Why are young people essential to making and sustaining peace? How can we support and enable youth participation in peace building activities? What are the benefits of including young people in peace building activities? At a time when there are more young people alive than ever before and nearly half of the world’s population is under the age of 30, educating young people about ways to reduce violence, deal with conflict, and build peace is one of the largest, most global and important challenges facing humanity today.
About the speaker
Phill Gittins has over 20 years’ programming, analysis, and teaching experience in the areas of youth, peace, education, and counselling. This has included being involved in work in schools, colleges, and universities, as well as youth centres and youth offending institutes - virtually every setting in formal and informal education. In the last ten years, Dr Gittins’s work has focussed on peacebuilding and conflict transformation, and he has helped to start and grow an international peace education, leadership development, and mentoring programme that equips young people to build peace in themselves, their communities, countries, and the world. Dr Gittins has lived, worked, and travelled in over 50 countries across 6 continents. He has a PhD in International Conflict Analysis and an MA in Education and a BA (First Class Honours) in Youth and Community Studies. He also has Post-graduate Certificates in Peace and Conflict Studies, Education and Training, and Teaching in Higher Education, and is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Counsellor, and Project Manager by training.