International Day of Peace 2014: meeting different cultures and promoting youth social entrepreneurship

ceipes-international-day-of-peaceOn the occasion of the International Day of Peace, celebrated every year on the 21st of September, CEIPES was present at the “Festival delle Culture: meet me halfway” that took place at Parco Uditore in Palermo.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly, which has declared it to be a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace and non-violence, both within and among all nations and peoples.

In this light, a group of organizations based in Palermo organized the third edition of the “Festival delle Culture”, in which CEIPES took part with a multicultural and international team of ten people coming from Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain and Turkey.

CEIPES’ presence in the Festival was also linked to the local network event “Entrepreneurs for Peace” for the project “Mobilising YOUth: Social Entrepreneurship for Peace (MobYOU)”, in which the participants were present to promote their entrepreneurial ideas. The social business idea of a young entrepreneur participating in the project was promoted through activities aimed at pursuing the objectives of her social enterprise (Trash is Cash), namely educating people in recycling and in respecting the environment.

Therefore, CEIPES’ stand offered a wide range of activities for children, who had the chance to play games with reused materials, as a means of promoting the importance of recycling and reutilization. The activities, which were held throughout the day, included crafting with used materials, storytelling, bowling, memory games and other interactive moments.

As part of the Festival program, CEIPES also animated an Acroyoga flash mob based on the theme of peace, which showed the importance of non-violence and respect for a peaceful society, while impressing the audience that gathered to watch the performance.

CEIPES was also present in the institutional moment, together with the other organizations that were part of the event, calling on the importance of initiatives of this kind to promote intercultural learning and respect for diversity in order to achieve peace.