The Mediterranean and the Middle East - The Peace Cruise
Imagine a three-master sailing in the Middle East with a crew of young people from all over the Mediterranean, Israelis and Palestinians, Turks and Cypriots. They are the Sailors for Peace, who took part in a unique project for young people aged between 18 and 25 from youth movements of every type of political and religious persuasion that was organised by the World Organization of the Scout Movement in the summer of 1999.
Between each stage of their two-week journey, 24 participants were given training in subjects such as peace education, conflict resolution, social understanding, intercultural learning, and the techniques of communication and negotiation. More than 100 young people took part in the programme, which was designed with the assistance of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations in Geneva. The European Union and UNESCO funded the project. Events promoting peace were held at every port of call in Egypt, Israel, near to Gaza, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. For more information see: www.peacecruise.com