Where – Buntingford, Hertfordshire, UK
When – we met up on 25th June 2014 to chat; the organisation was established in 1981, where it’s first form was a musical!
Who – the founders are David Woollcombe and Rosey Simonds. Janne Geurts is the third and final paid member of staff, who I spoke to. (Can’t believe how much they achieve with such a small team – the three of them plus about four interns!)
What – Charity working with UN organisations to empower youth to be the change they want to see in the world.
Why – to use the philosophy of empowering young people to make important decisions as the basis for helping to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Janne herself got involved in this work because youth employability is an issue close to her heart and believes education is a fantastic vehicle through which change happens.
How – Right now, the organisation focuses on training and events. Training programmes include: 1) enterprise focused, run in Europe, 2) empowerment of women, in West Africa, to set up their own businesses and 3) employability skills to UK school kids where year 12s are trained to teach year 10s. Events include World Youth Congress Series which happen every other year, and smaller more regional events in between.
Find out more – www.peacechild.org/
Personal reflections – so many links with Student Hubs’ ethos! Except they have a much more international perspective. Janne and I share so much common ground around the belief that young people are where change happens, and helping people have the confidence to make their ideas reality is one of the most powerful and change-making things to be able to do for positive effect. Really hoping there might be the possibility of going to the next World Youth Congress Series in Nepal in 2016!!