Mosaic believes in a project-based approach to community building.
A project-based approach means that activities have specific goals, a defined group of people involved and a timeline for beginning, middle and end. For instance, imagine an initiative that aims to teach people about sustainable food in the community (that's a goal). It might be run by a group of high school students, for their peers (those are its groups), and it could take place over a series of weekly workshops during one school year (that's its timeline). That would be a project. Mosaic believes that a project-based approach is the most effective way to build community through local peace education.
All Mosaic projects share some basic characteristics.
All Mosaic projects:
- Have an educational goal focusing on one of the Peace Education content areas;
- Have educational objectives for Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge;
- Deal with a specific theme that addresses a need of the local community;
- Have a specific target group and a project staff;
- Consist of three phases called Discover, Understand and Create;
- Have a beginning, middle and end that happen within one year;
- Reach out to as many people as possible in the community.
- Submit a proposal prior to the project and a report upon completion.
All projects receive training and support.
Mosaic projects take place locally but they receive training and support from a global team of peace education experts. The International Mosaic Committee (IMC) coordinates the Mosaic Programme globally. The committee offers training workshops and creates resources. It also provides one-to-one support for every project as it is conceptualised, planned, implemented and evaluated.