On February 22, two hundred students gathered in Leuven for the annual PeaceJam conference. They exchanged ideas on topics such as sustainable change and got the opportunity to meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman.
At the PeaceJam conference in Leuven, the students – all between 15 and 25 years old – discussed topics such as developing leadership, understanding global problems and setting up initiatives to prompt sustainable change.
Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman from Yemen was the guest of honour in Leuven. She's a journalist, politician and human rights activist. In 2011, she won the Nobel Peace Prize.
PeaceJam is an international organisation that collaborates with fourteen Nobel Peace Prize winners. It supports projects of students who think globally and act locally. Each year, PeaceJam organises a two-day conference with workshops, music, and guest lectures. The goal is for students to learn from and inspire each other to take action in their own environment: at home, at school and in their local community.
This year's PeaceJam conference was supported by KU Leuven, UC Louvain, ULB and VUB.
Source: KU Leuven
Picture: © Michael De Lausnay