The dialogue camps of the Peace School of Monte Sole, organized in collaboration with our partners, are mainly aimed at youngsters between the age of 16 and 25 coming from different countries, European or others, and they are either based at the Peace School headquarter or abroad, in the facilities of our partner organizations.
Since a few years, the Foundation promotes residential projects also for adults.

Peace in four voices

This project began in the early 90s and is based on the meeting of 40 boys/girls from Italy, Germany, Israel, and Palestine at Monte Sole (10 participants per country). The key aspect of the camp was and is to meet boys/girls from areas that are currently in conflict, in which the possibilities of contact between people from opposing parties (such as Israelis and Palestinians, Serbs and Kosovo-Albanians) is very limited. The aim was and is to simplify the establishment of contacts between youngsters. Italians and Germans, who are not living in conflicted areas today, but whose countries have been in conflict in the past, in order to show a peaceful living together. Italy and Germany, and their citizens, through a long process of elaboration of their memories and stories on an individual and a collective level, in fact, have reached a certain level of esteem for each other and forms of reconciliation.

The 40 youngsters meet at Monte Sole as individuals, as human beings and not as representatives of their countries of origin: that’s what is extraordinary about this camp. Meeting on a personal level helps to get rid of an ethnic/national identity and to redefine in a more open-minded and complex way, which allows us to realize that we are all on the same side, of human beings, with desires, aspirations, emotions, different and similar at the same time. Thus, the conflict is not only faced directly but also through the daily experiences of each and everyone, their memories, their points of view. Always on a personal level.

The activities are exclusively workshops. By working in small groups of up to 4-5 people you allow an active participation of all in discussions and the productions of creative thoughts. An effort towards creative cooperation is an indispensable tool for a real confrontation and an actual settlement between different opinions and points of views within a working group. The request to produce something practical and creative (a performance, a song, a poster etc…) inevitably creates a cooperative effort, which leads to a result. The difficulty this effort bares is very instructional and brings the understanding of the particular difficulties and fascination of working together. 

Another key idea behind the planning of the camps is one of the memories and their revision. That’s why, the day which is dedicated to the consciousness of the memory of Monte Sole and the historical context in which memory is inserted, is a key aspect in every camp. It allows you to initiate a reflection of individual memories, personal responsibility, the mechanisms of violence, the necessity of memory and oblivion. Trough reflections in workshops, the discussions about the memories of Monte Sole become an opportunity to speak about these conflicts nowadays, especially under consideration of personal painful memories which can be dealt with by sharing within the group, but also by speaking at length about the situations in their countries of origin.

Camp 4 voices 2002(Italian, German, Israelian and Palestinian youngsters)

Camp 4 voices 2004 (Italian, German, Serbian and Kosovo-Albanian youngsters)

In the magazine “The Public Historian” (University of California Press) was an article published in 2008 about the project “Peace in 4 voices”.  click here

Common Europe

The project of camps started with the “Pace a 4 Voci” and has grown considerably over the past 5 years. It has also developed along the work with European citizenship and opened for participants from lots of different countries from all over the European Union and countries from the Balkan area.

European Youth Weeks

This camp takes place in Heppenheim, in the German region of Hessen, with the participation of boys and girls from different countries of the European Union and bordering counties to discuss human rights and European policies.

The School of Peace has been involved in this project since 2002, made possible and successful with the support of the government Hessen.

CreARTing Common Europe

Memory and history are starting points for a reflection on mechanisms of violence and war, and the individual responsibility by doing so is necessary to build a culture of peace, social harmony, and solidarity, in which everyone feels welcome to play an active role in. Camps with European partners start by visiting the sites of the massacre of Monte Sole and a thorough research of the above-mentioned topics, then we continue with an analysis of the experiences of post-war national democratic development. Through the analysis of the historical context and the debate, which led to the construction and the production of the national democratic constitution and through the analysis of the fundamental principles of the constitutional treaty, the goal is to create a space for a critical reflection of the practical implementation and actualization of those principles, of the limits and resources of our common life. All those different experiences become clearer when different thoughts are shared, and through confrontation on a daily basis they show, the inconsistency and the possibility for change, which we all aim for. All in all, the camp is a creative work, which asks all participants to take an effort for an intellectual working and to believe in the “project” and the “here and now” we all want. The methodology of the camps requests the workshops to be in small mixed groups with reflections all together at the end. An essential part of the educational project is the support and the simplification of the coexistence and the creation of a small community.

#EU2030 – The Europe that will be 

The historical knowledge of the processes, events, and protagonists of 1944 serves also in this camp as a stimulus for a profound reflection on the mechanisms that led to those events.

The idea is to offer a suitable space and time for comparing the many different concepts and definitions related to the idea of the European Union, often seen as a distant and bureaucratic entity. The idea is therefore also to offer the possibility to young people from different cultural and political backgrounds to confront each other on stereotypes and prejudices so often reproduced and strengthened, developing the awareness of their irrationality and a possibility of change. Article 2 of the European Constitution itself states that the Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of people belonging to a minority. These values are common to the Member States in a society characterised by pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and equality between women and men. What many young people have in common, however, is the perception of extreme remoteness and powerlessness with respect to institutions that, instead of being perceived as an expression of shared choices, seem to be restrained bureaucratic machineries of power. Moreover, this perception is not only transversal to national belonging but also to the social background of young people: it is not possible to fully perceive how the European aspect influences daily life. So here’s the question: Can this be discussed? What are the origins, what is the path, what is the very nature of this thing called Europe? How can we be present? How to be, in essence, protagonists of our present and our future? These thoughts are accompanied by a great feeling of bewilderment and fear that is continually fed by politics and the mass media, feelings that lead not to open oneself up to the outside world but rather to close oneself off as rich towards the other and the “different”. Which is almost an implosion of the very concept of Europe. So instead of immediately addressing the institutional profiles of the EU, a programme will be drawn up that is preparatory to the concept of citizenship, participation, and openness to “the other”.