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Forgotten Diaries

Forgotten Diaries is a highly acclaimed new project that aims to shed light on and raise global awareness of the lives of children and young people growing up in forgotten conflict zones: wars that

1. Project summary
Summary: 

‘Forgotten Diaries’ is a long-term initiative with a one-year pilot project, and its objectives are as follow:

 
·        Select five young people aged 15-29 from each of ten of the most pressing conflict zones, making sure to represent a variety of points of view, backgrounds, ethnicities and gender balance, and offer them a one-month online training course on basic reporting techniques and on the ICTs and tools to be used throughout the project (blogs, podcasts, videos and other), releasing a certificate at the end of it. Two more trainings are offered on “Project Management and Leadership Skills” and “Story Telling”.
 
·        Develop a website which will be used as a unique tool through which the neglected voices of youth in conflict zones will be heard by the global audiences and interested parties in the media and online. Focused campaigns and advocacy efforts will then contribute to make these intercultural exchanges and youth-led program known through the media, with preference to the online community.
 
·        Promote the exchange of perspectives among participants (from within the same country and among all the countries involved) through their weekly blogs, posts, videos, interviews and photos, with a view to foster long-term intercultural dialogue and an enhanced understanding of different backgrounds and experiences of conflicts
 
·        Engage the global audience – young people and adult alike - in an ongoing dialogue with participants about their perspectives and the conflicts they live in through blogs and forums, encouraging them to contribute to the project by also taking part in campaigns, advocacy efforts and contributing their time and skills in different fields. The global audience will also have the opportunity to volunteer in assisting youth projects in conflict zones and in advocacy efforts.
 
 
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Forgotten Diaries è una inziativa a lungo termine con una fase pilota di un anno, i cui obiettivi sono i seguenti:
 
·        Selezionare cinque giovani di età compresa tra i 15 e i 29 anni, da ciascuna delle dieci delle “zone di conflitto” individuate, avendo cura di rappresentare una varietà di punti di vista, di background, di etnie e equilibrio tra i sessi, e di offrire loro un mese di corso di formazione on-line sui fondamentali della tecniche di comunicazione attraverso i new media e sulle tecnologie e gli strumenti da utilizzare in tutto il progetto (blog, podcast, video e altro), rilasciando un certificato alla fine del corso. Due nuovi corsi di formazione sono inoltre stati offerti: "Project Management e capacità di leadership" e "Story Telling”
 
·        Sviluppare un sito web utilizzato come unico strumento attraverso il quale le voci dei giovani che vivono in zone di conflitto avranno l'opportunità di esprimersi, e di attirrare l'attenzione del pubblico globale, dei media e dei navigatori del web. Campagne mirate di sensibilizzazione e di impegno contribuiscono a rendere questi scambi inteculturali conosciuti attraverso i media con preferenza per la comunità online.
 
·        Promuovere lo scambio di prospettive tra i partecipanti (all'interno dello stesso paese e tra tutti i paesi coinvolti) attraverso il loro blog settimanale, i post, i video, le interviste e le foto. Con una prospettiva di lungo termine inoltre si ha l'obiettivo di promuovere il dialogo interculturale e una migliore comprensione delle diversità culturali e della situazione di chi vive in zone di conflitto.
 
·        Coinvolgere il pubblico globale – sia giovani che adulti - in un dialogo continuo con i partecipanti sulle loro prospettive e sugli sviluppi dei conflitti in cui vivono, attraverso blog e forum, incoraggiandoli a contribuire al progetto prendendo per esempio parte a campagne di sensibilizzazione o a contribuire investendo parte del proprio tempo o competenze in diversi campi. Il pubblico globale avrà anche l'opportunità di aiutare i giovani volontari in progetti in zone di conflitto.
2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Italy
City: 
Mezzago
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Youth Action for Change (YAC)
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
Association
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Selene Biffi
E-Mail: 
selene@youthactionforchange.org
6. Website
The website of the project: 
www.forgottendiaries.org
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 29 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
16/06/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

There are now over 100 ongoing conflicts and crisis in world, and despite the fact that some of these have been going on for over ten years and have claimed several thousands lives, they have received very little coverage by mainstream media (over 25 years in Sri Lanka & 40 in Colombia, for example). Thus has made them, de facto, shunned by the international community at large and are referred to as 'forgotten conflicts'.

 
Several millions children and young people are confronted daily with war, and have no chance to tell the outer world about their lives, hopes and expectations, nor the way they perceive conflicts and their struggle to survive.
 
To continue the long-standing tradition of young people keeping a diary of their lives and their struggles in conflicts (as much as those of Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic), the internationally acclaimed organisation, Youth Action for Change (YAC) will offer them a platform though this project to voice their thoughts, feelings and hopes and promote ongoing dialogues between young people from all sides of the identified conflicts as well as the global audience.
 
Our main target is with children and young people living in conflict and post conflict areas, aged 15-29. We have identified then ten most neglected conflicts and crisis worldwide: Kosovo, Chechnya, Kurdistan, East Timor, Caucasus, Ethiopia, India & Pakistan, Niger & Niger delta, Sri Lanka, Uganda. We have chosen five young people per conflict area to be our reporter on the field.
 
Other than young people and youth-led organisations coming from neglected conflict and post-conflict areas, we also aim to inspire and involve the global audience, both young and adult alike.

 

 

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Ad oggi nel mondo sono più di 100 i conflitti e le crisi in corso. Nonostante alcuni di questi conflitti siano in corso da oltre dieci anni (oltre 25 anni nello Sri Lanka e 40 in Colombia, per esempio) e abbiamo sacrificato diverse migliaia vita, hanno ricevuto poca attenzione da parte dei media. Questo li ha resi, di fatto, “conflitti dimenticati” allontanandoli dall'occhio delle opinione pubblica mondiale.

 
Diversi milioni di bambini e giovani si confrontano giornalmente con la guerra, e non hanno alcuna possibilità raccontare al mondo la loro vita, le speranze e le aspettative per il futuro, né il loro modo di percepire i conflitti e la loro lotta per sopravvivere. 

Per continuare la lunga tradizione dei giovani di tenere un diario della loro vita e delle loro lotte (come quelle di Anne Frank e Zlata Filipovic), l'organizzazione di fama internazionale, Youth Action for Change (YAC) offre loro una piattaforma che gli consentirà di esprimere i propri pensieri, i sentimenti e le speranze e promuovere il dialogo tra giovani provenienti da zone afflitte da conflitti dimenticati e il pubblico globale. 

Il nostro obiettivo principale è coinvolgere bambini e giovani che vivono in aree di conflitto o post conflitto, di età compresa tra 15 e 29 anni. Abbiamo quindi individuato dieci tra i più trascurati conflitti e crisi: Kosovo, Cecenia, Kurdistan, Timor Est, Caucaso, Etiopia, India e Pakistan, Niger e delta del Niger, Sri Lanka, Uganda.

Abbiamo scelto quindi cinque giovani per zona che hanno accettato di essere i nostri reporter sul campo. 
Oltre che i giovani reporter selezionati e i giovani di organizzazioni che provengono dalle zone di conflitto individuate, abbiamo anche lo scopo di ispirare e coinvolgere il pubblico mondiale sia giovane che adulto.
What does it try to achieve and how: 

 

-         Training: participants received online training on “New Media Skills”, “Project Management and Leadership Skills”, “Story Telling” to allow them to communicate their voice clearly in the online platform built on www.forgottendiaries.org . (Phase 1 of the Project)
 
-         Photo Galleries: creation, maintenance & promotion of a photo gallery section for the Forgotten Diaries website where FD participants will be able to visually document their lives in conflict zones through a single consolidated platform.
 
-         Youth-led projects: participants will be trained to create and implement community building projects locally, financed by small grants. (Phase 2 of the Project)
 
-         Documentary: production of a 30-60min documentary depicting some of the stories of the FD participants in conflict zones, the conflict's impact on their lives, and how they are overcoming challenges. The documentary will also raise awareness of youth-led community projects that participants will create and aim to raise support for the projects

 

 

 

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-         Formazione: i partecipanti hanno seguito corsi di formazione online su temi quali “Nuovi mezzi di comunicazione”, “Gestione di Progetti”, “Raccontare storie attraverso Immagini”, che hanno permesso loro di comunicare in modo chiaro ed efficace le proprie storie nella piattaforma online creata appositamente sul sito www.forgottendiaries.org (Fase 1 del progetto).
 
-         Galleria fotografica: creazione, mantenimento e promozione di una galleria fotografica per il sito di Forgotten Diaries nel quale i partecipanti di Forgotten Diaries possono e potranno documentare le proprie vite in zone di conflitto all’interno di un’unica piattaforma.
 
-         Progetto gestiti da giovani: i partecipanti seguiranno una formazione che li portera’ a gestire progetti locali finanziati da piccole sovvenzioni (Fase 2 del progetto).
 
-         Documentario: produzione di un documentario di 30 – 60 minuti che mostri alcune delle storie dei partecipanti di FD nelle zone di conflitto, l’impatto del conflitto sulle loro vite e come questi ragazzi cerchino di superare le sfide quotidiane. Il documentario si focalizzera’ anche sui progetti locali iniziati dai partecipanti di FD cercando di aumentarne la visibilita’ con lo scopo di attrarre fondi a favore degli stessi.
Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

 

Children are amongst the first casualties of any armed conflict, the most vulnerable and innocent of victims. In the last decade alone 1.5 million children have died in wars; four million have been disabled and a further 10 million traumatized.
Children in war zones have to cope with very difficult circumstances. Not only do they suffer physical wounds, hunger and malnutrition but they also have problems with recurring nightmares, sleep disorders, depression, explosions of anger or anguish, concentration problems, and many more. Many are very sombre about their future as they feel that a future is not guaranteed.
Forgotten Diaries is an initiative which will allow these children to keep in contact with the external world, communicating about their experiences, fears and dreams. It is a unique opportunity for their voice to be heard.
We strongly believe that Forgotten Diaries, together with local grass roots organizations’ initiatives (of which we are not responsible), through both short-term emergency relief and long-term rehabilitation programs, will help improve the living conditions of war-affected children and young people.
 
With this initiative we will address three main opportunities:
 
·        Giving children and young people the opportunity and the tools to report on their daily lives and the conflict they live in
 
·        Educate the global audience about unreported and underreported conflicts, crisis and issues while giving them a chance to get involved through a host of activities (campaigns, advocacy efforts and fundraising)
 
·        Encourage the implementation of youth-led, on-the-ground activities in the countries and communities targeted by ‘Forgotten Diaries’

 

 

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I bambini rappresentano le prime vittime di ogni conflitto armato, le piu’ vulnerabili ed innocenti. Nell’ultimo decennio, un milione e mezzo di bambini sono deceduti durante le guerre; 4 milioni sono stati feriti in modo permanente e altri 10 milioni hanno subito un trauma incalcolabile.
 
I bambini che vivono in zone di conflitto devono far fronte quotidianamente a sfide continue. Non solo sono vittime di ferite, fame e malnutrizione, ma soffrono anche di disturbi frequenti di incubi, insonnia, depressione, nervosismo, concentrazione, ad altri ancora. Molti di questi bambini smettono di pensare al futuro dato che non esiste alcuna certezza riguardo al futuro.
 
Forgotten Diaries e’ un’iniziativa che permettera’ ai partecipanti di mantenere un contatto con il mondo esterno, riportando delle proprie esperienze, dei propri sogni e delle proprie paure. Si tratta di un’esperienza unica di dar voce a questi ragazzi.
 
Crediamo fermamente che Forgotten Diaries, in collaborazione con organizzazioni locali (delle quali non siamo responsabili) attraverso sia piani a corto termine che programmi di riabilitazione a lungo termine contribuira’ a migliorare le condizione di vita dei bambini e dei giovani colpiti dalla guerra.
 
 
Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

‘Forgotten Diaries’ is a long-term initiative initiated through a one-year pilot project started in July 2008. Forgotten Diaries is an online initiative which aims at shedding light on the most unreported and underreported conflicts, crisis and issues by involving those most affected by these: children and young people.

 
Forgotten Diaries is the first project of its kind, striving to bring attention to youth in conflict zones and pioneering the use of a range of ‘new media’, creative technologies and techniques to train and empower young people in conflict zones with the ability to share their stories with the world. It also support young people coming from this areas with the skills and tools they need to implement local project so as to actively contribute to peace and justice within their own communities.

 

 

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“Forgotten Diaries” e’ un’iniziativa a lungo termine iniziata attraverso un progetto pilota di durata annuale partito a luglio 2008. Forgotten Diaries e’ un’iniziativa online che vuole far luce sui conflitti, crisi e temi non ascoltati e in genere dimenticati, coinvolgendo coloro che da questi ne sono piu’ coinvolti: i bambini e i giovani.
 
Forgotten Diaries si tratta della prima iniziativa di questo genere; un’azione che si pone come obiettivo quello di attirare l’attenzione sui giovani nelle zone di conflitto attraverso l’utilizzo di una serie di nuovi mezzi di comunicazione, tecnologie e tecniche creative per educare i giovani nelle zone di conflitto affinche imparino a condividere le proprie storie con il mondo esterno.
 
Il progetto aiuta anche i giovani in queste zone a sviluppare le capacita’ necessarie ad attivare progetti di sviluppo a livello locale.
10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

In it’s short life, Forgotten Diaries has already won numerous awards and received international press coverage. Some of its key achievements to date include:

- Over 20,000 hits to date (global audience)

- Media Coverage: TG5, Sole24Ore, Rai International, Il Giorno, Corriere della Sera (Italy) and SKY and the UN and others (International)

- Partnerships: established with Oxfam OIYP · Grant from ArtAction, an art foundation based in Singapore

- Awards: ‘Econtent Award Italy 2008’, Politecnico di Milano, Takunda Award as ‘Best Humanitarian Project of 2009’ , CESVI and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Official endorsement of the Italian Ministry of Youth

- Due to its unique, innovative and inspiring approach, ‘Forgotten Diaries’ has already received endorsements, support or expressions of interest from numerous people and organizations including:

 

Oxfam OIYP
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Mr. Kevin Sites – Former CNN and NBC war correspondent and instigator of the ‘In the Hot Zone’ feature on Yahoo!
Mr. Charles London - Writer, author of 'One Day the Soldiers Came'
Forgotten Diaries is now helping participants in designing and implementing local development projects aiming at building peace. Some examples include the creation of peace clubs to train children and teenagers in schools in Ethiopia and mobilize women and young people to take part in the current peace talks in Northern Uganda.

 

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Durante il primo anno di vita, Forgotten Diaries e’ stato insignito di numerosi premi ed ha ricevuto l’attenzione della stampa italiana ed internazionale. Alcuni dei traguardi chiave raggiunti sono:

 
-         Piu’ di 20,000 visite del sito alla data attuale;
 
-         Copertura di vari mezzi di comunicazione: TG5, Sole24Ore, Rai International, Il Giorno, Corriere della Sera, SKY, UN e altri ancora;
 
-         Partenariati:stabiliti con Oxfam OIYP, Sovvenzione da ArtAction, una Fondazione con sede a Singapore e concentrate sullo sviluppo artistico.
 
-         Premi: “Econtent Award Italy 2008”, Politecnico di Milano; Takunda Award in qualita’ di “Miglior Progetto Umanitario del 2009”, CESVI; e Patrocinio ufficiale del Ministro della Gioventu’.
 
-         Grazie alle sue caratteristiche di unicita’ed innovazione, Forgotten Diaries ha gia’ ricevuto il patrocinio, il supporto e l’interesse di varie personalita’ ed organizzazioni quali:
 
Oxfam OIYP
Centro Pulitzer Unita’ di Crisi
Kevin Sites, già Corrispondente di Guerra per CNN e NBC e investigatore per Yahoo nella sezione “In the Hot Zone”
Charles London – Scrittore e autore di “One day the Soldiers Came”
 
 
Forgotten Diaries sta ora aiutando i partecipanti a realizzare e mettere in pratica progetti di sviluppo a livello locale. Alcuni esempi includono la creazione di centri di pace per educare bambini ed adolescenti in scuole in Etiopia; e centri per mobilitare le donne e i giovani negli attuali processi di pace in Uganda del Nord.
 
How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

FD responds to user's needs in a number of ways. Firstly users include the youth participants in the project from forgotten conflict zones, other youth from conflict zones, professionals with an interest in the project, NGO's who may use information from FD to complement their work on the ground and the global audience who visit the site and learn about forgotten conflicts.

The site itself is highly interactive and simple. Participants maintain country blog, upload photo-journals and converse with each other. Visitors to the site and any other stakeholder can comment on the blog and share their views and ask questions. Surveys are also carried out by FD's participant coordinator for continual improvement and participants also rely on the participant coordinator when they need help implementing local projects.

Other stakeholders have the chance to contact the FD team with queries and suggestions, and based on such feedback, we are soon to open a FD photo gallery section.

As a result of these measures, FD is responsive to the requests and needs of its Users.

 

 

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FD soddisfa i bisogni dei propri utenti in molteplici modi. Prima di tutto gli utenti sono i partecipanti del progetto stesso, provenienti dalle zone di conflitto dimenticate, poi altri giovani da altre zone di conflitto, esperti con un interesse nelle progetto, le ONG che possono utilizzare l’informazione fornita all’interno del sito di Forgotten Diaries per completare il proprio lavoro e il pubblico in generale che visita il sito e impara in questo modo sui conflitti dimenticati.
 
Il sito internet e’ semplice e molto interattivo. I partecipanti sono responsabili della manutenzione del blog del proprio paese, devono inserire foto e conversare fra di loro. I visitatori del sito cosi come tutte le parti interessate possono lasciare commenti sul sito e condividere i propri punti di vista, cosi come porre domande. Il coordinatore del progetto di Forgotten Diaries si occupa anche di gestire tutta una serie di sondaggi tra i partecipanti per migliorare continuamente il sito e i partecipanti possono contare sul coordinatore in caso di aiuto nell’attuazione dei progetti a livello locale.
 
Le altre parti interessate possono contattare il Team di Forgotten Diaries con richieste e suggerimenti, e sulla base di tali riscontri abbiamo ora deciso di aprire una galleria fotografica.
 
E’ possible affermare quindi che Forgotten Diaries risponde alle richieste ed ai bisogni dei propri utenti.
 
How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

Our target group, apart from our participants (young people aged 15-29 from ten conflict areas) include other young people from all over the world, adults, NGOs, Media and International Organisations, among others.

 
 We receive around 1,000 hits a month, with people blogging, reading the entries, leaving comments and interacting among themselves. We also have people receiving our newsletter and interacting on our Facebook group.

 

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Il gruppo da noi preso in considerazione, eccezion fatta per i partecipanti (giovani di eta’ compresa tra i 15 e i 29 anni provenienti da 10 zone di conflitto) include giovani provenienti anche da altre zone al mondo, adulti, ONG, mezzi di comunicazione, ed organizzazioni internazionali.

 
La pagina internet di Forgotten Diaries ha ricevuto circa 1000 visite al giorno, con persone che hanno partecipato ai blog, letto le testimonianze, lasciato commenti e interagito. Parecchie persone ricevono la nostra Newsletter e altri ancora interagiscono sul gruppo che appositamente abbiamo creato in Facebook.

 

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

FD improves the education of young people in numerous ways.

 Firstly, one of the key objectives of FD is to help young people in forgotten conflict zones connect with one another, sharing stories and experiences and helping one another overcome the challenges they face.
 
Secondly, FD provides training to young people in conflict zones. Since its inception, in June 2008, FD have run courses online for its youth participants on online media, community project development and storytelling through photography. These courses were designed to help the participants reach out to the world and share their perspectives and stories of life in conflict zones, while also teaching them how to start and run small community projects to help their peers. Several projects have been started since, including a “sports for peace” project in Nigeria where an FD participant is using sport to bring youth together and teach them to play peacefully. Through this model, FD achieves a leveraged impact as its participants use their new found skills to train others in their community.
 
Finally, FD has brought increased attention and awareness about the plight of youth in forgotten conflict zones to the rest of the world. With thousands of mostly young people visiting the website, reading about the conflicts and reading the personal blogs of the participants, many have learnt about forgotten conflict zones and development issues.
 
 
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Forgotten Diaries, ormai noto attraverso l'acronimo FD, ha contribuito a migliorare il livello di istruzione dei giovani in piu’ modi.
 
Innanzi tutto, uno degli obiettivi principali di Forgotten Diaries consiste nell’aiutare i giovani provenienti dalle zone di conflitto dimenticate da tutti a ristabilire un contatto con il mondo esterno e con gli altri partecipanti, condividendo storie ed esperienze ed aiutandosi reciprocamente a superare gli ostacoli della vita quotidiana.
 
In secondo luogo, Forgotten Diaries fornisce opportunita’ di formazione per i partecipanti. Dalla sua creazione in poi, ovvero fin dal mese di giugno 2008, Forgotten Diaries ha gestito corsi online per i propri partecipanti su temi quali nuovi mezzi di comunicazione, sviluppo di progetti locali e fotografia come testimonianza e strumento di comunicazione. Tali corsi sono stati studiati in modo da permettere ai partecipanti di comunicare con il mondo esterno e condividere le proprie esperienze e storie di vita nelle zone di conflitto, e allo stesso tempo sviluppare le capacita’ necessarie per iniziare e gestire piccoli progetti a livello locale nei quali siano coinvolti i loro coetanei. Gia’ alcuni progetti sono stati inizati, come ad esempio un progetto “sport per la pace” in Nigeria, dove un partecipante di Forgotten Diaries vuole usare lo sport per riunire i giovani ed insegnar loro a giocare in modo pacifico. Utilizzando questo modello, Forgotten Diaries amplifica ulteriormente l’impatto ottenuto dato che i propri partecipanti utilizzano le nuove capacita’ per formare ed istruire altri giovani nella comunita’.
 
Infine, Forgotten Diaries e’ riuscito a risollevare l’attenzione del pubblico in generale sulla piaga rappresentata dai giovani che vivono in zone di conflitto ormai dimenticate. Migliaia di giovani che visitano la pagina internet e che leggono dei conflitti e delle vite dei partecipanti, hanno imparato e appronfondito le tematiche relative alle zone di conflitto e allo sviluppo in generale.

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

FD involves a range of stakeholders including professionals and young people.

 Young People: Youth are directly involved and the main focus of the project. FD aims to raise awareness of those most directly and heavily affected by forgotten conflict zones, youth. FD directly engages over 40 youth from a selection of 10 forgotten conflict zones at present, providing training for them and resources and support including funding opportunities for community projects they can choose to start. The 40+ youth blog regularly on the FD website, allowing a global audience to gain a unique perspective into the lives of youth in conflict zones and the challenges they face. However, FD presents a much more positive image. Many of the participants are community youth leaders and some have engaged in starting their own community projects with the help of FD, all which is also displayed on the website for the international audience to learn about. Furthermore, FD is completely run and was designed by a team of young volunteers from around the world.
 
Professionals: FD involves a number of professionals as well. Firstly FD was fortunate to engage Mr. Kevin Sites a former CNN conflicts reporter and the Author of “In the Hot Zone” as a key mentor for the project. Furthermore, FD has run three skills training sessions for its participants, each which have been run by professionals in the respective fields of the training. FD is currently working on shooting a brief documentary on youth in conflict zones which will directly engage many of its participants and which will be made by film professionals.
 
Other Stakeholders: FD has engaged with numerous journalists and media representatives over the past year appearing in over 50 articles around the world. Furthermore, FD has also worked with numerous other NGOs and international organisations. For example FD worked together with Oxfam to run one training course in 2008. FD also uncovered accounts of human rights violations in one of the conflict zones surveyed and worked with a United Nations’ agency to bring attention to the issue. 
 

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Forgotten Diaries coinvolge una gamma di stakeholder che include giovani e professionisti.
 
Giovani: I giovani sono direttamente coinvolti, è l'obiettivo principale del progetto.
FD, mira a sensibilizzare le persone più direttamente e fortemente influenzate dalle zone di conflitti dimenticati: i giovani.
 
FD coinvolge direttamente oltre 40 giovani provenienti da una selezione di 10 zone di conflitti attualmente in corso ma dimenticati offrendo loro formazione, risorse, sostegno e opportunità d finanziamento per i progetti a carattere locale che hannos celto di avviare.
Gli oltre 40 blog di giovani presenti sul sito web di Forgotten Diaries, permettono al pubblico glibale di avere una prosettiva unica della vita dei giovani che vivono nelle zone di conflitti dimenticati e delle sfide che hanno di fronte.
 
 Tuttavia, Forgotten Diaries presenta un quadro molto più positivo di immagine. Molti dei partecipanti sono giovani leader della c propria comunità e alcuni si sono impegnati ad avviare propri progetti per la comunità, con l'aiuto di FD, tutto ciò è inoltre disponibile anche sul sito web perchè il pubblico internazionale possa conoscere direttamente le azioni concrete messe in campo.. Inoltre, FD è stato completamente progettato e gestito da un team di giovani volontari provenienti da tutto il mondo.
 
Professionisti: Forgotten Diaries coinvolge anche un certo numero di professionisti. In primo luogo Forgotten Diaries ha avuto la fortuna di coinvolgere come mentore principale il Sig. Kevin Sites, un ex corrispondente di gueraa per CNN e autore di "In Hot Zone". Inoltre, Forgotten Diaries ha eseguito tre sessioni di formazione per i suoi partecipanti. Ciascuna sessione è stata gestita da professionisti nei rispettivi settori. Forgotten Diaries sta attualmente lavorando su un breve documentario sui giovani che vivono in zone di conflitto, impegnando direttamente molti dei suoi partecipanti e che sarà girato da professionisti del cinema. 
 
Altre parti interessate: Il progetto Forgotten Diaries ha avuto contatti conn numerosi giornalisti e rappresentanti dei media nel corso dell'ultimo anno e compare in più di 50 articoli in tutto il mondo. Inoltre, FD ha inoltre lavorato con numerose altre ONG e organizzazioni internazionali. Ad esempio: con Oxfam per tenere uno corso di formazione nel 2008. FD ha inoltre scoperto e segnalato alle Nazioni Unite un caso di violazione dei diritti umani.
How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

Our project FD, uses ICTs to bring young people and professionals from around the world on our website www.forgottendiaries.org for an educational and cultural experience.

 
Firstly, as described in previous questions, the FD platform connects young people from 10 selected forgotten conflict zones around the world. These young people share their experiences about growing up and living in conflict zones with one another, and with a global audience through online media including the blogs available on the website, exchanging photos, stories and journals. Many cultural perspectives are also shared as some of the conflicts themselves have their roots in cultural differences thus necessitating an understanding of the cultures to properly understand the situations. Several professionals also have used the FD website to learn about these conflict zones. Furthermore, through the colourful stories and journal entries, the hundreds of young people visiting the website every month have the opportunity to learn a host of information about the cultures of the participants involved, while also directly interacting with them.
 
On the educational front, as described previously, FD enlists the help of several professionals to lead training courses for the youth participants from forgotten conflict zones. FD uses it’s parent organisation (Youth Action for Change’s) online platform to link both youth and professionals together for the training.
 
And finally as also described previously, FD uses its unique online platform to allow for the dissemination of grass-roots information from forgotten conflict zones onto the world stage. In 2008, this allowed FD to identify a case of human rights violation in one of the countries it tracks due to a participant reporting a serious incident. FD was then able to relay this information to professionals who were able to take action.

 

 

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l nostro progetto FD, utilizza le TIC per portare giovani e professionisti provenienti da tutto il mondo sul nostro sito web www.forgottendiaries.org , per un esperienza educativa e culturale. 

In primo luogo, come descritto nelle precedenti domande, la piattaforma connette giovani provenienti da 10 zone di conflitti dimenticati selezionati in tutto il mondo. Questi giovani, condividono le loro esperienze di vita in zone di conflitto, l'uno con l'altro e soprattutto con il pubblico globale. Tutto questo grazie ai blog disponibili sul sito web, lo scambio di foto, racconti e diari.

Molte sono anche le prospettive culturali condivise: alcune dei conflitti hanno le loro radici in ragioni storiche e culturali. Attraverso la condivisione e il confronto tra culture è possibile quindi capire meglio le situazioni che coinvolgono i vari paesi. Diversi professionisti hanno anche utilizzato il sito per saperne di più sulle zone di conflitto. Inoltre, attraverso il variopinto quadro di storie e voci che scaturisce dai diari, le centinaia di giovani che visitano il sito ogni mese hanno la possibilità di apprendere una serie di informazioni sulle culture dei partecipanti, ma anche di interagire direttamente con loro. 

Sul fronte educativo, come descritto in precedenza, FD conta sull'aiuto di vari professionisti per tenere corsi di formazione rivolte ai giovani partecipanti provenienti da zone di conflitti dimenticati. FD utilizza la piattaforma online di Youth Action for Change ( l'associziazione che ha ideato il prgetto) per collegare giovani e professionisti nei momenti di formazione. 

E, infine, anche per quanto descritto in precedenza, FD, utilizza la sua speciale piattaforma online per consentire la diffusione di informazioni di base da zone di conflitti dimenticati su scala mondiale. Tutto questo ha permesso a Forgotten Diaries nel corso del 2008 di identificare e segnalare alle autorità di competenza e su segnalazione di uno dei giovani coinvolti dal progetto, un grave caso di violazione dei diritti umani.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

 ‘Forgotten Diaries’ is an ongoing initiative with a one-year pilot phase, the first evaluation was carried out halfway through it (after the first six months), while the final one is expected for December 2009. To assess the impact of ‘Forgotten Diaries’ and the outcomes of it, we use the following indicators:

 
 
1. STAKEHOLDERS
 
PARTICIPANTS
 
· Number of participants
· Gender balance
· Different backgrounds, perspectives and ethnicities
· Conflicts or crisis areas covered
· Skills and competencies acquired after the two online training courses
· Number and quality of blog posts, pictures, videos and interviews
 
 
LOCAL NGOS and OTHER PARTNER ORGANISATIONS
 
· Number of organisations involved
· Geographic scope represented
· Social, Political, Economic and Ethnic backgrounds represented
· Quality and diversity of services offered to local communities
· Involvement with ‘Forgotten Diaries’ and the support provided to our participants (venue, tools and other as needed)
· Involvement and mentoring to activities on the ground initiated by our participants
· Ongoing communication and support with YAC staff
 
 
GLOBAL AUDIENCE
 
· Number of individuals involved (those who sign up to our newsletter)
· Number of people volunteering their time and skills toward ‘Forgotten Diaries’ or projects on the ground
· Number of comments on blogs and forum
 
 
 
2. PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
 
ACTIVITIES ON THE GROUND
 
· Number of activities designed and implemented by participants in their local communities
· Issues addressed (Human Rights, Environment…)
· Duration of the activities and possible replication
· Number of other young people empowered by the activities
· Venue where the activities where delivered
· Impact on their local communities
· Comments and suggestions by community members and other local stakeholders
 
 
WEBSITE
 
· Number of total viewers a month
· Polls data
· Comments left by viewers on blogs and forum
· Graphic quality
· Quality of the information provided
 
 
CAMPAIGNS and ADVOCACY
 
· Number and quality of the actions undertaken
· Number of emails and petitions signed and sent through our website
· Coverage of ‘Forgotten Diaries’ in mainstream media
· Local outcomes of our campaigns in the targeted countries
 
 

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Forgotten Diaries è una iniziativa in corso, con una fase pilota di un anno. La prima valutazione è stata effettuata a metà percorso (dopo i primi sei mesi), mentre quella finale è prevista per dicembre 2009. Per valutare l'impatto di 'Forgotten Diaries' e gli esiti raggiunti, usiamo i seguenti indicatori: 

1. STAKEHOLDER 

 
PARTECIPANTI 

Numero di partecipanti 
Bilancio di Genere
Diversità, prospettive ed etnie 
Aredd i crisi o conflitti coperte
Abilità e competenze acquisite, dopo i due corsi di formazione online 
Numero e qualità dei post del blog, immagini, video e interviste 

 
 
ONG locali e altre organizzazioni partner 

Numero di organizzazioni coinvolte 
Copertura geografica rappresentata 
Rappresentatività Sociale, politica, economica ed etnica
La qualità e la diversità dei servizi offerti alle comunità locali 
Partecipazione a 'Forgotten Diaries' e il sostegno fornito ai nostri partecipanti (luogo, gli strumenti e le altre come necessario) 
Partecipazione ad attività di mentoring sul campo avviate dai nostri partecipanti 

Comunicazione e supporto al personale di YAC  - Youth Action for Change

 
Pubblico globale 

Numero di persone coinvolte (coloro che si iscrivono alla nostra newsletter) 
Numero di persone che prestano servizio volontariato o parte del loro tempo e competenze verso 'Forgotten Diaries' o progetti sul campo 
Numero di commenti su blog e forum 

2. PROGRAMMA DI ATTIVITÀ 

 
Attività in loco 

Numero delle attività progettate e realizzate dai partecipanti nelle loro comunità locali 
Questioni affrontate (diritti umani, ambiente ...) 
Durata delle attività e l'eventuale replica 
Numero di altri giovani coinvolti dalle attività 
Luogo in cui le attività sono state realizzate
Impatto sulla comunità locali coinvolte
Commenti e suggerimenti dai membri della comunità e altri attori locali 

 
SITO WEB 

Numero totale di visitatori al mese 
Dati dei sondaggi
Commenti lasciati dai visitatori sul blog e forum 
Qualità Grafica
Qualità delle informazioni fornite 

 
CAMPAGNE e ADVOCACY 

Numero e qualità delle azioni intraprese 
Numero di e-mail e petizioni firmate e inviate tramite il nostro sito web 
Copertura dei media rispetto al progetto Forgotten Diaries

Risultati delle nostre campagne a livello locale nei paesi individuati
11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
From 1 to 3 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
Less than 10.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Other
Other: 
Personal savings, grants and donations
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Yes
Insert date: 
01/01/2009
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

There are two key fronts along which others can learn from this project.

The first front involves learning about the issues this project aims to raise awareness of. This includes learning about forgotten conflict zones, learning about the lives of youth in these areas, the backgrounds of the conflict, the progress, and also how to support communities there. Furthermore, FD showcases many positive examples of youth who are, despite the hardships they face, still striving to make a difference and help their communities through the enactment of community projects. Rather than portraying youth as victims, FD showcases youth as catalysts for change and as a significant asset for community development. Overall Forgotten Diaries aspires to create a more informed global community, and one which can empathise with the numerous conflict zones and sympathise with policy involved at helping those affected by such zones.

The second front along which others can learn from this project is through sheer power of ICTs. FD has demonstrated a unique model for using ICTs to empower youth, link young people across the world, and raise awareness of issues not covered by the media, and most importantly inspire grass roots community development. Furthermore, professionals and non-profit organisations also may be able to learn valuable lessons from FD. They may be able to observe our low-cost model and the way we were able to achieve grass roots action on a very large scale through our online platform and management model.
 
 
 
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Ci sono due principali fronti su cui le persone posso imparare da questo progetto.
 Il primo fronte implica la conoscenza delle questioni su cui il progetto mira a sensibilizzare. Ciò include: l'apprendimento circa la situazione delle zone di conflitti dimenticati, imparare circa la vita dei giovani in queste zone, imparare riguardo agli sfondi politici, sociali e sulturali dei conflitto, imparare in merito ai progressi , e anche a come dare sostegno a queste comunità.
 
Inoltre, FD funge da vetrina per molti esempi positivi di giovani che sono, nonostante le difficoltà che hanno di fronte, ancora impegnati a fare la differenza e aiutare le loro comunità attraverso l'attuazione di progetti comunitari. Piuttosto che ritrarre i giovani come vittime, FD offre loro una vetrina presentandoli come catalizzatori per il cambiamento e come un importante risorsa per lo sviluppo della comunità. Nel complesso Forgotten Diaries aspira a creare una comunità mondiale più informata, e più empatica verso le numerose zone di conflitto, stimolando inoltre l'impegno ad aiutare attivamente coloro che sono coinvolti nelle drammatiche situazioni di queste zone.
Il secondo fronte su cui le persone possono apprendere da questo progetto è la grande potenzialità delle nuove tecnologie (TIC).
 
FD ha dimostrato un modello unico per l'utilizzo delle TIC per consentire a giovani di collegarsi ad altri giovani in tutto il mondo, per accrescere la consapevolezza in merito a questioni non coperte dai media tradizionali e, cosa più importante ispirare lo sviluppo delle comunità locali. Inoltre FD è anche un modello per i professionisti e le organizzazioni senza scopo di lucro perchè possano prendere ispirazione dal nostro modello a basso costo e osservare come attraverso il nostro modello di gestione e la nostra piattaforma on line ci sia stato possibile raggiungere e diffondere informazioni su scala mondiale.
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

 

Forgotten Diaries is a project of Youth Action for Change (YAC). Striving to reach out to and empower those young people not included by other programs – those living in neglected conflicts – YAC decided to design and launch Forgotten Diaries as the first platform of its kind ever.
 
Youth Action for Change (YAC) is an innovative international youth run organization which equips young people with knowledge and skills that enable them to directly get involved in improving their communities livelihoods. Based in Italy, YAC employs a ‘leveraged impact’ model. We believe that young people have enormous untapped potential and can be very effective in instigating positive change in their communities. Our work involves training and supporting young people so that they are empowered to then instigate positive community development projects and train their peers on vital development issues.
 
YAC implements its work through two key streams, online action focused courses and through instigating targeted grass roots youth empowerment projects.
 
With a mission of “Education in Action”, YAC offers free, online, youth-led educational courses and opportunities in a vast array of subjects providing young people with the knowledge & tools they need to make change happen, supporting and empowering them to realize their vision of a fairer, safer and more equitable world. YAC courses not only teach young people around the world about vital developmental issues facing them from HIV to Entrepreneurship, but also empower them to do something about these issues, starting local community projects and passing their new knowledge to their peers. Experienced young people from around the world volunteer to develop action oriented courses, and teach YAC’s participants through YAC’s online platform. Young people log into YAC’s courses through internet café’s (hired by YAC) or from their universities or homes. Many YAC students have then progressed to starting their own community projects often using peer-to-peer education.
 
YAC also occasionally runs courses specifically tailored towards the needs of other development organisations to assist them with educating youth about specific issues. Over 1000 youth from over 100 countries have participated in YAC’s courses to date.
 
YAC also identifies specific and urgent areas where young people are seriously being disadvantaged and receiving little attention and where it’s online courses alone may not be enough to empower those young people to a level where they could bring about significant change in their communities. YAC’s response has been to create specialised and targeted projects focussing on the needs of these groups of young people, capturing global interest and also training them about the issues and to create community projects. In effect YAC acts as an instigator in these situations as well as providing training support.
 
YAC has come a long way from humble beginnings. It’s pioneering approach to empowering young people in communities around the world through online based action focused education has inspired dozens of youth-originated community projects in developing nations. YAC was profiled in the World Bank’s World Development report, and has been recognized by organizations including The United Nations, The Council of Europe, Ashoka, Youth Action Net and Art Action.
 
In 2009 it has been elected as a “Young Global Leader” at the World Economic Forum.
 
Future plans and wish list: 

The pilot project has allowed the team to understand both the strengths and weaknesses of the existing model. The success of the project thus far has presented the team with a number of opportunities to leverage of the achievements to date including the following:

  • Expanding the site to cover several more forgotten conflict zones
  • Initiating advocacy efforts to bring justice to human rights violations uncovered through the project and prevent future occurrences
  • Initiating global campaigns for greater support for youth in conflict zones
  • Expanding the scale of grass roots training being carried out by YAC and FD to teach communities in conflict zones about key development issues, how they could help their communities overcome basic problems and also inform them how to identify potential human rights violations
  • Enhancing the interactivity of the site providing a range of resources through which the global audience could contribute to helping young people in conflict zones
Further to these ideas, a brief documentary on forgotten conflict zones is planned to be produced in the next few months and a new photo gallery section will also be created on the website for participants to tell their stories through images.
Forgotten Diaries is now looking to expand to cover a wider range of countries, provide a comprehensive set of resources to connect the global community with opportunities to get involved in advocacy and helping those living in conflict ridden communities. We also plan to continue offering training to youth in conflict zones and assist them in developing community projects.
Forgotten Diaries has large plans for further media outreach to leverage of the large attention it has received over the past year and is also seeking resources to take specific action on urgent problems and human rights violations uncovered by its participants.
 
 

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Il progetto pilota ci ha permesso di capire sia i punti deboli che forti dell’attuale modello. In ogni caso, il successo riscontrato fin’ora dal progetto ci ha anche confrontato con una serie di opportunita’ da sfruttare, tra le quali vanno sicuramente citate:
 
-         l’espansione del sito per coprire ulteriori zone di conflitto dimenticare dai mezzi di comunicazione e dal pubblico in generale;
-         l’inizio di attivita’ di pressione per fare in modo che giustizia sia fatta nei casi di violazioni di diritti umani scoperte attraverso il progetto e che ulteriori violazioni si producano in queste zone;
-         l’inizio di campagne d’informazione a livello globale per sostenere ulteriormente i giovani nelle zone di conflitto;
-         l’espansione dei progetti di formazione in loco gestiti da YAC e FD e focalizzati sull’insegnamento, nelle comunita’ nelle zone di conflitto, di tematiche chiave di sviluppo che possano contribuire a superare problemi basici e/o identificare le violazioni dei diritti umani;
-         Il miglioramento dell’aspetto interattivo  della pagina internet attraverso una serie di risorse con le quali il pubblico in generale potra’ contribuire ad aiutare i giovani nelle zone di conflitto.
 
Ancora, un breve documentario sulle zone di conflitto dimenticate e’ in fase di produzione ed una galleria fotografica sara’ anche creata nella pagina Internet, gestita dai partecipanti che racconteranno in questo modo il loro quotidiano.
 
Forgotten Diaries sta ora cercando di espandere il numero di paesi coperti. Vogliamo anche continuare ad offrire corsi di formazione ai giovani nelle zone di conflitto continuando poi ad aiutarli a gestire progetti di sviluppo locale.
 
Infine, Forgotten Diaries ha ulteriori progetti anche a livello mediatico: appoggiandosi sui grandi risultati ottenuti fino ad ora stiamo anche cercando di attivarci in modo specifico su questioni urgenti e violazioni di diritti dell’uomo che ci sono state riportate dai partecipanti nel nostro progetto. 
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Globaldreamers- Peace project

A team project that engages children‘s creativity in exploration of peace.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

The Dream a dream project was developed by Mrs. Marsha Goren of Ein Ganim School Israel in 2001 and first met the Internet in 2002. The idea started as a vehicle to encourage children and educators to share in a learning environment that would lead to global communication and tolerance. Dream a dream at Ein Ganim prompts students at Ein Ganim and around the world to join in multicultural projects that capture student’s thinking in a visual way. It inspires children to take a deeper look at the world by exploring, exchanging ideas and using research tools, supporting a positive learning environment and a shared learning experience. Because of the war between Israel and the Palestinians which began in December 2008, we decided to invite schools to join in our peace project. The children felt the need to express their feelings on the subject together with many of our partners around the world. Our peace project aims to encourage cross cultural communication and promote global understanding, while helping children to expand their knowledge in technology, support the use of new educational technologies. The educational value of teaching about peace was essential and the results of the work we received from our partners is indeed heartwarming. More than 25 schools from around the world have taken part in this project as of today.

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Israel
City: 
Petach Tikva
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Ein Ganim School
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Marsha Goren
E-Mail: 
gorenmm@zahav.net.il
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://www.globaldreamers.org/09peace/index.html
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 15 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
31/12/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

1. To encourage and inspire student involvement which strengthens the curriculum and allows learners to become active in the process and in real life exchanges. 2. To engage in an effective global collaboration amongst youth, authentic language use, and the promotion of learning towards positive cultural exchanges 3. To educate and train children to practice communication skills and provide abundant learning opportunities in an online environment 4. To have students use their English for authentic communications with a global audience of peers. Partners receive updates about the current projects. The website, which is a meeting place for all, allows students and educators to take part in varied activities, exchange ideas, and promote global collaboration. And finally the Globaldreamers peace project and its vision is to encourage peace among all nations and to educate a more tolerant and understanding individual.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

The project encourages global and cultural exchange among all who register. The project answers to the requirement of the curriculum, children are the center of attention and the learning is active. This projects allows children an educators to take part in this important and meaningful project, exchange ideas about peace and allow for global communication.
We were even given the opportunity to take part live on a radio program in the United States where children from the USA asked their colleagues in Israel about the war and they could express their opinions about the war and hope for future peace.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

The peace project encourages children to work in creative ways of resolving conflicts and problems. Our dream is to create a global net work of schools working together in harmony and thinking of varied ways to encourage future peace. It is with each of us that peace can begin. There are many conflicts in the world. It is with understanding that the process of peace begins; the valuing of each person; the respect for cultures that are different from our own; the willingness to share our culture while appreciating those that are different.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

The peace project is a very special project. First of all it helps to build cultural bridges among different countries. It also builds and unites relationships among the teachers, children and even their parents. When they ask other students from around the world for their thoughts on violence and peace, they really want to know and to share their ideas for solving these problems.
Another unique aspect is the fact that some of our partners shared their ideas on peace in their own languages. In addition, there are resources for the educators and ideas for teaching as well as the variety of materials we received from our friends around the world.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

The results are measured by the many schools and children who have joined us in our work for many years now. The work has received international and national recognition throughout the years due to the hard work and determination of our hard work

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

Children and educators are pleased as the results are put on the website for immediate feedback. In the frequent weekly emails I sent to the educators there is mention of the great work everyone is doing and contributing for the benefit of all. Children take pride in what they are doing and act as ambassadors for their schools and countries in promoting peace.

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

Dream participants take part in the online activities and contribute materials to the peace project such as artwork, drawings, stories, poems, graphic work and writings. This encourages creative skills as well as high thinking skills when having to share ideas on such a serious subject like peace. I believe between three to five thousand children take part in various activities.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

It has improved English and technology skills as well as creativity skills. Many children in our project have learned to use graphic programs such as Photoshop, animation programs such as Frames and Flash as well as html skills. These are skills that have led the children to work in global collaboration thus encouraging the future workforce around the world.

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

Though there is much thought behind the peace project it is easy to participate in as this is done purposely to encourage people to step in. Once they see how great their part looks they do more. Suggestions made by students are taken as seriously as those made by their teachers.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

Since the project requires use of the Internet and email, participants at the very least must become confident in this use. Then many move on to digital photography, animation, presentation building and more as can be seen on the site.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

I can measure these results when I see the materials my students prepare as well as the materials we receive from our global partners around the world.

11. Sustainability
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
Less than 10.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Other
Other: 
The Petach Tikva municipality helps with funding of about $1000.
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Yes
Insert date: 
01/01/2007
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
Yes
Specify: 

Yes, these project methods have been applied in many of the schools that are members of the Globaldreamers. Teachers and students from around the world are now contributing to the Globaldreamers project in many ways. Some partners have built their own websites or web pages which are linked back to our project. The knowledge is being shared by many people around the world. Teachers have provided positive feedback and remained in the project for more then three years. Globaldreamers presents a learning unit of global communication and a shared experience of cultural diversity. The information from the project can be used by schools anywhere in the world. The message of tolerance and peace which Globaldreamers is based upon can be suited to fit any class anywhere. We are here to assist and encourage others to join in our dream.

What lessons can others learn from your project: 

Children, youth, and adults everywhere share the same hopes and dreams for peace. Everyone wants to feel secure, be happy and have friends. No one wants war especially children who are not responsible for war as it is the adults who make these decisions.

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

I have written earlier about how the project came to be and the different learning units have been created as the years went by. Our work with Globaldreamers has been on the Internet since 2002.

Future plans and wish list: 

Future expected development- We want educators around the world to join our global dream for peace. We dream of creating a CD to send around the world encouraging teachers and students dreams for a brighter future. We dream of sponsored workshop in OCL for educators around the world. The share concept is one from which educators benefit. We dream of an experienced teacher community helping new OCL teachers, answering questions, guiding as needed through an online site. We dream of other projects, contributing these materials to educators everywhere so children could benefit from our work. We believe in virtually doing everything, continuing what we are doing to promote peace and tolerance for a better world for our youth. Children are the future.

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Murales per la Pace

Piu' di 40.000 persone di oltre 100 nazioni hanno realizzato i 1300 murales attuali ed il progetto proseguira' fino al 2010.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

L'idea di base è che si possono promuovere progetti di pace tra ragazzi di tutto il mondo e far comprendere che si puo' lavorare insieme su progetti , partendo da semplici disegni realizzati in piccoli gruppi e condivisi con gli altri. Utilizzando internet e le nuove tecnologie.

Il progetto è articolato con scambi cooperativi programmati via internet , tra varie nazioni , tra cui America, Giappone, Italia, Canada.
Altre reti internazionali opereranno per coinvolgere le oltre 100 nazioni partecipanti. Ad oggi circa 8 miglia delle 12 previste sono già state realizzate.
Per l’Italia abbiamo il coordinamento del miglio dei murales delle Favole e grazie al lavoro fatto in questi anni , è stata scelta Narni come centro di raccolta dei murales inerenti le fiabe , grazie anche alla grande diffusione delle favole di Narnia ed al lavoro fatto finora per legare il mondo fantastico di Narnia alla città di Narni.
Il progetto si sviluppa comunque a livello mondiale come strumento interculturale.

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Italy
City: 
narni
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Art Miles Mural
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
Other
Other: 
not profit
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Giuseppe Fortunati
E-Mail: 
fgiusepp2@tin.it
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://www.narnia.it/murales.htm
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 18 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
31/12/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

L'idea è partita nel 1997 in Bosnia con 350 studenti che hanno iniziato a dipingere per sfuggire agli orrori della guerra civile. Il progetto sotto la direzione di Mrs. Joanne Tawfilis è poi progredito negli anni ed attualmente in California sono archiviati oltre 900 murales diversi, degli oltre 1300 murales già realizzati.
L'obiettivi sono molteplici , infatti oltre a far lavorare insieme progettando cose concrete, i ragazzi vedono internet come strumento attivo di lavoro e di condivisione , conoscendo altri amici in internet e condividendo con loro un percorso che di solito dura un anno scolastico , in cui si ha modo non solo di realizzare un murales su tela, ma di conoscere altre culture ed utilizzare strumenti internet come videoconferenze e BBS oltre a posta elettronica e la lingua inglese.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

Utilizzando massicciamente internet in modo creativo e condividendo progetti ed esperienze vedere anche
http://www.narnia.it/muralnipon.htm

in questo caso si tratta di un lavoro tra scuole giapponesi e scuole di tutto il mondo tra cui scuole italiane.
Che lavorano in internet anche in videoconferenza , vedere i filmati
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk5CCxMVSBM

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

Il lavoro è progettato e realizzato in gruppi di persone , quindi oltre all'integrazione si sviluppa il lavoro di gruppo , inteso in senso glocale, cioè sia locale che globale , condivivendo l'esperienza con ragazzi e ragazze di tutto il mondo.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

Il fatto di essere condiviso a livello mondiale per realizzare dei murales da esporre per il 2010 in Egitto , per creare la quarta piramide di Giza .

Questo progetto consiste nella realizzazione di 12 miglia di Murales ( per una lunghezza complessiva di circa 18 chilometri). Tali lavori provengono da oltre 100 nazioni e sono stati dipinti da oltre 500 mila persone.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

Piu' di 40.000 persone di oltre 100 nazioni hanno realizzato i 1300 murales attuali ed il progetto proseguira' fino al 2010. Il progetto è riconosciuto da molte organizzazioni internazionali tra cui l'UNESCO, e copre gia' circa 11 miglia (circa 18 chilometri) di lunghezza e coprono molti argomenti tra cui La Diversità Multiculturale , L'ambiente,Lo Sports,La Musica,Le Donne, Le persone anziane,Le Celebrità,il mondo delle favole,la Pace, La salute, Le guide spirituali,ed i popoli Indigeni.

Come detto ogni murale è lungo (12’)piedi e alto (5’) piedi, quindi ci sono 440 murales per miglio ed un totale di 5,280 murales sono previsti per il 2010.

I murales sono stati realizzati dal Bangladesh alle Seychelles, Europa, America Latina, Asia, e Australia. Bambini senza mani li hanno completati con i piedi, bambini cechi hanno dipinto ascoltando la musica, i ragazzi di strada Peruviani hanno dipinto a lume di candela. Insegnanti in vacanza sono andati in Himalaya per seguire bambini in Nepal e Mongolia. Scuole, chiese, ragazzi e ragazze a rischio, disadattati e senza casa, organizzazioni multiculturali gruppi ambientalisti sono tra le organizzazioni che hanno ospitato gli happenings dei murales .

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

oltre al valore estetico è quindi molto importante anche il fattore umano e terapeutico di dipingere insieme.

Per questo sono state fatte varie iniziative e mostre dei lavori già eseguiti in eventi chiamati "maratone dei murales" che si sono svolte in Pakistan, Libano, Austria, Slovakia, Spagna e recentemente in Egitto, con olte 2,000 bambini che hanno dipinto murales durante le attività estive.

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

Come detto i numeri sono altissimi si parla di mezzo milione di partecipanti che alla fine avranno partecipato, e Piu' di 40.000 persone di oltre 100 nazioni hanno realizzato i 1300 murales.
Ogni mese decine di nuovi murales vengono prodotti ed ogni murales coinvolge centinaia di persone di tutto il mondo.
Inoltre grazie ad internet c'e' una rete umana di persone che viene aggiornata sugli sviluppi delle varie iniziative locali.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

Connettere i giovani fa la differenza nel mondo
infatti far lavorare i giovani su progetti condivisi aumenta la loro conoscenza e li abitua alla interculturalità.
Questo progetto consiste nella realizzazione di 12 miglia di Murales ( per una lunghezza complessiva di circa 18 chilometri). Tali lavori provengono da oltre 100 nazioni e sono stati dipinti da oltre 500 mila persone.
Questi murales realizzati su tela sono stati anche fotografati e digitalizzati per ricreare una struttura mobile e componibile da affiancare alle piramidi di Giza .

Il progetto è supportato da :

International Decade for a Culture of Peace ( by UNESCO)

UNESCO National Commission to Egypt

Inoltre per la realizzazione della piramide mobile, verrà anche studiata l’opportunità di utilizzare l’interno della stessa, ricreando 12 gallerie , una per ogni argomento dei lavori creati.

In tali gallerie oltre alla presentazione dei murales, verranno ricreati ologrammi e figure tridimensionali a partire dai lavori fatti oltre ad avere un adeguato sottofondo musicale.

Il governo Egiziano ha fatto specifica richiesta che nel 2010 ci sia la prima grande rappresentazione in Egitto , proprio a Giza.

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

A tale fine si allega uno schema delle esperienze effettuate in questi anni utilizzando appunto un ampio spettro di mezzi di comunicazione , antichi e moderni , con lavori effettuati con Scuole Inglesi Americane , Turche e Giapponesi , consultare http://www.narnia.it/home_scuole.htm .

In particolare si consiglia di pianificare gli interventi con BBS , chat mirate e videoconferenze programmate.

Utilizzando anche programmi tipo Skype , che permettono anche l’utilizzo di audio e video in contemporanea con chat ed altri strumenti.

Grande importanza è nella programmazione e nella preparazione dei singoli eventi , con esperti del settore che possano guidare insegnanti e studenti a superare le eventuali difficoltà tecnico pratiche che si potranno generare.

Anche la lingua inglese potrà essere utilizzata sperimentando sul campo , come sia sempre più necessario comunicare in altra lingua per progetti internazionali .

Inoltre si sperimenteranno anche le barriere temporali ed i diversi fusi orari, che dovranno essere considerati durante la fase di progettazione di eventi comuni tra paesi diversi. Ad esempio il Giappone è sette ore avanti a noi e quindi bisogna valutare i tempi scuola adeguati per poter avere degli eventi in contemporanea.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

La parte relativa alla conoscenza reciproca potrà essere attuata non solo con la posta ordinaria e la posta elettronica , ma con bacheche elettroniche virtuali come BBS e l’utilizzo di videoconferenze.

A tale fine si allega uno schema delle esperienze effettuate in questi anni utilizzando appunto un ampio spettro di mezzi di comunicazione , antichi e moderni , con lavori effettuati con Scuole Inglesi Americane , Turche e Giapponesi , consultare http://www.narnia.it/home_scuole.htm .

In particolare si consiglia di pianificare gli interventi con BBS , chat mirate e videoconferenze programmate.

Utilizzando anche programmi tipo Skype , che permettono anche l’utilizzo di audio e video in contemporanea con chat ed altri strumenti.

Grande importanza è nella programmazione e nella preparazione dei singoli eventi , con esperti del settore che possano guidare insegnanti e studenti a superare le eventuali difficoltà tecnico pratiche che si potranno generare.

Anche la lingua inglese potrà essere utilizzata sperimentando sul campo , come sia sempre più necessario comunicare in altra lingua per progetti internazionali .

Inoltre si sperimenteranno anche le barriere temporali ed i diversi fusi orari, che dovranno essere considerati durante la fase di progettazione di eventi comuni tra paesi diversi. Ad esempio il Giappone è sette ore avanti a noi e quindi bisogna valutare i tempi scuola adeguati per poter avere degli eventi in contemporanea.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

la misura si realizza direttamente vedendo i murales prodotti , ma ben piu' grande è l'esperienza che si porteranno dietro i ragazzi che hanno partecipato al progetto.

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
More than 6 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
Less than 10.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Other
Other: 
autofinanziamento e partecipazione delle scuole
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Yes
Insert date: 
03/03/2009
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
Yes
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

a lavorare insieme in allegria

http://www.artmile.jp/bbs/

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

L'idea è partita nel 1997 in Bosnia con 350 studenti che hanno iniziato a dipingere per sfuggire agli orrori della guerra civile. Il progetto sotto la direzione di Mrs. Joanne Tawfilis è poi progredito negli anni ed attualmente in California sono archiviati oltre 900 murales diversi, degli oltre 1300 murales già realizzati.

Piu' di 40.000 persone di oltre 100 nazioni hanno realizzato i 1300 murales attuali ed il progetto proseguira' fino al 2010. Il progetto è riconosciuto da molte organizzazioni internazionali tra cui l'UNESCO, e copre gia' circa 11 miglia (circa 18 chilometri) di lunghezza e coprono molti argomenti tra cui La Diversità Multiculturale , L'ambiente,Lo Sports,La Musica,Le Donne, Le persone anziane,Le Celebrità,il mondo delle favole,la Pace, La salute, Le guide spirituali,ed i popoli Indigeni.

Come detto ogni murale è lungo (12’)piedi e alto (5’) piedi, quindi ci sono 440 murales per miglio ed un totale di 5,280 murales sono previsti per il 2010.

I murales sono stati realizzati dal Bangladesh alle Seychelles, Europa, America Latina, Asia, e Australia. Bambini senza mani li hanno completati con i piedi, bambini cechi hanno dipinto ascoltando la musica, i ragazzi di strada Peruviani hanno dipinto a lume di candela. Insegnanti in vacanza sono andati in Himalaya per seguire bambini in Nepal e Mongolia. Scuole, chiese, ragazzi e ragazze a rischio, disadattati e senza casa, organizzazioni multiculturali gruppi ambientalisti sono tra le organizzazioni che hanno ospitato gli happenings dei murales .

oltre al valore estetico è quindi molto importante anche il fattore umano e terapeutico di dipingere insieme.

Per questo sono state fatte varie iniziative e mostre dei lavori già eseguiti in eventi chiamati "maratone dei murales" che si sono svolte in Pakistan, Libano, Austria, Slovakia, Spagna e recentemente in Egitto, con olte 2,000 bambini che hanno dipinto murales durante le attività estive.

Barriers: 

burocrazia, dogane, soldi

Solutions: 

lavorare sodo e non arrendersi

Future plans and wish list: 

Questi murales realizzati su tela sono stati anche fotografati e digitalizzati per ricreare una struttura mobile e componibile da affiancare alle piramidi di Giza .

Verrà anche realizzata una grande copia dei dipinti tale da coprire tale struttura mobile , che potrà essere poi esposta in varie parti del mondo.

Parallelamente le immagini dei murales potranno essere riprodotte con grandi proiettori su qualunque parete ed essere riproposte in moltissime parti del mondo . Divenendo un progetto per promuovere la pace attraverso l’arte.

Il progetto è supportato da :

International Decade for a Culture of Peace ( by UNESCO)

UNESCO National Commission to Egypt

Inoltre per la realizzazione della piramide mobile , verrà anche studiata l’opportunità di utilizzare l’interno della stessa , ricreando 12 gallerie , una per ogni argomento dei lavori creati.

In tali gallerie oltre alla presentazione dei murales , verranno ricreati ologrammi e figure tridimensionali a partire dai lavori fatti oltre ad avere un adeguato sottofondo musicale.

Il governo Egiziano ha fatto specifica richiesta che nel 2010 ci sia la prima grande rappresentazione in Egitto , proprio a Giza.

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Art Miles Mural

In 1996 the first peace mural was created by Bosnian children in an orphanage.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

The Art Miles Mural Project consists of twelve one mile long acrylic painted murals on canvas involving twelve distinct themes—The Multicultural Diversity Mile, The Environmental Mile, Sports, Music, Women, Senior, Celebrity, Fairy Tale, Peace, Unity and Healing, Mentor, and The Indigenous Peoples Mile. Each of these murals is twelve foot (12’) long by five foot (5’) wide. There are 440 canvasses per mile and a total of 5,280 murals will be joined together in 2010.

The Art Miles Mural Project forms collaborations with numerous organizations, groups, conference support organizations, hospitals, foundations, and educational and cultural entities within different countries. One of these organizations is the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN)(www.iearn.org) and Art Miles is one of their 85 collaborative art projects. Art Miles has recently established a contact with an Italian representative in that country who lives in Narnia, Italy, geographically located outside of Rome and of which the C.S.Lewis "Narnia" books and films were developed around.

At the beginning of 2002, over 500 murals had been completed by children from over 80 countries ranging from Bangladesh to the Seychelles, Europe, Latin American, Asia, and Australia. Children with no hands have completed them with their feet, blind children have painted to music, and Peruvian street children have painted them by candlelight. Teachers on vacation have carried canvas and paint in their backpacks instead of carrying clothing, through the Himalayas to children in Nepal and Mongolia. Schools, churches, YMCA’s, Boys and Girls Clubs and Kids at Risk programs, after school groups, homeless shelters, multicultural organizations and festivals, hospitals, private and commercial companies, and environmental groups, have been among the many organizations that have hosted the mural happenings. Many murals have shown their "healing power" and kids in camps sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and other organizations have seen the effect and dimensions of joy children have experienced from working on the Art Mile Mural Project.

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Italy
City: 
Narni
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Art Miles Mural Project
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
Other
Other: 
not profit
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Giuseppe Fortunati
E-Mail: 
fgiusepp2@tin.it
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://www.the-art-miles-mural-project.org/
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 29 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
31/12/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

The objective of the project is to create global harmony through art, one mural at a time, one mile at a time. Therefore it is the PROCESS that is emphasized in the creation of what has turned into a monumental global endeavor. The collaborative project has ignited spontaneity and freedom of expression by bringing individuals or groups together where not only creating murals has resulted, but also friendships established, and understanding, cultural awareness, respect, and simply having fun have been realized as sustainable benefits. The project has gained a formidable reputation in its ability to foster community development, literacy, and positive activities for people of all ages and locations.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

More than 40,000 people from 100+countries, including those with disabilities and special needs, have completed over 1,300 murals. A large emphasis is placed on encouraging children to paint murals and the project is officially recognized as a vital contribution of arts in support of the UNESCO Decade for the Culture of Peace and Non Violence Among Children of the World, the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the Convention for the Rights of the Child.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

Since the Bosnian war, this was the first instance where people came
together laughing and smiling. This then inspired Joanne and her husband Fouad to
create the Art Miles Mural Project. This project is part of a worldwide effort to
actively endorse global harmony.

Now all around the world students work in a multicultural way.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

The Art Miles Mural Project consists of twelve one mile long acrylic painted murals on canvas involving twelve distinct themes—The Multicultural Diversity Mile, The Environmental Mile, Sports, Music, Women, Senior, Celebrity, Fairy Tale, Peace, Unity and Healing, Mentor, and The Indigenous Peoples Mile. Each of these murals is twelve foot (12’) long by five foot (5’) wide. There are 440 canvasses per mile and a total of 5,280 murals will be joined together in 2010.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

More than 40,000 people from 100+countries, including those with disabilities and special needs, have completed over 1,300 murals. A large emphasis is placed on encouraging children to paint murals and the project is officially recognized as a vital contribution of arts in support of the UNESCO Decade for the Culture of Peace and Non Violence Among Children of the World, the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the Convention for the Rights of the Chil

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 
How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

We have friends all around the world that work in this project.
Till now More than 40,000 people from 100+countries, including those with disabilities and special needs, have completed over 1,300 murals.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

1. To enhance individuals’ understanding of global issues by thinking and discussing
the theme of a mural and to encourage children and youths to be independent
and responsible for their thoughts and behaviors through the activity of creating
a mural in a group.
2. To broaden individual's outlook open to the world
by seeing their own works exhibited in any place of the earth.

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

connects children in the world by Art Miles Mural Project
. .and makes a difference to creat a global harmoney through art.
All peoples works for the same project.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

We use internet for been in touch see for exemple

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

we work for craete murales and this is our goals.

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
More than 6 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
Less than 10.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Sponsorships
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Yes
Insert date: 
03/02/2009
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
Yes
Specify: 

all around the world and intercultural project are in Japan and Italy many exemple
see also
http://www.narnia.it/murales_eu.htm

What lessons can others learn from your project: 

work togheter in a creative way

http://www.narnia.it/fauzia_eu.htm

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

The Art Miles Mural Project has been featured in scores of local, state, national and international media, a variety of television programs and has been a subject of video films and documentaries, and as a special feature in the International Children’s Art Foundation (ICAF) Child Art Magazine.

Many of the murals have also been showcased in a variety of exhibitions, galleries, museums, and public buildings, including the American Museum of Natural History and at Ground Zero in New York City. This project, based on it’s overwhelming popularity, has also become the premiere activity for major conferences ranging from the International Children’s Environmental Health Conference in Washington, DC, National Network for Youth Conferences, and the United Nations Environment Program International Children’s Conference on the Environment, the USA Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations.

Based on the popularity of this project and it’s global appeal, an invitation was extended by the government of the City of Mexico City and their National Gallery of Art to bring The Art Miles to the famed Teotihuacan Pyramids during the Vernal Equinox (March 21, 2002). The event was chronicled as one of Mexico’s most amazing historical events. It actually started a tradition to be carried forward in years to come and help promote Mexico’s architectural and tourist wonders. The objective of this project was to focus on children and to support UNESCO’s oversight of the United Nations Year of Cultural Heritage during the Decade of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence Among Children of the World, by inviting students from Mexico City’s seventy-five (75) school districts to paint murals on site. This was, indeed an incredible opportunity for children and visitors to watch first hand, children express what is in their hearts during one of Mother Nature’s most spiritual moments. Local, National and International media were present and many interviews and follow up articles have been published.

Additional mural marathon events have since taken place in Pakistan, Lebanon, Austria, Slovakia, Spain and most recently Egypt, with more than 2,000 children painting murals during summer activities.

Barriers: 

money and custom

Solutions: 

Watching the mural be created was gratifying because it was intriguing to watch
what people painted. The artists were quite diverse, but they all came together for the
common goal of promoting world peace.

Future plans and wish list: 

Start for piramides with the 2010 Event at Giza and Sharm El Sheikh

The Art Miles Mural Project consists of twelve one mile long acrylic painted murals on canvas involving twelve distinct themes—The Multicultural Diversity Mile, The Environmental Mile, Sports, Music, Women, Senior, Celebrity, Fairy Tale, Peace, Unity and Healing, Mentor, and The Indigenous Peoples Mile. Each of these murals is twelve foot (12’) long by five foot (5’) wide.

There are 440 canvasses per mile and a total of 5,280 murals will be joined together in 2010 in Egypt .

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