Peace village

Peace Village 2024

THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2024 AT THE PALAZZO DEI CONGRESSI IN LUGANO

"THE "VILLAGE OF PEACE 2024" RETURNS UPON GREAT REQUEST IN LUGANO: FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOLS, AND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS."

(Registration deadline: October 15, 2024 to the following email: info@maffeisnetwork.ch)

Cost per person: CHF 10.00 / including lunch

Attention: Due to limited spaces, please register as soon as possible!

On Tuesday, November 5, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, due to popular demand, the “Peace Village” returns at the Lugano Palazzo dei Congressi. This educational day is dedicated to schools on themes of peace and human rightsspecifically focusing on children’s, youth’s, and adolescence rights. The Village of Peace is part of the 12th edition of the “World Forum for Peace”, taking place from November 5 to November 28, 2024, across various locations in Lugano. Our Association is Partner of the Third World March for Peace and Nonviolence, starting October 2, 2024, and concluding January 5, 2025, in Costa Rica. We are pleased to announce that an international delegation from the March will visit Lugano for the first time during our main events of the World Forum for Peace: the Peace Village on November 5, 2024, and the cultural evening featuring the Round Table with renowned international guests and speakers, followed by a Solidarity Gala Dinner on Saturday, November 9, 2024, at the Hotel de la Paix in Lugano.

This year’s Village of Peace will be especially significant with a program allowing all participants, especially children and youth, to convey a strong and clear message to the world about war decisions. The day will feature collaboration with other associations and industry professionals, who will contribute their expertise, including 12 workshops on current topics.

The official opening of the Peace Village will start at 9:30 AM with distinguished guests in attendance, followed by two workshop sessions: from 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM and from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. A shared lunch organised by our association will take place from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM.

Each workshop will last approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by class rotations to new stations assigned by our association, considering the preferences of participating schools from various educational backgrounds (special education, secondary schools, high schools, and vocational schools).

We extend our gratitude for the important collaboration of various associations and professionals partnering with us this year: Friends of Ticino for Burundi (AMTIBU), Friends of APROSEM (Senegal), Association for Sarva Seva Farms (ASSEFA India), FRASI Association, KALKIDAN Association, Centre for Discrimination Prevention, PEN Centre Association (war journalists), Swiss Red Cross, educator and author Ivan Magnani, children’s book illustrator and author Suzanne Palermo, SOS Children’s Helpline, and Montessori School “La casa di Irma” in Bedano.

Culture Ticino Network Association of Lugano warmly thanks the City of Lugano, the Department of Health and Social Services of Bellinzona, and the cantonal program for promoting children’s and youth rights for their support.

The day’s programme is currently being finalised. Below is the provisional schedule:

 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME OF THE EVENT

From 8:45 AM:

Welcome of participants at the Palazzo dei Congressi

From 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM:

Official inauguration of the 12th edition of the World Forum for Peace with the participation of renowned guests and a welcoming address by our president Margherita Maffeis-Natale

From 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM: First round of workshops

From 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM: Lunch together and activities in the square of the Palazzo dei Congressi

In case of good weather will be realized in the square the “peace symbol” with all participants, taken from above with a drone.

From 1:45 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 Peace Village.

Workshop 1

“THE IMPORTANCE OF PEACE”

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 aims to delve into current issues related to the culture of peace and the rights of future generations, giving students the opportunity to freely express their opinions.

Workshop 2

“THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE! – THE RIGHT TO NON-DISCRIMINATION”

Curated by Mariaelena Biliato, Head of the Centre for the Prevention of Discrimination (CPD)

Through role-playing games, the children will work together to learn and understand the right to equal treatment. At the end of the day, there will be a collective poster where each participant will have been able to share their thoughts.

Workshop 3

“ARE YOU LISTENING? PAY ATTENTION, IT’S MY RIGHT”

Curated by For Resilience Associazione Svizzera Italiana (FRASI)

Articles 12 and 13 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child will be analysed using the Photolangage technique, and there will be interactive activities for the participants.

Workshop 4

“RESPECT AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS”

Curated by Paolo Frangi and Tina Mantovani, S.O.S. Children’s Helpline Association

In collaboration with Lidia Canonico (President of La Sorgente Association) and Dr. Myriam Caranzano (Former Director of the ASPI Foundation).
The workshop will present the work carried out by the Association, what happens when a report is received, and what support is offered afterward.

Workshop 5

“A WINDOW ON PEACE”

Curated by Sergej Roic, Delegate of the Writers for Peace Committee – PEN Centre

The theme of peace, children’s rights, freedom of expression will be introduced and discussed with the students. Children and young people will have the opportunity to interact and express their ideas, leading to a common final point.

Workshop 6 (morning)

“POINTS OF VIEW: Peace and Rights According to the New Generations”

Curated by Erika Sutera Fogliani, Swiss Red Cross, Sottoceneri Section

Following the presentation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a practical workshop will be conducted, allowing participants to reflect on the themes of Peace and Rights.

Workshop 6 (afternoon)

“WHAT DOES PEACE SYMBOLISE? EQUALITY AND RESPECT FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS”

Curated by the Association Kalkidan

During the interactive sessions, different perspectives on the meaning of the word Peace in the struggle for survival and the word Rights will be highlighted.

Workshop 7

“PEACE BEGINS WITH ME – Practical Strategies”

Curated by Suzanne Palermo, Children’s Illustrator and Author

With musical collaboration by Pinuccia Soffientini, Music Therapist
Through a group exercise, participants will learn to manage their emotions and focus on human values that lead to achieving peace and harmony among us.

Workshop 8

“TRAVELLING TO UNDERSTAND – Images Help Us Understand”

Curated by Friends of APROSEM and Bodoni Paravia

Images and videos depicting the daily lives of people in Senegal will be shown to highlight the rights of children’s development and growth.

 

Workshop 9

“EDUCATION AND NONVIOLENCE THROUGH THE PHILOSOPHY OF MAHATMA GANDHI”

Curated by Katharina Kindler, ASSEFA (Association for Sarva Seva Farms)

The project related to the culture of nonviolence implemented in some Indian schools will be presented, aiming to educate young people on the importance of protection against all forms of violence and the recognition of education.

Workshop 10

“SPORT AS AN ASSERTION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS”

Curated by the author Ivan Magnani

Through Mr. Magnani’s book presentation, the theme of prejudices will be addressed, aiming to raise awareness and broaden the cultural horizons of youth.

Workshop 11

“YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE FUTURE”

Curated by Marco Barzaghini, Friends of Ticino for Burundi (AMTIBU).

There will be a presentation of the book “In Burundi There is Life” and of the project “Music is Unity” to raise awareness among young people about the situation in Burundi, where despite the complexity, the will to live is strong.

Workshop 12

“EDUCATION IS THE WEAPON OF PEACE”

Curated by Giovanna Astolfi and Barbara Busana, Montessori School “La Casa di Irma”

Artistic laboratory “Logo of peace”. The union of all participants will turn into a collective work of art, rich in colors and emotions.

Images related to the Village of Peace.

Peace Village

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