PEACEJAM CONFERENCES 

PeaceJam youth leadership conferences are life-changing weekends where youth have the opportunity to work directly with a Nobel Peace Prize winner to inspire change in themselves, their communities, and the world. Each conference brings together hundreds of like-minded youth to learn directly from a Nobel Peace Prize winner, participate in workshops, and engage in service projects that address the toughest issues facing their communities.

PeaceJam Youth Conferences are hosted annually in PeaceJam regions around the world — where youth participate in year-round PeaceJam educational programming and implement service projects in their communities with training and support from the PeaceJam Foundation.


 SOUTH AFRICA

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ABOUT THE PEACEJAM SOUTH AFRICA KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Máiread Corrigan Maguire, along with Betty Williams, was awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the decades of violence in Northern Ireland between Protestants and Catholics. She became an advocate for peace after the tragic death of two of her niece and nephews. She organized peace marches that led to dialogues between divided communities and widespread grassroots peace initiatives.

 

WHEN

October 8, 2016 - October 9, 2016

WHERE

Cape Town, South Africa

 

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA

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In some regions of Southern and Eastern Africa, as much as 25% of the population is infected with the AIDS virus. Two South African teenagers, with Desmond Tutu as their inspiration, are using music and dance to educate their peers about the importance of getting tested. Through concerts and conferences they are working to stop the spread of AIDS in their city of 1 million people.

Your support funds more projects like this in South Africa-- please give generously!

 


EAST TIMOR

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ABOUT THE PEACEJAM EAST TIMOR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Jose Ramos-Horta was awarded the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his sustained efforts to end the oppression of the East Timorese people.  After Portuguese decolonized the small Asian country of East Timor, Indonesia invaded, leading to 24 years of brutal occupation.  Ramos-Horta spent years in exile, trying to secure support for his country and eventually convinced the European Parliament to call for the withdrawal of Indonesian troops, release of political prisoners, and democratic elections.  Ramos-Horta served his country as its first Foreign Minister and as its second President.

 

WHEN

TBD

WHERE

Dili, East Timor

 

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT IN EAST TIMOR

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Nearly 90% of the population of East Timor lives on less than $1 a day, and only 15% of its once-lush tree cover remains standing since the devastating Indonesian occupation. A teenager, Vidal, is leading is leading a project to teach youth how to plant and nurture teak and sandalwood trees for export, creating jobs and tackling deforestation at the same time. He looks to Nobel Laureate and former president Jose Ramos-Horta for inspiration.

Your support funds more projects like this in East Timor-- please give generously!

 


 INDIA

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ABOUT THE PEACEJAM INDIA KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights and education advocate and an activist against child labor. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children in 144 countries.

 

WHEN

March 2017

WHERE

Delhi, India

 

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT IN INDIA

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By 2025, it is estimated that nearly one-third of the population of India will not have access to clean water. Under the guidance of the Dalai Lama, these Tibetan students worked with the local government and community stakeholders to bring clean water to a slum community of over 300 people and to educate residents about how to conserve this precious resource.

Your support funds more projects like this in India-- please give generously!


GUATEMALA

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ABOUT THE PEACEJAM GUATEMALA KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Rigoberta Menchú Tum is the first Indigenous woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  After losing several family members to violence in Guatemala, Menchú Tum worked hard to end the fighting and to secure basic rights for the Mayan people in her country, including fair wages and protection of their land. In 1992 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work as a peaceful advocate of indigenous people’s rights in Central America and for her leadership among indigenous peoples worldwide.

 

WHEN

May 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016 ---> COMPLETED!

WHERE

Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT IN GUATEMALA

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Continuing the fight for indigenous rights in Guatemala, high school student Fernando worked on the campaign to get Nobel Laureate and indigenous Mayan Rigoberta Menchu Tum elected as president of the country. Though they lost the election, Fernando developed skills which he intends to use in local political campaigns to fight for the equal treatment of indigenous Guatemalans.

Your support funds more projects like this in Guatemala-- please give generously!

 


 GHANA

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ABOUT THE PEACEJAM GHANA KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Leymah Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her nonviolent efforts to end the civil war in Liberia. Outraged by the senseless violence caused by the civil war in her country, Gbowee became a leading voice for peace. Gbowee's outreach to Christian and Muslim women led to the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace Movement, which eventually turned the tide and led to peace accords, as well as the election of the first female head of state in Africa.

 

WHEN

June 24, 2016 - June 25, 2016 ---> COMPLETED!

WHERE

Accra, Ghana

 

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT IN GHANA

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In response to the worst Cholera outbreak their city had seen since the 80s, one PeaceJam group in Ghana took up brooms and shovels to clear and sanitize the city’s gutters and held a public forum to educate the community about the importance of sanitary conditions and hygiene in preventing disease outbreaks. Overwhelming positive response led them to expand their efforts to educate their community about the Ebola virus.

Your support funds more projects like this in Ghana-- please give generously!