7th Annual Youth Peace Fest
IYPF 2012 will promote the spirit of volunteering among young people to build bridges of understanding, respect and love for others in order to break the existing barriers and bridge the gaps.
- IYPF 2012 will provide a platform for increased exchange of ideas through greater interaction amongst the participating youth.
- At least 50 per cent of the participants go back with a project idea that they would implement in their community.
- To promote increased sharing of ideas and learn from each other's local initiatives, at least 10 international youth exchange programs will be organized before IYPF 2013.
- As the Peace Clubs in Chandigarh and adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali, similar Peace Clubs will be formed in at least 5 different countries by the participants of IYPF 2012.
- IYPF 2012 will train fifty young people as 'Youth Peace Volunteers' who can further train more and more young people in different countries to carry forward the spirit of volunteering, nonviolence, equity and justice.
MAJOR ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED DURING IYPF 2012
Volunteering & nonviolence for promoting;
1. RESPECT OF OTHERS
2. CLIMATE CHANGE & YOUTH ACTIVISM
3. COMBATING INEQUALITIES
- Peace Talks & Peace Stalls
- Climate Change Action Plan
- Film Shows & Music to UNITE
- HIV/AIDS Awareness programmes
- One World-One Sky Kite Fly
- Art for Peace
- Peace Trainers Training Programme
- Photo & Video contests
- Street plays & Theatre
- Peace Parade
- Make and take crafts
- Multi-cultural performances
IYPF is dedicated to the sacred memory of Didi Nirmala Despande: (October 17, 1929-May 1, 2008) She was a crusader and a great peace icon who believed in building stronger and durable relations among Asian countries.
IYPF is an amalgam of a week of peace-talks, workshops, cooperative-games, action based activities, building relationships, cultural programmes and neigbourhood walks.
Beyond friendships, IYPF is also breeding grounds for inspiring new ideas. Brainstorming new ideas was not limited to discussion forums. Young people also channeled their creativity into posters, pot painting, comics and collages to fully emphasize the issues. The artistic outlet makes a bold statement.
- Now six years of intervention of an annual IYPF has started regular youth exchange program between young people of India with ten other countries of Pakistan, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh, China, USA, Mauritius, Myanmar, UAE & Bhutan.
- IYPF provides young people a platform for increased exchange of ideas, so that they become true global citizens in thinking and action and volunteer to co-create a future equal to their vast potential.
- IYPF further energize the local Peace Clubs in Schools & Colleges of Chandigarh, not only to take active part in the initiative but also to share ideas, network and start campaigns for common good of all.