(Documenting) Nonviolent Strategies in (Youth) Social Movements

Call for Participants for " (Documenting) Nonviolent Strategies in (Youth) Social Movements ” Training In Spain

Date:  25th November-02th December 2012

Topic :  (Documenting) Nonviolent Strategies in (Youth) Social Movements

Place:  Molí de Mar, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)

Partners : Jordan , Algeria , Italy , Netherlands , Egypt and Spain

Number of Participants from DNB: 2

Project Description:

 The training course "Nonviolent Strategies in (Youth) Social Movements" will bring together 18 youth leaders from 6 organisation from 6 EuroMed countries with the aim of exploring how young people can visualise and document strategies of nonviolence and conflict resolution by peaceful means, and analyse how it is related to the learning of values, rights and the development/building of democratic citizenship among youth.
By looking at the different methods and resources used by youth in the revolutionary movements in the EuroMed, the project aims to compile these experiences, and give youth an opportunity to share their lessons learnt.

Another key feature of this project is the analysis and reflection regarding the sources of the different channels of shaping youth citizenship, forging an oppositional and transformative discourse taking into account the limited degree of the changes that society requires and demands for the benefit of all.
Young people have played a great role in these social movements – this training hopes learn from their experience, and build a platform of solidarity for future challenges to come.


This training aims to take a thorough analysis of non-violent strategies carried out by members of youth / civil society in the Euromed space (Egypt, Spain, Tunisia) to promote a movement for change, an unprecedented movement with social and political impact, not only at home but throughout the region and the world. The rebellion that started in Tunisia, continued in Egypt and Libya, and that now characterizes the North African and other Arab countries farthest from the Mediterranean area but directly influenced by it, determines an inflection point (and event that changes the way we think and act) in the history of these countries and the transformation of the European/Western political thought in this regard.

The theme of citizen participation among youth and its impact on socio-political space- directly or indirectly - has been the subject of reflection based on observation of concrete practices since the height of the Egyptian revolution.

Building up on these developments, the training aims to bring into light those methodologies, strategies and resources that have turned young citizens into "doers" or “actors” and not only as passive observers of our slowly deteriorating societies. This presupposes the existence of democratic values or its establishment thereof, which would become the beneficiary as well as manager of the changes that society requires and demands for the benefit of all.

In the case of Egypt, the vast representation coming from many groups - most of them invisible and highly vulnerable – for example, the “youth,” form a new panorama in the traditional socio - pedagogical perspective of Arab countries as well as from the political and cultural aspect. These youth have used their interpersonal and social networking skills to serve the demands of citizens irrespective of gender, social class or educational level. Partners of this project are brought together by a common interest in the field of nonviolence, social movements and peace building in the EuroMed region. Partners were approached by the lead organisation and once of its mentors, Alicia Cabezudo, with the idea about the project. There was no open call for partners for this project (as we usually have), since the project is aimed at looking at social movements in a limited number of countries.

1) A draft document on action-research about nonviolent strategies in the EuroMed - a tangible result that can be shared to other learning situations and other countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region. (Document available online)
2) A compilation of case studies and good practices related to young people´s experience in youth movements and in promoting nonviolent strategies
3) Learning audit of participants experience
4) Action-Research methodology
5) Draft plan for ongoing research in the field (Egypt)

Travel Cost: You will pay 100% from travel cost and during the project you will get 70% refund- Maximum amount to be reimbursed (70%) is 280 Euros .

Visa Cost: You will pay 100% of the visa cost and during the project you will get 100% refund

Training Fees : 50 Euros

DNB Participation Fees : 100 LE  ( Will be paid to DNB before the project )

Who Can Apply?

Participant should be:

-         DNB Member

-         Participated in “Saffer Masr” Course

-         Active member with DNB Activities

Profile of participants:
- age between 18 and 35 years,
- good command of English, (training will be in English)
- motivation to participate in the preparation, realization and evaluation of the training course,
- background in the field of research, social advocacy, activism, etc.
- experience in the field of nonviolent resistance/democratic participation/social activism is highly needed

If you are interested , please fill this online application

 (Documenting) Nonviolent Strategies in (Youth) Social Movements

Note : Please Call the Embassy to reverse an appointment for the visa just to be on the safe side as it will takes a long time . Then you can cancel it if you are not selected .

Deadline for receiving the applications is Friday 21st September 2012



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