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Franklin D. Roosevelts asks YOU “What Freedom do you WANT”

Franklin D. Roosevelts asks YOU “What Freedom do you WANT”

masterpeace
On May 15, 2023
In January 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a historic speech to the United States Congress in which he outlined his vision for a world that respected the fundamental human rights of every individual. He declared that there were four essential freedoms that every person should be entitled to, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality.
Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech was a call to action for people worldwide to work towards a future in which these essential human rights were respected and protected. These "Four Freedoms" would become a rallying cry for the Allied forces during World War II and inspire future generations.
- The 1st of the Four Freedoms was Freedom of Speech and expression.
- The 2nd: Freedom of Worship.
- The 4th Freedom from Fear.
- But my call to all of you is to upgrade his 3rd Freedom, "The Freedom from WANT". In his days, Roosevelt recognized that poverty and economic insecurity were significant threats to individual freedom and democracy. He believed every person had the right to a basic standard of living, including food, shelter, and healthcare.
Today Governments, businesses, and civil society need to work on a new type of WANT, not only reducing poverty and uplifting the economy.

The new WANT requires a redefinition of Growth, to include all people's well-being and using only what the planet offers us as guests of this beautiful earth. As MasterPeace, we are partnering with the https://doughnuteconomics.org/. We work with the MasterPeace clubs in Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Lebanon, Croatia, Kosovo, and Morocco to tailor this methodology focused on social inclusion within the planet's boundaries.
The MasterPeace network in 45 countries will launch a campaign "CooLeaders” to act for climate change. In 2022 our network realized 400 projects with local impact. All focus on engaging, connecting, and empowering thousands of youngsters. We will engage them to start dialogues and actions to meet the challenging ambitions mentioned in the Paris Agreement.
We will raise awareness about the issue's urgency and promote action at the grassroots level. We will continue working with vulnerable communities to ensure that no one is left falling short of life's essentials. That humanity does not collectively overshoot the planetary boundaries that protect Earth's life-supporting systems.
We will advocate for policy changes at the national and international levels and work with governments and businesses to ensure that climate change is integrated into development policies and business plans.
We will co-create with the media to raise awareness about the issue, highlight the innovations already available for vulnerable communities, and continue to work on new solutions. As a global movement, we will scale great ideas from one city to all our changemakers in 45 countries. Scaling is key to speed up transformation
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Life skills for Peace project: How we are empowering young learners  to overcome challenges and promote harmony

Life skills for Peace project: How we are empowering young learners to overcome challenges and promote harmony

masterpeace
On May 15, 2023

In a country like Kenya, where ethnic diversity and social inequalities often lead to conflicts and violence, it is crucial to equip the young generation with the skills and attitudes that can help them cope with everyday challenges and foster peace and harmony in their communities. That is why we launched the Life skills for Peace project in January 2023, with the aim of developing the knowledge and capacity of about 300 school going learners from different ethnicities and regions in Kenya to become resilient in dealing with everyday challenges and become champions within their schools over a period of 8-months in Kajiado, Kisumu and Nairobi.

The project is based on the premise that life skills are essential for personal development, social integration and peaceful coexistence. Life skills are defined by the World Health Organization as"abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demandsand challenges of everyday life". They include cognitive skills (such as critical thinking, problem solving,decision making), interpersonal skills (such as communication, empathy, negotiation) and intrapersonalskills (such as self-awareness, self-management, coping with stress).

The project adopts a participatory and learner-centered approach that involves various stakeholderssuch as teachers, parents, community leaders and local authorities. The main activities of the projectinclude:

- Conducting baseline assessments to identify the needs and gaps of the target learners in terms of life skills.

- Developing a life skills curriculum that covers topics such as Lead Self, socialships, Active listening, celebrating diversity, ethical responsibility, mental health and wellbeing, conflict transformation and non-violence, and Technology.

- Training volunteers on how to facilitate life skills sessions using interactive methods such as games,role plays, debates and group discussions.

- Implementing life skills sessions in selected schools twice a month for one hour each session.

- Organizing inter-school events where learners can showcase their learning outcomes through presentations, exhibitions or performances.

- Evaluating the impact of the project on learners' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to life skills.

The expected outcomes of the project are: - Improved self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience among learners, Enhanced communication, collaboration and conflict management skills among learners, Strengthened leadership abilities among learners who can act as role models or peer educators within their schools or communities, Reduced incidences of violence or bullying within schools or communities.

We believe that by investing in life skills education for young learners in Kenya, we are not only improving their academic performance but also preparing them for their future roles as responsible citizens who can contribute positively to the development of their country. We hope that our project will inspire other organizations or individuals who share our vision of creating a more peaceful and harmonious society through life skills education. This project is implemented in partnership with Kenya Unites, Miss Koch Kenya, Naweza254 and Footprints for Change.

If you want to learn more about our project or support our cause, please visit the website www.masterpeacekenya.org or contact us at hello@masterpeacekenya.org. Thank you!

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Project Clean Travel: Promoting Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Tourism in Bangladesh

Project Clean Travel: Promoting Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Tourism in Bangladesh

masterpeace
On May 14, 2023

 

Project Clean Travel: Promoting Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Tourism in Bangladesh

 

According to the Bangladesh Tourism Board, the number of international tourists visiting Bangladesh has been steadily increasing, with over 2.4 million visitors in 2019, a 10% increase from the previous year. Evidently, the tourism industry in Bangladesh has the potential to drive economic growth while simultaneously promoting environmental sustainability and cultural preservation. However, the concerns about its environmental impact are also taking a new height when many of the popular tourist destinations in Bangladesh face the challenges of littering, waste management, water and energy use, and cultural commodification. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need for sustainable tourism practices, as travel restrictions and reduced tourist numbers have impacted the livelihoods of many people in the tourism industry. That’s where the Project Clean Travel by MasterPeace Travelettes, Bangladesh came in with a motive to address these challenges, ultimately serving as a catalyst to SDG 11 and 13.

The Project is aimed at promoting eco-friendly tourism practices and sustainable tourism initiatives. It involves collaboration with tourism operators, government agencies, and community groups to develop and promote sustainable tourism initiatives that benefit the environment and local communities. The project also emphasizes raising awareness among tourists regarding responsible and sustainable travel practices such as reducing waste, conserving natural resources, respecting local cultures, traditions, and supporting local economies.

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" We need of more climate leaders from every corner of the globe to build a strategic synergy for actions.  "

The project approaches were:

Raising awareness: Educating tourists about the importance of responsible and sustainable travel through awareness campaigns and promotional materials.
Encouraging responsible behavior: Encouraging tourists to follow responsible and sustainable travel practices, such as reducing waste, conserving energy and water, and respecting local culture and traditions.
Community engagement: Engaging with local communities to promote sustainable tourism practices and ensure that tourism benefits the local economy and environment.
Cleanup campaigns: Organizing regular cleanup campaigns in public areas such as parks, beaches, and streets to help remove litter and waste.
Recycling initiatives: Promoting recycling initiatives to help reduce the amount of waste in landfills and encourage a more sustainable lifestyle.

Outcomes
One of the most notable outcomes of the project is the creation of new economic opportunities and jobs in the tourism industry. Sustainable tourism initiatives such as eco-friendly accommodations, local community-based tours, and cultural experiences not only attracted more tourists but also generated more income for local businesses. The regular cleanup campaigns organized by the project ensured that parks, beaches, and streets were kept clean, creating a pleasant environment for tourists to enjoy.

Impact
By encouraging responsible travel practices and sustainable initiatives, this Project has helped to foster a sense of community and social responsibility among the people of Bangladesh, promoting a cleaner and more sustainable way of life. The impact this Project holds is far-reaching, and the successful implementation of the project serves as a model for other regions to promote eco-friendly tourism practices. As climate change has affected many locals in coastal areas as well as other regions, Dr. Shakia Haque and Dr. Manoshi Saha, Founder of MasterPeace Bangladesh highlighted the need of more climate leaders from every corner of the globe to build a strategic synergy for actions.

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Storytelling workshops in een fotografie jasje voor 4 derdejaars Atheneum klassen op het St. Bonifatiuscollege in Utrecht – NEDERLANDS

Storytelling workshops in een fotografie jasje voor 4 derdejaars Atheneum klassen op het St. Bonifatiuscollege in Utrecht – NEDERLANDS

masterpeace
On May 9, 2023

Storytelling workshops in een fotografie jasje voor 4 derdejaars Atheneum klassen op het St. Bonifatiuscollege in Utrecht

In week 16 van 2023 vond de activiteitenweek op het St. Bonifatiuscollege plaats. Na andere succesvolle samenwerkingen met deze school, werden wij wederom uitgenodigd om een programma te vervullen. Dit keer voor ons project Ik ben, Wij zijn, Samen voor een stad zonder muren.
Storytelling workshops en fotografie workshops zijn bekende fenomenen bij MasterPeace, maar deze twee gecombineerd, hadden we nog niet eerder gedaan.

Het doel was om de scholieren bewust te maken van hun eigen belangen binnen hun omgeving en hierbij de scholieren inspireren en anders leren kijken naar hun omgeving. Onder leiding van fotograaf Aad van Vliet kregen de leerlingen een korte cursus over fotograferen, met de focus op het kijken naar beelden en via beeld een verhaal te vertellen. Ook deden ze kleine oefeningen hoe je hierbij metaforen kan inzetten om je verhaal sterker te maken.


Vervolgens gingen de leerlingen zelf op pad met hun telefoon om foto’s te maken van iets dat voor hen belangrijk is in hun omgeving. Het staat de leerlingen vrij om gebruik te maken van metaforen. De foto’s stuurden ze zonder context naar de begeleider en zij zette alle foto’s samen in een moodboard.

Na een klein uurtje kwamen de leerlingen terug naar het lokaal waar we samen een dialoog hebben gevoerd. We keken naar de foto’s waarbij al snel bepaalde dingen opvielen. Deze bespraken we gezamenlijk, en de leerlingen lichten hun metaforen toe. Er werden gesprekken gevoerd over thema’s die voor de leerlingen belangrijk is in hun omgeving. Thema’s over (on)gelijkheid, toekomst, onderwijs, racisme en nog veel meer kwamen naar voren. 


Dit project is mede mogelijk gemaakt door:

*Gefinancierd door de Europese Unie. De hier geuite opvattingen en meningen komen echter uitsluitend voor rekening van de auteur(s) en geven niet noodzakelijkerwijs die van de Europese Unie of het Nationaal Agentschap weer. Noch de Europese Unie, noch het Nationaal Agentschap kan ervoor aansprakelijk worden gesteld.

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