Peace Village is located in Messines, the smallest city of Belgium, near Ypres.The Peace Village is situated in an unique rural surrounding with beautiful sceneries and remarkable views.
The History of the Peace Village starts with the creation of the Irish Peace Park. The realization of the Peace Park happened under the tuition of the non-profit organization, A Journey of Reconciliation. The memorial was officially inaugurated, on the 11th of November 1998, by Queen Elizabeth II, President McAleese and King Albert II.
Another important reason for the creation of the Peace Village was the presence of the International School for Peace Studies, which was established in 2001 in Messines. The aim of this Northern Irish organization is to bring young people from around the whole island of Ireland together in Messines. The place where their ancestors fought side by side during the First World War. It was the presence of both that led to the construction of the Peace Village, an international rural hostel.
The first stone was placed on the 7th of June 2005 by the First Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern in the presence of the Mayor of Messines, Sandy Evrard and the Flemish Minister of Administrative Affairs, Foreign Policy, Media and Tourism, Geert Bourgeois. Only one year later the accommodation was officially opened. The inauguration took place on the 7th of June 2006 by the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, the British Minister of Northern Ireland, David Hanson, the Flemish Minister for Administrative Affairs, Foreign Policy, Media and Tourism, Geert Bourgeois and Sandy Evrard, the Mayor of Messines. In 2008 a shift took place in the Board of Directors. They defined new key objectives. The objectives are as follows:
• accessibility for foreign and domestic groups, for instance: school groups, families, socio-cultural groups, sports clubs, people with disabilities, youth associations, ...
• providing value for money, so the international rural hostel can serve as a perfect base for exploring the region
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