working together”

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On February 24, 2022

MasterPeace and Stichting Move (with support from VSB foundation) developed the concept “Create your World, Move your talent”. With this concept we inspire youngsters (age group between 14 - 21) to develop their skills and talents in a creative and playful way. Once they feel confident using their talents, the youngsters are called to take action improving the community, tackling challenges their communities face. 

We cover the 3 stages: “me”, “me & you”, “us”.

See for more explanation (in Dutch): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPtdVKn0bVQ  

 

We implemented the concept at the Spaarne college in Haarlem, from the 26th - 28th of January 2022. The teachers of the school were very interested to learn about the concept (in a train-the-trainer session) and they did all their best to guide the students through the days.  200 students from the 2nd year VMBO participated. With at the end of the day: many happy faces, from students and teachers!

 

So, actually, to turn a smile on someone’s face is exactly what we try to teach the students with Create Your World. Society tends to be more individualistic, especially due to corona-lockdowns. So students might feel overwhelmed by the challenges they face and might not see directly how they can make a change, make an impact.

With Create your World we make them see how a small act of kindness, already can make a big difference.

 

  • First day, who thinks he can stand on his head?

On the first day the students developed their creative, artistic talents. Maybe even discovered “hidden” ones, like song-writing, or doing crazy moves!

We offered 12 workshops, with various disciplines: theatre & performance arts, drawing & street art, vlog & photography, rap, breakdance, hiphop, singer songwriting & music.

 

Workshop breakdance
Workshop rap
Workshop performance arts

  • Second day, let’s team up

The second day the students developed their knowledge about talents one step further, doing a quizz showing them their preference in behavior. Are you an explorer, or an organizing person? Do you take into account details, or are you rather a storyteller?

With grown confidence, the students teamed up. Respecting each other’s talents (and therefore differences), they discovered how much stronger you are working together. We asked them to list some challenges they, their teachers, and their community might face. And even more important: what you can do about it.

We got the most inspiring ideas to make a positive impact. 

  • Handing out cards, just to ask the simple question: how are you today?
  • Create a tik-tok video on the topic of respect
  • Making your own post-cards and give them to someone else for 1-on-1 contact
  • Giving away fruit to people on the streets
  • Recognizing the hard work teachers do by offering an award.

 

  • Third day: and action! put a smile on your faceOn the third it was time for action. The ideas were carried out, preparations needed to be done. Students went out on the streets to help other people with their chores, or to make them smile: distributing cards, flowers and fruit on the street. 

    Another group made beautiful photos to give away to the elderly, baked cookies and handed them to teachers, made tickets for the elderly in the retirement home, set up an action to help animals in need and there was a competition for both the funniest and the best teacher.

 

 

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Launching of “Karachi Interfaith Network” for Interfaith Harmony

Launching of “Karachi Interfaith Network” for Interfaith Harmony

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On February 15, 2022

Our MasterPeace Club of Karachi, Pakistan started 2022 with a successful launching ceremony of “Karachi Interfaith Network.” The event was held on January 23, 2022, by Shaoor Foundation with the collaboration of MasterPeace Pakistan. It was a launching ceremony event where 30 experienced leaders from Karachi (Mr. Kelash Sarhadi of MP Pakistan was one of the influential leaders in the program) and other participants expressed their commitment and responsibility to aware and involve youth and teachers of the religious seminaries, schools, universities, and civil society members to understand the importance of interfaith and harmony. In this way, the event was bound by common understanding – peace as a basic human right. Lastly, the program covered various elements under SDG 4, SDG 16, and SDG 17.

As religious tolerance is vanishing day by day in societies, MasterPeace Pakistan is confident the introduction of “Karachi Interfaith Network” will play a significant role in providing a platform for religion and faith leaders to collaborate closely for common goals. There isn’t a second opinion on the importance of having a conceptual understanding of conflict and peace management if we dream of a harmonious society and MP Pakistan is a leading organization that advocates for such society.
Furthermore, having 30 influential social leaders uniting to collaborate to bring peace and development in the community is highly welcomed and appreciated around Karachi. Overall, the program had insightful dialogues and commitments to build workable networks around the region to establish religious harmony and productive social forces.
Importantly, the main objective of launching a faithful network in Karachi is to Increase the systematic engagement of key leaders from diverse faiths and communities for effective peacebuilding process and interfaith harmony. It is interesting to see how the interfaith network leads the way to originate a constructive network to achieve harmony amongst faiths but without a doubt, the launching is just the beginning of many impactful changes

Leaders of the Karachi Interfaith Network

Leaders of the Karachi Interfaith Network

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Leaders of the Karachi Interfaith Network

Leaders of the Karachi Interfaith Network

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International Day of Education With A Focus On Youth and Mental Health

International Day of Education With A Focus On Youth and Mental Health

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On January 27, 2022
We tend to think of school in terms of teachers, students, and the lessons that are covered over a school year. Others might also think of facilities and materials, with access to technology getting a good amount of attention in the wider discussion of education. Before the pandemic, which led to the closure of schools and the limiting of contact between individuals in general, we rarely considered the school for its role as the essential place for socialization among young people. 1.5 years into the global struggle with Covid-19, it has become more clear than ever that a school is much more than a building, teachers are more than just instructors, and students are more than just human sponges.

https://youtu.be/31N-OSNIXnU

On January 24th, 2022, together with partners from the global learning community on whole child development, MasterPeace hosted a ‘Webinar on Youth and Mental Well Being.’ The session included presentations by researchers, input from teachers from around the world, and a panel discussion with experts on youth and mental health. The goal was to better understand the emotional challenges young people and educators face due to long standing disparities and how Covid-19 has further exacerbated those factors.

Bassem Nasir, Education Specialist at UNICEF, presented research by the international organization between 2020 and 2021 which illustrated how much in-person learning has been lost (2 trillion hours) since the start of the pandemic. Data gathered also estimated the loss of $17 trillion in future earnings by current students. Furthermore Nasir touched on the nutritional, mental, and socio-cultural ripple effect of so many children without school for so long.

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To better understand how young people respond to adversity and trauma, Dr. Manolya Tanyu, senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research, presented interesting findings on the topic of resilience. How young people respond to these types of situations is, in fact, very dynamic and dependent upon several personal factors such as: age, experience, social-emotional skills and access to services. That is to say, while adversity may be felt across the globe in the wake of a pandemic or some other disaster, how young people cope with it can vary greatly.

The webinar, which was broadcasted live in partnership with Humanity Rising and Ubiquity University, included testimony from teachers from around the world regarding what they have experienced as educators since the start of the pandemic. Together with an international cross section of students they also submitted video statements regarding both the challenges and some of the strategies they have adopted to make something positive and inspiring out of the experience.

In the third and final act of the online gathering a panel of experts consisting of Ashley Nemiro from the MHPSS Collaborative; Dr. Shekhar Seshadri, Child Psychiatrist, NIMHANS; and Simón Martínez Abadía, Cultural Manager and Teacher from MasterPeace Colombia. Panelists explored local experiences related to working with young people in addressing trauma, as well as policies related to better addressing mental health of young people around the world.

As a first in what hopes to become a series of events and activities around mental well being, the webinar concluded by taking stock of what we have learned from the adversity of the past years and how we can benefit from this knowledge. Among the many conclusions was an inspiring call to action by Dr. Shekhar Seshadri, to help children create memories, to remember this pandemic not just as a period of bad things and frustration, but as a positive experience where there was time to do fun things, learn in different ways, and be creative.

https://youtu.be/tqdiBJlZAHk

Editor's Note: This article focuses specifically on teachers and students and the experiences of not having access to schools during a crisis. MasterPeace does not seek to undermine government policies regarding health and safety. We do not claim to know better than scientists and elected officials.

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mPower Art with MasterPeace Croatia

mPower Art with MasterPeace Croatia

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On January 21, 2022

In the period of 10th to 18th of October 2021, our organization was hosting an art youth exchange that gathered 36 motivated young people from Latvia, Greece, Turkey, Serbia and Germany to create unique art pieces in our town of Ludbreg. 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.











Background:
Lumen is a team of enthusiastic people of diverse ages and backgrounds that aim to change the current mindset of our little town. We mostly do it through street art, because it’s the first thing that catches the eye and may create a huge impact on several views. As well as international activities that we facilitate raise a lot of attention from the townies who are immediately interested in communicating with foreign youth. Through mPowerArt youth exchange we wanted to cover the following objectives:
➔ To empower young European people through art
➔ To raise cultural awareness within local and foreign communities
➔ To promote social inclusion and tolerance
➔ To inform young people about the Erasmus+ Programme opportunities
➔ To raise a sense of EU citizenship and motivate young people to participate more towards the development in their own communities

Outcomes:
In a full week of our art and culture exploration journey, we’ve managed to create 2 murals inside and outside of our organization, prepare the walls for the professional street artists in the central park of our town, The Island of Youth, and celebrate Erasmus Days through learning how to create murals with spray paints.

As a result, the numbers of our project are:

2 – murals created for our organization and local visibility
3 – professional street art pieces that were created in our town with full involvement of our participants
6 – European Union countries involved in the project
7 – full activity days of creating art and sharing one’s cultures
36 – the amount of young people involved in the youth exchange

Impact:

➔ Informed and empowered youth
➔ Motivation of young people to make change of the mindset inside of their local communities
➔ Young people being mobilized and inspired to create similar projects within their environments
➔ Raised sense of EU citizenship and readiness to be involved in the political and cultural change in European community

Not only did this project help us to make our town more colorful and open for intercultural dialogue, as an organization, we’ve settled as a solid team for Lumen to function all year long and create a full ambitious action plan for the next year. So, for us mPowerArt wasn’t less meaningful than for our participants who had become a real force of change and built beautiful friendships on the project. We believe that this was the most important impact from this youth exchange and we will continue doing everything that is in our responsibilities to inspire and motivate young Europeans to create meaningful art and embrace their creativity.



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