Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Discover Peace in Europe?

1. What is Discover Peace in Europe?

Discover Peace in Europe is a project established to raise public awareness about the importance and actuality of peace and peace history through active engagement and outdoor learning. As a result, Peace Trails are created to discover stories of peace, nonviolence and human rights while walking through the participating cities. The concept relies on democracy, civil society, self-confidence, development of critical thinking, communication, ethics, aesthetics, and courage. The aim is to introduce an alternative and interactive way to address peace and initiate peace commitment at a personal and community level.

This international cooperation started in October 2012 as part of the EU Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme, with the development of 7 Peace Trails in the cities of Berlin, Budapest, Manchester, Paris, The Hague, Torino and Vienna.

 

 

2. What is a Peace Trail?

2. What is a Peace Trail?

A Peace Trail combines the exploration of less well-known parts of a city with acquiring knowledge about the peace history of certain buildings, squares, monuments, etc., in a guided walk. Through our workshops it can be combined with outdoor learning opportunities, discussions, and exchanges.

The Peace Trails are published on the website and in small booklets (both in English and the local language), inviting a city's visitors and citizens to walk to and experience 15 different stations on each trail. They include interesting information and images about peace movements, important historical events, and meaningful peace institutions and civil rights movements of past and contemporary significance.

3. How can I contact the current project organisation?

3. How can I contact the current project organisation?

The local project partners are:

Berlin - Paulo Freire Institut

e-mail: berlin@discoverpeace.eu

Budapest - Vitakultúra Egyesület

e-mail: budapest@discoverpeace.eu

Manchester - Catherine Roberts & Sean Morris

e-mail: manchester@discoverpeace.eu

Paris - Coordination pour l'éducation à la non-violence et à la paix

e-mail: paris@discoverpeace.eu

The Hague - Johanna Ospina & Nike Liscaljet

e-mail: thehague@discoverpeace.eu

Torino - Movimento Internazionale della Riconciliazione

e-mail: torino@discoverpeace.eu

Vienna - Konfliktkultur

e-mail: vienna@discoverpeace.eu

4. I am currently in or travelling to one of the Peace Trail cities. How can I explore the Peace Trail, and where can I get a copy of the booklet?

4. I am currently in or travelling to one of the Peace Trail cities. How can I explore the Peace Trail, and where can I get a copy of the booklet?

There are two ways to experience a Peace Trail. Firstly, you can explore the trail online, here on our website. During your city visit, you can open this website as a mobile app on your smartphone or tablet and explore the trail on your own. Feel free to make a personal selection of places to visit from the 15 offered stations, and design your own route between them. Look for events on the Peace Trail to make your visit even more active (see FAQ #5).

Secondly, you can participate in or place a group request for a Peace Trail workshop, organized by the local project partner (see FAQ #6 for more information).

You can pick up your free copy of the booklet at several places along or involved with the Peace Trail.

In Berlin: Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum & Paulo Freire Institut

In Budapest: Kazimir Info Point & Vitakultúra Egyesület

In Manchester: Visitor Information Centre

In Paris: Coordination pour l'éducation à la non-violence et à la paix

In The Hague: Asser Institute, Humanity House & Peace Palace Visitors Centre

In Torino: Movimento Internazionale della Riconciliazione

In Vienna: Konfliktkultur

5. Are there any upcoming events on one of the Peace Trails?

5. Are there any upcoming events on one of the Peace Trails?

Every now and then, a local project partner organizes a special event on the Peace Trail, often coinciding with anniversaries and other national celebrations. For an updated list of events, we recommend to visit (and follow) our Facebook pages. Or contact the local project partner for more information (see FAQ #3).

Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/discoverpeaceberlin

Budapest: https://www.facebook.com/fedezdfelabeketBudapesten

Manchester: http://www.manchester.gov.uk

Paris: https://www.facebook.com/discoverpeaceinparis

The Hague: https://www.facebook.com/PeaceTrailTheHague

Torino: https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverPeaceTorino

Vienna: https://www.facebook.com/discoverpeace

6. How can I participate in a Peace Trail workshop?

6. How can I participate in a Peace Trail workshop?

Peace Trail workshops combine the content given in the trail with outdoor learning opportunities, discussions, and exchanges. They are developed as group activities that raise public awareness about the importance and actuality of peace, nonviolence and human rights through the active engagement of each individual. Special (thematic) arrangements can be made for schools and organised groups, such as company outings, conference participants, student associations and other communities. Each workshop will hold a minimum and maximum number of participants and will be organised by the local project partner. To participate in, place a group request for, or receive more information about a workshop, please contact the local project partner (see FAQ #3).

7. How were the Peace Trail structures and activities developed?

7. How were the Peace Trail structures and activities developed?

The Discover Peace in Europe partner groups held several meetings, one in each city, to discuss the project strategies and structures. We combined personal expertise with creative thinking and knowledge about civil societies and peace history. During these meetings, we also walked the Peace Trails, discussed its (common) content and practised interactive outdoor activities. Researching many potential Peace Trail stations preceded the selection of 15 stations per city, with pictures and a map. The evaluations afterwards provided the necessary knowledge to design the project booklets and website, disseminate the Peace Trails through adult learning seminars, and to share our expertise with the development of new Peace Trails.

8. How can I support the project?

8. How can I support the project?

Disseminate - Invite your family and friends to join you on a Peace Trail and discuss peace issues mentioned in the booklet/website. Contact a local project partner to join or request a Peace Trail workshop (see FAQ #6). Spread the knowledge about the Peace Trails within your own network. And follow us on Facebook (See FAQ #5)!

Develop - Are you interested in developing a peace trail in your city? We are very motivated and offer our knowledge and experience to support the realisation of new Peace Trails worldwide!

Donate - The EU funding of the Lifelong Learning Programme, which sustained the development of this project in the first three years, ends after September 2015. To continue this project we need your support! Contact one of the local project partners to make a donation.

9. How can I develop a Peace Trail in my city?

9. How can I develop a Peace Trail in my city?

Contact us at office@discoverpeace.eu. There is an international team ready to support and/or manage the development of new Peace Trails in new cities worldwide.

What we offer:

-       general project management

-       support in the selection of Peace Trail stations, and with funding applications

-       design and production of a booklet, and webpage (in local and English languages)

-       workshop trainings in interactive and outdoor peace education on your Peace Trail

-       inclusion in an active and enthusiastic international community

What we ask for:

-       your motivation and dedication for a Peace Trail in your city

-       enthusiastic local project management

-       funding arranged by you/your organisation, for both your and our work/travels

-       valuable content and pictures for the Peace Trail stations

-       a venue and motivated participants for workshop trainings in your city