Peace Village 2023
THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2023 AT THE PALAZZO DEI CONGRESSI IN LUGANO
"THE "VILLAGE OF PEACE 2023" RETURNS UPON GREAT REQUEST IN LUGANO: FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOLS, AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS."
After the forced pause due to the pandemic, the “Village of Peace” returns by popular demand. It will take place on Thursday, November 23, 2023, at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano. This educational day is dedicated to schools and focuses on the themes of peace, human rights, and, in particular, the rights of childhood, adolescence, and youth. The Village of Peace is part of the framework of the 11th edition of the “World Forum for Peace,” which will be held from November 18 to December 14, 2023, in various locations in Lugano.
The day, held in collaboration with other associations and professionals in the field, who will share their expertise, will feature 11 workshops on current topics.
At 09.30 there will be the official inauguration of the Peace Village in the presence of renowned guests, followed by two rounds of workshops during the day; from 10.00 to 12.15 and from 1.30 to 16.00. From 12.15pm to 1.30pm there will be a shared lunch, organized by our Association.
The workshops will have a duration of 30-40 minutes, after which there will be a rotation of classes at new stations assigned by our association, with special attention to the requests of the participating schools. All workshops will be adapted to various school settings (elementary, middle, high schools, and professional schools).
We thank the various associations and professionals who are collaborating with us this year: Save the Children, Assefa, Swiss Red Cross, SwissABILITY, Pro Juventute, WWF, AMTIBU, writer Ketty Magni, international pianist Antonio Davì, and Mrs. Suzanne Palermo.
The Culture Ticino Network association of Lugano heartily thanks the City of Lugano, the Department of Health and Social Affairs of Bellinzona, as well as the cantonal program for the promotion of the rights of children and young people for their support.
PROVISIONAL PROGRAM OF THE EVENT
From 8:45 AM:
Welcome of participants at the Palazzo dei Congressi
From 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM:
Official inauguration of the 11th edition of the World Forum for Peace with the participation of renowned guests and a welcome address by our president Margherita Maffeis-Natale. This first part will be enriched by the school choirs of the Bellinzona Middle School, under the direction of teacher Thomas Ghiggia, and the “Crescendo Cantando” school choir of the I.R.M.A Montessori house in Bedano, under the direction of teacher Barbara Busana.
From 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM: First round of workshops
From 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM: Common lunch
From 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM: Second round of workshops
The Culture Ticino Network Association is pleased to present the following workshops as part of the Village of Peace.
THE MAJOR CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE: PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Conducted by A. Margherita Maffeis-Natale, President and Founder of the Culture Ticino Network Association and Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Ticino
This workshop will delve into topics related to the right to quality education, sustainable development, and issues related to the right to live in an environment free from violence and discrimination. We will reflect on the differences between Ticino and the Philippines, where our association supports various projects in collaboration with its sister organization, Culture Ticino Network & Philippines Association in Paombong.
THE SCHOOL AS EDUCATION FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT
Conducted by Katharina Kindler, ASSEFA (UN-recognized NGO)
This workshop will consist of a video interaction that, through real-life examples, aims to uncover the true meaning of Indian culture, starting from the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
ON THE PATH TOWARDS PEACE
Conducted by Marco Barzaghini, Friends of Ticino for Burundi (AMTIBU)
In the first part, there will be a presentation of the association through a PowerPoint presentation. In the second part, the “Music Unites” project will be introduced, which gives young people in Burundi the opportunity to write songs and create music videos remotely with young people from Ticino. In the third part, each participant will write on a card a gesture of peace that they commit to practicing in their daily lives.
WRITING AND READING AS MEANS OF COMMUNICATION TO LIVE AND DEFEND PEACE VALUES
Conducted by Ketty Magni, writer
During the workshop, various narrative proposals related to the theme of peace and human rights will be analyzed with the aim of using books, considered as friends, to promote the value of reading and writing as communicative tools. The goal is to gain familiarity with reading and writing, to expand the mind and broaden cultural horizons, create awareness among young people, and develop critical thinking.
PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS: A LIFEPATH
Conducted by Suzanne Palermo – Illustrator and Author for Children, with musical collaboration by Pinuccia Soffientini – Music Therapist
This workshop is based on the theme: Peace and Human Rights: A Lifepath. Using two focused images and five key tools, it engages young people in exploring the meaning and importance of Human Values as a path of awareness and self-discovery; awareness that forms the basis of human rights, as well as well-being and peace.
THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
Conducted by Pro Juventute
During the Pro Juventute workshop, participants will reflect on the Convention on the Rights of Children. Activities will be tailored to the participants’ ages. This will be an opportunity to present Pro Juventute’s projects and its Pedagogical project.
The project descriptions will be accompanied by articles, images, or videos.
WHEN DREAMS BRING FORTH HOPE
Conducted by Nicole Rossi and Roberto Agosta, Executive Director of the SwissABILITY Association
The SwissABILITY Association offers a workshop on the topic of human rights, with a particular focus on the right to health, the right to adequate living conditions, including suitable housing, and the right to non-discrimination.
THE BIRTH OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
Conducted by Save the Children
The purpose of the workshop is to introduce participants to the Rights of the Child. They will also discover that these rights apply to all individuals and that they were born and co-developed in Switzerland.
Students will realize that each person is capable of contributing in some way to the promotion and support of the Rights of the Child.
FUTURE GENERATIONS IN THE FIGHT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPECT
Conducted by WWF Youth
Climate change, deforestation, oceans filled with waste, and the loss of biodiversity are issues that concern everyone. The interactive activities by the WWF Youth group are designed to raise awareness about the impact of our daily habits (diet, waste, electricity, etc.) on the future of the Earth, our home.
Swiss Red Cross offers two different workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon!
MORNING: THE PLANET EARTH AS A GLOBAL VILLAGE; A WORLD OF PEACE AND UNITY
Conducted by Grazia Calanoce, Swiss Red Cross Section of Sottoceneri
In this workshop, various expressive-creative activities will be proposed for children and teenagers. Through drawings, collages, and role-playing games, participants will be encouraged to express their vision of a peaceful world and reflect on the values of peace and human rights. The goal is to promote unity, solidarity, and non-violent conflict resolution so that they can contribute to building a better world.
AFTERNOON: PRACTICAL EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP
Conducted by Alessandra d’Angelo, Swiss Red Cross of Sottoceneri
The proposed activity is experiential and directly involves CRSS operators, asylum seekers, and refugees. A practical workshop will be conducted where participants can reflect on the theme of peace and human rights.
HARMONIES OF RIGHTS: ILLUMINATING CHILDREN’S HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH IMAGES AND SOUNDS
Conducted by Antonio Davì, internationally renowned pianist
Participants will have the opportunity to journey through captivating photographs and short videos to explore children’s human rights. Through guided discussions, an inclusive space will be created to reflect on the meaning of each image and video, exploring the context and implications of the depicted children’s human rights. By sharing ideas, experiences, and perspectives, an inspiring dialogue will be opened.