Methods against War

  • International seminar on antimilitarist education and protest 1-6 June 2022 in Mitrovica (Kosovo)

Movimento Nonviolento is looking for participants for the international seminar “Methods Against War” from 1-6 June 2022 in Mitrovica (Kosovo)!

The training course is a milestone activity of the European project ‘Not Your Soldier’ supported by the European Commission in the Erasmus+ programme.

Would you like to participate in this unique interactive training course based on non-formal education principles?

About the Project

Young people today are affected by militarized contexts: military conscription for youth, especially young men, is in place still in several European countries (such as Austria) and is about to be introduced in others (such as Kosovo). Young refugees arriving in Europe often had to flee from violent conflicts. In some parts of Europe (such as Kosovo), young people themselves still remember war and need to live with its devastating consequences. And in more subtle ways, militarized thinking is present in every young person’s everyday life, be it in video games, military ads or politicians using “war” metaphors when talking about a pandemic.

No war anywhere! While preparing this call for participants, we are horrified at the violence caused by war and militarization. The war in Ukraine shows us how technological progress also means more advanced possibilities of destruction and mass murder. More than ever, we need to stand up against the atrocities, the reality and the threat of warfare, nuclear weapons, arms industries and military conscription. We need to stand in solidarity with those who are directly affected by the violence resulting from them. And we need to become many more who are dedicated to peace, disarmament and diplomacy!

Let’s exchange and develop methods for antimilitarism! This seminar works like a „tool fair“. This means that most of the seminar will be a methods exchange: Participants bring methods for education and protest that they use in their antimilitarist activism and introduce them to the rest of the group. We then reflect on each method and try to find ways how we can use them in our work with volunteers and young people, be it in street protests, school workshops, trainings or volunteering camps.

Networking between antimilitarists around Europe and Southwest Asia. This seminar involves 29 participants, representing 21 organisations and living in 17 countries (Austria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, UK). We want to use this space to bring together organisations from different antimilitarist and peace networks such as SCI, War Resisters International (WRI), which Movimento Nonviolento is part of, International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and others.

Methods Against War unites 20 organisations from 16 countries: (Austria, Kosovo, Italy, Ireland, UK, Serbia, North Macedonia, Spain, Russia, Jordan, France, Greece, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus.

Coordinated by SCI Austria, the project includes Movimento Nonviolento, Fellowship of Reconciliation (England and Wales), GAIA, VOLONTERSKI CENTAR VOJVODINE, Internationaler Versöhnungsbund – österreichischer Zweig, SERVICE CIVIL INTERNATIONAL BRANCHE FRANCAISE, SERVICE CIVIL INTERNATIONAL DE CATALUNYA ASOCIACION, KINISI ETHELONTON SERVICE CIVIL INTERNATIONAL ELLAS, Associazione Azione per la Pace, Spazio per lo sviluppo sostenibile, Organizzazione regionale non governativa per lo sviluppo del volontariato “AYA”, SEIRBHIS DEONACH IDIRNAISIUNTA TEORANTA, UTILAPU NEMZETKOZI EPITOTABOR HALOZAT EGYESULET, SERVIZIO CIVILE INTERNAZIONALE, Ifigeneia Kamarotou, Suomen Sadankomitea ry De Hundras Kommitté i Finland, Regional’naya obshhestvennaya organizaciya sodeistviya grazhdanskim iniciativam “Molodezh’ dlya budushhego”, NEOLEA GIA ANTALAGI KAI KATANOISI, STOWARZYSZENIE JEDEN SWIAT.

We wish to give impulse to better and more European education and activist projects for, by and with young people around peace and non-violence. Youth workers will have created strong networks across several networks involved in this application (SCI, WRI, IFOR, YEU, CCIVS) and created new partnerships and project ideas on a local and European level. They will also have created completely new methods and learned good methods that other youth workers and peace activists around Europe use. We will gather these methods in an addition to the toolkit “Peace on the Streets” that SCI Austria has already published in 2019.

Outcome

As an outcome we would like to add more methods and perspectives to the toolkit „Peace on the Streets“ that SCI has published as the outcome of a training course in Austria in 2019. We also want to develop some concrete follow-up projects together at this seminar.

COVID-19 during the seminar

At this point, we assume that it will be possible to organize the seminar in person in Kosovo in June, but we will have to see how the situation around COVID-19 develops. We will ask all participants to be fully protected from COVID-19 (e.g. vaccinated with booster shot, recently recovered from COVID-19). We will have a hygiene concept for the group during the seminar and will follow all regulations by the authorities.

Participant’s profile

Participants should be antimilitarist activists, educators, trainers, youth workers, staff or active volunteers in the participating organisations. All participants selected for this project should meet the following criteria:

  • be 18 years old or older
  • be able to work in English
  • be interested in the topics of the seminar and have a strong motivation to act as a multiplier
  • able to attend for the full duration of the seminar

We explicitly encourage participants of all classes, educational backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Logistics, financial conditions and sustainability

Simple life: The seminar will take place in Mitrovica, north of Kosovo, in a facility with simple living conditions. You will sleep in a room shared with few other people.

Costs and travel: We can cover all essential costs of the program (including food, travel costs up to a maximum amount per country, visa costs, accommodation and training) through a European project grant by Erasmus+. Your sending organisation might ask for a small participation fee.

Sustainable food: The food we provide will be vegan/vegetarian. This is not just a practical decision, but also an ideological one: SCI and MN believes in the values of sustainability and climate justice – and if we want to contribute to a more peaceful planet, we need to give up on industrialized animal agriculture and its destructive effects on our planet. In the application form you can tell us, if you have any diets, allergies or intolerances that we should be aware of.

Sustainable travels?: This is also why we ask you to come to this training through more sustainable means of transport rather than flying (e.g. by train or bus), if somehow possible. We will give you more guidance on how you can reach the venue, once you are accepted to the seminar.

How to apply?

Applications should be sent to Movimento Nonviolento via mail or filling the form below, which will select their own participant(s) and then accept the application(s). All those accepted will later receive a detailed infosheet (incl. info on how to get to the venue, how to book your travels, more info about the agenda of the project). The deadline for applying is 6 May 2022.

You can download the application form here.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the project and your application, don’t hesitate to contact Daniele at nonviolenzaroma@gmail.com. We are looking forward to your application!