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Organization: Colegiul National "Vasile Alecsandri", Galati, Romania
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

As we evolve peace is becoming increasingly important and awareness is one of the crucial issues of building a better future for mankind. And it is awareness, brought about by action, which we have been promoting for several years. To better achieve this goal, we started at an educational level by offering students the opportunity to work together and also to establish contact with international organizations and youth groups all over the world. In order to reach visible results, we founded a local network made up of various clubs: Earth Day, Life-Link, Clean up the World, Peace Child, Sokrates, and Eco Club. The network has proven to be extremely efficient given the fact that every year it allows us to organize more than one hundred thematic events in collaboration with local and national authorities.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?


ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

1. One of the most important values we have promoted during the last few years is tolerance, mainly because we consider lack of tolerance to be the root of war. In the spirit of tolerance we have organized numerous workshops, student meetings, IT presentations, symposiums, MUN conferences, KP and Lincoln-Douglas debates.

2. Concerned about major health issues we have developed a partnership with the local council, hospitals and Public Health Department so as to have reliable sources of information for our campaigns: “AIDS aid”, “Healthy food-Chew on it”, “Feed your brain”, “First aid skills”, “Don’t let the drugs in”.

3. Alarmed by the fact that human activity is constantly and irreversibly harming the environment, we have tried to compensate for the damage. Every week in the past three years, the surroundings of our high school and the center of our city have been cleaned by volunteers of our local Eco Club. Given the fact that we live on the bank of the severely polluted Danube we are organizing clean-ups every semester. Through our recycling campaigns C.N.V.A. teenagers have managed to link all schools from Galati county and gathered more than 100 tons of paper, plastic and metals. We have planted indigenous species of trees in order to prevent the Danube’s promenade from collapsing into the Danube and also to lower the level of pollution our local metal plant causes. As important as these was to make the idea of helping the environment a popular one among the youth in our community, which we achieved by organizing numerous contests and expositions on ecological themes with great impact on the viewers. It was crucial for us to create a strong link between our members and collaboration was enhanced by the many activities which implied team work.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The school is part of the Life-Link Friendship-Schools network. Also takes part in and organises events with Earth Day, Clean up the World, Peace Child, Sokrates, and Eco Club.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

These essential concepts are the basis of all our activities, thus encouraging working together for achieving our goals. The knowledge gained by the ones who have decided to joined us and also the positive effects reflected in the life of our community have proven the efficiency of togetherness. We hope that in the future we will overcome any pragmatic barriers and will be able to accomplish more than we already have. Our goals make us aspire for better results and we feel confident that with the support of youth we can achieve them.

Postal address of organization

Nicolae Balcescu #41, 800001 Galati, ROMANIA

E-mail address of organization

life-link@cva-galati.ro

Website address of organization

www.cva-galati.ro

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable development

Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

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Organization: Colegiul National "Vasile Alecsandri", Galati, Romania

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