Youth Peace Academy

  • 27th – 29th July 2018 – Second round of applications by 30th of April

    A fully funded 3 day youth training programme on all aspects of campaigning work, focusing on the nuclear disarmament movement. Learn all you need to know about nuclear weapons, communication tactics, lobbying activities, grassroots empowerment, legislative change, online engagement, fundraising tools and much more. Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old and should reside in Scotland                          


    • Plenary sessions and building skills group lessons on a variety of campaigning topics;
    • “InspYre” social evening on Saturday 28th of July with entertaining & experience sharing (open to non academy participants);
    • Action Field Trip on Sunday 29th of July to discover more about the Faslane Nuclear Base & Faslane Peace Camp (strictly educational – no direct action involved).
    • Speaker from 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Winner – ICAN

    Please note. The event is taking place in Glasgow and is for over 18’s only (at the time of the event). Peace Education Scotland is covering accommodation, food, training and transport costs during the academy. We can cover up to £10/person transport to get to Glasgow, but participants from farther away may need to top it up to get there. Please keep your travel receipts. If selected, you will be requested to pay a fully refundable deposit of £20. This is to avoid no-shows. Cancellations will be possible if sufficient time is allowed or/and a substitute participant is found.

    Accommodation: SYHA Glasgow Youth Hostel, 7-8 Park Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6BY

    Day venue: Uni of Strathclyde Students’ Association, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH, Vertigo Rooms (level 8)

    We can accept up to 100 participants with accommodation needs. An additional number of 20 participants may be considered if they have accommodation arrangements elsewhere in Glasgow (family/friends).

    We are looking for volunteers to help with this event. Please get in touch.
  • Please fill in Application form Generation Y Peace Campaigning Academy and send it to info at First round of applications is by 30th of April 2018. If you need any assistance do not hesitate to contact us. Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old and should reside in Scotland..
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  • David Newbigging – Facilitator of “Campaigning Video Making”

    BAFTA New Talent winning Director and Storyboard Artist. David has directed shorts films, commercials and a feature film that have screened on television and in film festivals in Europe, the US and Asia. He has worked in community and educational arts, film and television. More on his work here.

    Sessions overview

    This session will focus on how to create watchable, engaging campaign videos from a practical perspective. We will cover how to engage your audience, what equipment you need and how to use it, visual storytelling and how to get your content out there. There will be a small selection of equipment available to get your hands on.

    Skills aiming to develop

    Media skills, photography, sound recording, storytelling & citizen journalism.


    Martin Birdseye – Facilitator of “Making the Moral Argument”

    Martin is a retired engineer and full-time peace activist who works to raise the understanding of the ethics of weapons of mass destruction. A long-term member of CND and PAX Christi he focuses on nuclear weapons, being currently a co-chair of Christian CND. To see some of his work on the topic, including the Nuclear Morality Flowchart please visit

    Sessions overview

    The most powerful and most permanent reason for abolition of nuclear weapons is the moral argument. This session will look at the role of ethics in the nuclear weapons debate and in the emerging global awareness of responsibility for achieving a nuclear weapons-free future. Starting from a personal algorithm (a decision flow-chart) we can work out our own moral standpoint; and go on from that to see how we can apply the essential moral standards that hold together human society to the nuclear weapons debate. ‘Mind Maps’ can help us assemble and make the arguments. From the confidence of a consistent, complete and logical starting point we can examine ways to bring the various sectors of society, one step at a time, towards a new approach to human security and solidarity. And we can see how these practical methods can be applicable across the inter-related fields of Peace, Social Justice and Environmental campaigning

    Skills aiming to develop

    Analytical skills, critical thinking, moral reasoning, decision – making abilities and will raise awareness of the moral implications of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.


    Elizabeth Minor – Facilitator of “Driving legislative change”

    Elizabeth works for the London-based organisation Article 36, where she undertakes research, policy analysis and advocacy for the international prohibition and restriction of certain weapons and practices in the use of force. She focuses particularly on armed drones and nuclear weapons. As part of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN),  she took part in the negotiations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UN in New York last year. More on her work here.

    Session overview

    This session will look at how we push for a particular type of change at international level – the agreement of new treaties and standards. Using the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as a case study, we will look at how international coalitions taking a humanitarian approach to disarmament issues have sought to re-frame the international policy debate around certain weapons, to focus on their unacceptable impacts rather than claims of their strategic value. We explore how campaigners engage with state representatives at the international level in the UN and other spaces, to build the commitment and will to act, and to ensure certain provisions and obligations are agreed in the final outcome.

    Skills aiming to develop

    Deepening your understanding of: working in an international diplomatic environment; the process of treaty negotiations; advocacy work in international coalitions; campaign strategies to change political narratives.

  • Help us spread the word out. enclosed there is a  poster peace academy A4 that you can print and distribute or display in your college, university, church, local pub or local community hall. We can send hard copies from the office.

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  • If you would like to apply for a place in the July 2018 Peace Academy, volunteer with us or have other comments or requests for information, please get in touch via:

    Peace Education Scotland,
    c/o Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament,
    77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LE, Scotland, UK.

    Phone: +44 (0)141 357 1529…