Peace Education and Action for Impact is a new programme launched by World BEYOND War in collaboration with the Rotary Action Group for Peace in 2021. The second year will take place in 2023.

There are more young people in the world today than ever before. Of the 7.3 billion people across the globe, 1.8 billion are between the ages of 10 and 24. This generation is the largest and fastest growing demographic on the planet. When it comes to building sustainable peace and development, we need the meaningful participation of all generations. However, although increasing numbers of young people around the world are striving for peace and related areas of progress, far too many young people find themselves routinely excluded from peace and security decision-making processes that affect them and their communities. With this in mind, equipping young people with the tools, networks, and support to build and sustain peace is one of the largest, most global and important challenges facing humanity.

In this context, and with regards to the need to bridge the gap between the study of peace as a topic and the practice of peacebuilding as a practice, World BEYOND War (WBW) has created a pilot programme, in collaboration with the Rotary Action Group for Peace (RAGFP), entitled, “Peace Education and Action for Impact’. If successful, we hope to expand this pilot programme and build a network that connects and supports a new generation of peace leaders – young people and adults – equipped to work towards a more just, resilient, and sustainable world.

Yes. $300 per participant (this fee covers a number of elements spanning 6-weeks of online peace education and 8-weeks of training, mentoring, and support related to peace action). Scroll down to pay.

Please note that the first pilot programme is open to participants by invitation only. Apply through your country sponsor. The first pilot programme aims to work with a select group of countries across multiple North-South sites. These include: Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan; Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine; Canada, USA; Colombia, Venezuela. Informed by the outcomes from the first pilot, we intend to implement more programmes in the future, which will be made available to more countries across the globe.

This is a leadership development programme aimed at preparing young people to advance positive change in themselves, their communities, and beyond. A wider purpose of the programme is to respond to emerging trends and contribute to the global Sustaining Peace and Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) agendas in multiple countries. The programme will start in September and span 14-weeks. The programme is organised around two main parts – peace education and peace action – and will involve intergenerational collaboration and cross-cultural learning and action across North-South sites.

In 2021, we completed the inaugural program in 12 countries (Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela).

Key achievements 2021:

  • Built the capacity of 120 young peacebuilders in Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, enabling them to acquire fundamental knowledge and skills related to peacebuilding and leadership.
  • Trained the first cohort of adult professionals (30+) to act as in-country project coordinators and mentors.
  • Coordinated 12 country teams with over 100 hours of guided support to successfully complete more than 15 youth-led peace projects designed to address urgent community needs.

Canada: Conducted interviews and produced a short video on youth homelessness in Canada and how to address it.

Colombia: Implemented ten projects with youth throughout Colombia promoting a vision of Colombia as a multicultural society in a territory of peace. Projects included film screenings, art workshops, urban gardening, and recording a podcast.

Turkey: Held a series of bilingual seminars and discussion groups on building positive peace and using the language of peace

South Sudan: Delivered full-day peace training for south Sudanese urban refugee youth now living in Kenya to develop their skills in community leadership and becoming agents of positive peace

USA: Created a collaborative Album – The Peace Achords – aimed at imparting some of the key strategies toward effecting a more peaceful planet, from exploring the systems at play to how one finds peace with him/herself and others.

Serbia: Conducted surveys and created a pocket guide and newsletter aimed at helping Rotarians to both understand the importance of negative and positive peace and what they need to know and do in order to work towards them.

Russia/Ukraine. Delivered two workshops in Russia and one in Ukraine for elementary schools to enhance relationships and build students’ peacebuilding and dialogue capacities.    

Nigeria. Conducted surveys to understand public perception around school kidnapping and leverage the results to produce policy brief to influence policy makers and the general public around community-centred approaches to security and school kidnapping.

Kenya. Facilitated three workshops for over one hundred children, youth and community members to develop their peacebuilding competencies through a combination of education, arts, play, and cultural activities.

Cameroon. Conducted 4 in-person focus groups and an online survey with youth and women to gather their views on impediments to their involvement in the peace process and suggestions for ways that they be included. The report has been shared with participants and governmental and organizational leaders who work with women and youth.

Venezuela. Conducted an online survey of youth living in condominiums in partnership with to explore youth involvement in leadership with the goal of setting up active listening training sessions in 1-2 condominiums to facilitate problem- solving and increase youth involvement.

Testimony from Past Participants

Structure, Process, and Content of the Program

Part I: Peace Education

Part II: Peace Action

Part 1 of the programme will equip young people (18-35) and adult supporters with foundational knowledge, socio-emotional attitudes, and skills for establishing a just and sustainable peace. It centres around a 6-week-long online course that enables participants to explore the knowing, being, and doing of peacebuilding.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to peacebuilding
  • Understanding systems and their influence on war and peace
  • Peaceful ways of being with self
  • Peaceful ways of being with others
  • Designing and implementing peace projects
  • Monitoring and evaluating peace projects

Please note the module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.

This course is 100% online and interactions are not live or scheduled, so you can take part whenever works for you. Weekly content includes a mix of text, image, video, and audio information. Facilitators and participants utilise online discussion forums to go over each week’s content, as well as to provide feedback on optional assignment submissions.

The course also includes three 1-hour optional zoom calls which are designed to facilitate a more interactive and real-time learning experience. Participation in one or more of the optional zoom calls is required to earn a Certificate of Completion.

Accessing the course. Prior to the start date, you will be sent instructions for how to access the course.


  • Week 1: Introduction to peacebuilding (Sep 6-12) — Dr. Tony Jenkins
  • Week 2: Understanding systems and their influence on war and peace (Sep 13-19) – Donna Fry
  • Week 3: Peaceful ways of being with self (Sep 20-26) – Dr. Yehuda Silverman
  • Week 4: Peaceful ways of being with others (Sep 27-Oct 3) – Scott Martin
  • Week 5: Designing and implementing peace projects (Oct 4-10) – Ximena Murillo
  • Week 6: Monitoring and evaluating peace projects (Oct 11-16) — Greta Zarro and Rachel Small

 World BEYOND War (WBW) Education Director Phill Gittins and other WBW members, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Peace Fellows will be online throughout the 6-weeks helping to provide further input and support.

How much time you spend and how deeply you engage is up to you. At a minimum, you should plan to devote 3-6 hours a week to the course. You can expect to spend 1-3 hours reviewing the weekly content (text and videos). You then have opportunities to engage in the online dialogue with peers and experts. This is where the real richness of the learning occurs, where we have the opportunity to explore new ideas, strategies, and visions for building a more peaceful world together. Engagement in these discussions is required for earning both certificates (see Table 1 below). Depending on your level of engagement with the online discussion you can expect to add another 1-3 hours a week. Finally, all participants are encouraged to complete all six optional assignments (required to earn a certificate). This is an opportunity to deepen and apply the ideas explored each week to practical possibilities. Expect another 1-3 hours a week to complete the assignments, which will be submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for becoming a Certified Peacebuilder.

Part II of the programme builds on Part I. Over the 8-weeks, participants will work in teams to develop, implement, and communicate high-impact peace projects.

Throughout the 8-weeks, participants will engage in ten core activities:

  • Research
  • In-country team meetings
  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Whole programme meetings
  • Peace project mentor training
  • Implementation of peace projects
  • Ongoing mentoring and project check-ins
  • Community celebrations/public events
  • Evaluations of the impact of the work
  • Producing accounts of the projects.

Each team will design a project that addresses one or more of the following strategies for establishing a just and sustainable peace: Demilitarizing Security, Managing Conflict Without Violence, and Creating a Culture of Peace.

How much time you spend and how deeply you engage is up to you. Participants should plan to dedicate between 3-6 hours a week working on their project over the 8-weeks of Part II. During this time, participants will work in intergenerational teams (youth lead, adults guide) to study an issue affecting their community and then develop and implement an action plan that aims to address this issue via a peace project. Young people will benefit from mentoring and guidance throughout the project in terms of the project management process and the production of accounts that explain the project results. There is no magic formula for doing and communicating peace projects, and one general rule that we encourage teams to follow, namely that the process is led by and with young people in collaboration with adults. Throughout this process, teams will present at online ‘reflections groups’ to support cross-cultural sharing and learning. At the end of the 8-weeks, teams will present their work at end-of-programme events.

World BEYOND War (WBW) Education Director Phill Gittins and other WBW members, Rotarians, and Rotary Peace Fellows will be on-hand throughout, helping to support teams to undertake and produce an account of their projects effectively.

$150 covers education and $150 action for one participant. $3000 covers a team of ten plus two mentors.

Registration for the current pilot is only through your country sponsor. We do welcome donations to the program which will help to fund the pilot and expand it in the future. In order to donate by cheque, follow the steps below.

  1. Email Phill and tell him:
  2. Make the cheque out to World BEYOND War and send it to World BEYOND War 513 E Main St #1484 Charlottesville VA 22902 USA.
  3. Make a note on the cheque that the donation is to go towards the ‘Peace Education and Action for Impact’ programme and state the specific country team. For example, Peace Education and Action for Impact programme, Kenya.

The amounts are in U.S. dollars and need to be converted to/from other currencies.

How to Become Certified

The programme offers two types of Certificates: the Certificate of Completion and the Certified Peacebuilder (Table 1 below).

Part I. Participants must complete all six optional weekly assignments and participate in one or more of the optional zoom calls to receive a Certificate of Completion. Facilitators will return the assignment to the participants with feedback. Submissions and feedback can be shared with everyone taking the course or kept private between a participant and the facilitator, at the participant’s choice. Submissions must be completed by the conclusion of Part I.

Part II. To become a Certified Peacebuilder participants must demonstrate that they have worked individually and collectively as a team to undertake and produce an account of their peace projects. Participation in weekly check-ins with country teams, as well as two or more of the ‘reflection groups’, is also required for certification. Certificates will be signed on behalf of World BEYOND War and the Rotary Action Group for Peace. Projects must be completed by the conclusion of Part II.

Table 1: Types of Certificates
x indicates elements of the programme that participants are required to either complete or demonstrate to receive the relevant certificate.

Part I: Peace Education Part II: Peace Action
Essential Components
Certificate of Completion
Certified Peacebuilder
Demonstrate engagement throughout the course
Complete all six optional assignments
Participate in one or more of the optional zoom calls
Demonstrate ability to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate a peace project
Participate in weekly check-ins with country teams
Participate in two or more of the ‘reflection groups’
Demonstrate ability to produce an account of a peace project that explains the process/impact
Demonstrate ability to present work for peace to diverse audiences
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