2014 SCI campaign involving SCI members, partners and many volunteers around the globe
No More War camp, Austria (2010)
In 2010 SCI proudly looked back at ninety years of promoting and building peace, intercultural understanding, mutual respect and solidarity through concrete voluntary activities. To celebrate this SCI branches organised activities all over the world. The campaign “Volunteering for Peace and Intercultural Understanding: learning from the past and building for the future” was part of the 90th Anniversary celebrations.
On the one hand this campaign looked back over past experiences through a travelling exhibition on the history of SCI and its founder, while on the other hand it demonstrated how SCI’s values and methods from the past are still relevant in modern societies through the organisation of intercultural meetings which took place during the summer of 2010.
The Pierre Cérésole Exhibition was shown in Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, and Austria. Apart from hosting the exhibition, the SCI member organisations in these countries organised additional activities such as workshops and lectures where SCI values were discussed and reflected upon more deeply.
The exhibition took visitors through panel displays which showcased the main phases in the life of SCI founder Pierre Cérésole and also referred to a number of historical landmarks in the development of conscientious objection and non-violence. To highlight Cérésole’s heritage, the exhibition brought visitors up to the present, with personal accounts of volunteers who have taken part in international voluntary camps.
The intercultural meetings took place in Germany, Italy, Austria, Finland, USA, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Ukraine. These meetings, soon to be known as “No More War” meetings, contained intensive peace education workshops which reinforced SCI’s vision of promoting peace, non-violence, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through voluntary service projects all over the world. Besides, volunteers put their learning about peace, non-violence and the topic of war into practice in very concrete ways.
In Austria, for example, volunteers helped to restore former paths of war that were used during World War I, into paths of peace, for tourists to enjoy in the near future. In Germany, SCI volunteers took part in a project at Kurve Wustrow, a centre for training and networking on non-violent action in the Wendland region of Germany. They carried out renovations on the peace centre building and various other restoration works.