When we avoid or ignore our differences, understanding can be replaced by division. This is happening in ways big and small, from bullying in our schools to clashes in our communities, to civil wars waging around the globe.
It can be difficult to engage meaningfully with people and ideas different from our own.
Young people embraced their differences and learned about other perspectives.
Differences help define who we are, and engaging with people who are different—sharing stories and learning about their experiences—broadens our own perspectives and makes us more creative, innovative, and aware.
All over the world, educators empowered young people to reflect and take action toward building understanding, empathy, and peace, and created incredible self-portraits along the way.
You created self-portraits that took our breath away.
80,000 students from 37 countries took the Facing Difference Challenge, creating 201,063 incredible self-portraits, and raising $600,000 for peacebuilding programs. You participated in webinars to learn about differences that divide the world, and saw how dialogue and understanding can bring people together.
Change doesn’t happen overnight, but students around the world have taken the first steps.
Building peace can start with changing the attitudes of individuals. That’s why the $600,000 that students raised by creating portraits went to support young people from Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and the South Caucasus to attend peacebuilding camps and take part in peace projects.
Divided by conflict, young people come together to form friendships and a foundation for peace.
Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and the South Caucasus are areas fraught with racial, religious, and political division. By participating in peacebuilding camps and projects, young people now see the possibility of living together, working together, and contributing to a peaceful and prosperous future.
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