It’s your future. And PeaceJam 2020 is your weekend!

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7 and 8 March 2020: two fun days full of exchange, inspiration and music. In the good company of young people from all over Belgium. Together with Rigoberta Menchú, winner of the Nobel Peace prize and vigorous human rights activist from Guatemala. For a just, climate-friendly society.

Help inspire young people


High school student and striving for a better world?


Teacher or educator?


PeaceJam 2020, a conference for and by young people who are wide-awake

An interactive two-day event to create young changemakers, understand global problems and set up campaigns that can stimulate long-lasting change. In dialogue with Rigoberta Menchú: Nobel Peace prize winner and vigorous human rights activist from Guatemala. With the inspiring guidance of students as mentors who will coach you enthusiastically.

Rigoberta Menchú on PeaceJam 2020

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You can help accomplish PeaceJam’s beautiful mission

PeaceJam is an international organization that wants to train young people to be future leaders who choose positive change. For themselves, their communities and the world. Since its foundation in 1996, PeaceJam has been providing teachers, youth workers and active young people with the means and methods to make a difference.

Big change starts step by step

If we step forward with hundreds of young people at the same time, we are well away. Your wishes and ideas are important to design a better future. That’s why PeaceJam 2020 is here. A powerful meeting place where the dream of more justice and respect for the climate becomes concrete.

Fourteen Nobel Peace prize winners form the Board of the PeaceJam Foundation. 

One day, Rigoberta Menchú decided, just like her Nobel colleagues Desmond Tutu and the 14th Dalai Lama  for example, to mobilize the people around her against injustice, dictatorship and repression by means of peaceful campaigns. PeaceJam introduces young people to the wisdom, perseverance and vigour of those brave examples.


09:00          registration and breakfast
10:00          opening ceremony
10:20          brainstorm in groups
11:15          speech Nobel prize winner and question time
12:30          lunch
13:30          brainstorm in groups
14:25          service projects
16:30          wrap up service projects
16:45          brainstorm in groups
17:35          The Jam


09:00          registration and breakfast
09:30          inspiration ceremony
10:45          brainstorm in groups
11:30          project preparation
11:50          project presentation
13:00          lunch
13:40          teambuilding
14:15          workshops
15:45          brainstorm in groups
16:30          final ceremony
17:00          word of thanks and goodbye

The life story of an incredibly strong woman

Born poor

Rigoberta Menchú was born in 1959 in a poor, indigenous family from Guatemala. When she was twenty, her brother and father were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the Guatemalan army. Her father died during the fire-raising of the Spanish embassy in 1980, which took place after urban guerrilla fighters were held hostage and attacked by the government’s security forces. 

Speaking out

Rigoberta Menchú fled to Mexico in 1981. The Venezuelan writer and anthropologist Elizabeth Burgos wrote down her life story. The book with the title “My Name is Rigoberta Menchú and that's how my Conscience was Born” was translated into five languages and turned Menchú into an international icon during the continuous conflict in Guatemala.

Nobel Peace prize

In 1992, she received the Nobel Peace prize for her continuing commitment to the rights of the indigenous peoples of Guatemala during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996), and for internationally promoting the rights of the indigenous peoples of Guatemala. During the elections of 2007 and 2011, she was a presidential candidate in Guatemala for her party ‘Winaq’, which she helped set up.