In order to get certified as Generations For Peace Pioneer, each delegate, in close cooperation with Generations For Peace staff, has to plan and deliver one or more Generations For Peace programmes, explained below:
Advocacy Event: Hosting an advocacy meeting or event
The Advocacy Event could be a one-day conference, seminar, workshop, lecture or presentation. Content includes discussion on tolerance, understanding, and peace; an introduction to Generations For Peace programmes; and promotion of sport as a tool for peace building. Attendees may include individuals working in development, sport or peace field; representatives of various governmental or non-governmental organisations; faith-based groups; educational representatives; sport institutions; members of the media; youth leaders; teachers; and parents. In most cases, this Event will serve as the first contact members of the community will have with Generations For Peace. Delegate can invite other speakers/lecturers from the community to join, such as influential community representatives, and sport role models. A very successful technique has been to include other Generations For Peace delegates or Peace Pioneers to talk about their experiences in what they are doing in their communities. The purpose of the event is to build understanding of and support for Generations For Peace programmes by helping people relate to what a delegate want to do in order to build peace within the community.
Sport Event: Hosting a sport event
The Sport Event aims at bringing together community members; parents; youth; children; and is oriented towards messages of peace, acceptance and tolerance. A sample sport event is one-day tournament including lots of sport activities of different level and content for a large number of participants. Large numbers of participants and variety in activities allow for making diverse teams, such as children from different religions or ethnic backgrounds, or girls and boys playing together. When organising and staging the Sport Event, it is important to involve available community members and, if having a lot of children taking part in the Event, their parents as well. This will help build future leaders and supporters for the peace building programmes. The Sport Event is easily combined with the Advocacy Event or any other training programme, as it often serves as an entry point for communities to get engaged in sport activities.
Sport Programme for Children and Youth: Hosting a sport programme to involve mainly children and youth
The Sport Programme for Children and Youth may seem similar to the Sport Event, but this is a training programme which has, as a main difference, duration. Contrary to the Sport Event, the Sport Programme for Children and Youth must be delivered as a recurrent activity staged over a period of at least two months, and can be paired with any other training programme. It brings children and youth from different sides of the divide together, and using sport it helps instil tolerance and respect between them by showing them common grounds and shared values that exist despite their differences. The Sports Programme for Children and Youth promotes different sports and various games, play, and traditional games that are easy for children and youth to identify with, and passes on the message of tolerance and common bonds. Different sports from Generations For Peace sport programme can be used, such as athletics, basketball, football, softball, table tennis, volleyball, as well as other sports adapted to local culture and traditional games. This programme is easily combined with any other training programme; for example, it can be delivered after a delegate has implemented Working with Children and Youth, as it represents valuable experience for the trainees, and for delegate an opportunity to supervise them and see how they have integrated the training that was given to them. It can also be prepared in advance of other programmes, for example, if combined with other programme such as Train the Trainer.
Advocacy and Partnerships Programme: Training Advocates [for peace; peace building and sport; and partnership building]
This training programme serves to introduce Generations For Peace, outlining its objectives and key messages with a focus on how to use sport as a peace building vehicle. Apart of providing basic training on use of sport for peace building and peace building itself, the delegate trains advocates on how to promote the Generations For Peace, and how to secure support and local partnerships. This programme can be implemented alone or easily combined with the Advocacy Event: for example, step 1 would be the Advocacy Event; in step 2, the best candidates from those who attended the Event should be selected for further learning and working with Generations For Peace; step 3 would be to implement this programme and fully train them as advocates to help spread the message and facilitate partnerships using the materials provided by Generations For Peace.
Working with Children and Youth Programme: Training Instructors [to work with children and youth; run or assist with Sport Event or Sport Programme for Children and Youth]
Training Instructors aims to train selected leaders on how to implement effectively a Working with Children and Youth Programme. Adult learning techniques, sport specific teaching and peace building techniques are used to prepare these instructors for social and sport-play activities aimed at helping children and youth from various backgrounds bond together. Complementing perfectly the Sport Programme for Children and Youth, this training programme fits delegates with specific background, such as educators, who are at ease when dealing with children or youth and want to invest themselves more in this area. The Instructor training includes a series of educational sessions that combine lectures, team and individual work and mentoring, all with the aim of learning how to communicate with children/youth, make them feel safe, respect their needs, and let them grow and develop peacefully.
Train the Trainer Programme: Training Adult Trainers [to cascade the learning to other adults]
This is the most complex and time-demanding training programme that aims to train future adult trainers who can in turn train others and help cascade Generations For Peace further. The Train the Trainer programme contains all components of other aforementioned programmes, and specific adult-learning techniques, therefore represent the most complete training. Being the most demanding one, it is recommended that those who have already been working with adults and understand the requirements of adult learning undertake this programme.