Session 3 Mentor Guidance – Peace and Cohesion

Notes

A key aim for the Unite Ambassadors is that they encourage themselves, their peers and their communities to become more accepting or others and live together without prejudice, hate or misunderstanding.

By comparing the definitions offered by the young people with the official definitions will give you will get some insight into  the realities that the young people live in. You can also plant ideas that you know are relevant e.g. latest news stories, politician’s actions, local examples of bullying that they may have experience of.

The visual peace activity provides a chance to reflect internationally about peace on a global scale. Other images can be used – they can be selected on strength and should challenge the thinking of the young people

Reflection for the group is important as it encourages them to challenge each other constructively. It is valuable to have healthy discussions as well as to look outside of their own environment and culture.

The concept of cohesion is central to the Unite Ambassadors programme. It is important that prospective Ambassadors understand that this is a major part of their role and that they share this ethos with others.  Cohesion is also something that should be considered when identifying potential social actions.

The content of the various annexes associated with this session can be found below. This enables the content to be translated by the translation plugin available in this site.

Content of Annex 1 What is Peace – Definitions (Word document)

Cut up and ask young people to put these into an order of importance

“Peace is when:

  • Everyone is able to participate in shaping political decisions and the government is accountable to the people.
  • Everyone lives in safety, without fear or threat of violence, and no form of violence is tolerated in law or in practice.
  • Everyone has an equal opportunity to work and make a living, regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other aspect of identity.
  • Everyone has fair and equal access to the basic needs for their wellbeing – such as food, clean water, shelter, education, healthcare and a decent living environment.
  • Everyone is equal before the law, the systems for justice are trusted, and fair and effective laws protect people’s rights.