This course of actions places youth at the heart of Normandy for Peace, throughout the year, via a number of initiatives for young people, secondary school pupils and students.

The ecHo initiative

Following the Walk The Global Walk, a european programme from 2017 to 2021, the Normandy Region and the international Institute for human rights and peace pursued in Normandy the work on sensitizing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Freedom Prize

The Normandy Region launched the Freedom Prize in 2018. It gives young people aged 15 to 25 from all over the world the opportunity to choose an exemplary public figure or an organisation, committed to the fight for freedom.

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The Holocaust Memorial

Educational projects focused on victims’ memories of the Holocaust are developed all year long by the Region’s apprentices and college students. The annual initiative is made up of three key events: a day at the Caen Memorial with a guest speaker who escaped from Auschwitz-Birkenau, a
study trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and a public presentation of educational materials at the Caen Memorial.

Every year, around 150 young people from Normandy benefit from this educational initiative, developed by the Holocaust Memorial, working closely with the local Board of Education..

University for Peace

The University for Peace, organised by the International Institute for Human Rights and Peace, brings together some fifty young European and international students each year in Caen for multidisciplinary discussions on a theme related to peace. The 21st session will take place in 2022 on the theme: “Death Penalty and Peace”.

The Normandy Chair for Peace

Starting in 2019, he Normandy Chair for Peace focuses on future generations rights, in particular linked to climate change. Beyond the contribution to the academic research, the Normandy Chair for Peace offers students some webinars, highlights some young researchers and organizes intergenerational meetings.

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Secondary school pupil's Argument for Human Rights

Linked to the International moot competition for lawyers, organised by the Caen Memorial, the moot competition for secondary school pupils is open to all secondary school in France and French secondary schools around the world. After the regional heats, the best candidates compete in the national final at the Caen Memorial. Five prizes are given: the Memorial prize, the Civic Engagement prize, the Amnesty International prize, the Reporters Sans Frontières prize and the Student Panel prize.

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