About the project
The project DISCOVER PEACE IN EUROPE offers what you want to know about civil engagement, peace and democracy.
This website presents smart Peace Trails in seven European cities: Budapest, Manchester, Paris, The Hague, Torino, Vienna and Berlin. These Peace Trails offer discoveries: monuments, buildings and locations that you may have seen before, but now they disclose stories about people and activities with rich engagement for human rights, peace and democracy that took or take place, unknown to most of us.
We want to draw awareness to peace matters. Since the 19th century peace movements have emerged throughout our cities, but seldom with public attention. In an outdoor learning process facts and stories on the peace trails present an important aspect of the history of our civil society and democracy. Most monuments in our cities display "heroes of wars", but peace and human rights are hardly ever subjects for a memorial culture. This discrepancy will become obvious, thus promoting personal reflections on one's own participation. Only a change in thinking will bring about change in actions.
Peace depends on the people. Participation is the indispensable condition for the development of democracy. The peace trails offer information, suggestions and opportunities for an active engagement in democracy building, social competences and peace matters.
Each trail counts 15 locations which allow you as well to personalize the experience according to your personal interests and needs, either changing the order proposed or shortening the number of sites to visit if you run out of time.
In Berlin we invite you to learn about the life and experience of people who in different moments of history have had the courage to stand up and become engaged against poverty, inequality, discrimination and war.
The Berlin Peace Trail has been developed by the Paulo Freire Association and the Paulo Freire Institute. Through our educational work we intend to open up spaces for dialogue in society and to bring about constructive ways of transforming inequalities and discrimination, for a peaceful, respectful and diverse way of living together.
Enjoy your peace trail!
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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