The Traveling Peace Camp is a project aimed at the comprehensive support, cultural and psychological development of the children whose lives have been affected by the warfare in East Ukraine. Its participants will be the adolescents from 13 to 17 who won the qualifying competition and displayed active civic standing among the peers. The camp’s tasks are the education of critical and project thinking and all-Ukrainian identity, training in peacebuilding competencies, support of creative self-expression, and promotion of social proactivity.
The concept of the camp intertwines with Ukraine’s motto as the host of Eurovision 2017: Celebrate Diversity, given that 26 camp participants will travel across the country changing the locations from Galicia (village of Unizh, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast) to the Black Sea coast (village of Serhiivka, Odesa Oblast).
The children will learn about the historical and cultural heritage of the Subcarpathian and Bessarabian regions, look into the orignis of military conflicts in the past and present through the prism of the history of the Khotyn and Akkerman Fortresses, as well as the ancient Greek city of Tyras. The program of the camp includes walking tours, discussions, and workshops. The kids will share their impressions and ideas with the team of professional filmmakers and produce a movie together with them en route.
We are going to encourage the teenagers to ask questions and also propose several topics for debate:
- What makes people go to war?
- How do we define “us” and “them”? Is this our own choice?
- What does it mean to be Ukrainian?
- What is national and local pride? How does “pride” differ from “arrogance”? What is worth to be proud of?
- Are there transhistorical enemies or friends?
- How can we protect themselves from historical manipulations that incinerate or deepen hostility?
The camp will be held from 31 July to 13 August 2017. Its locations have all the necessary conditions for physical recreation: swimming in the river and the sea, sunbathing on the beach, fresh air, and healthy eating. A trip of one child costs 400 OM (1 OM = 25 UAH ≈ $1)