Bottom-Up Transformation: Experiences and Practices of Grassroots Peacebuilding in Mindanao (BT) (Classroom and Field-Based Course)

Bottom-Up Transformation: Experiences and Practices of Grassroots Peacebuilding in Mindanao (BT) (Classroom and Field-Based Course)

Catholic Relief Services Peacebuilding Team (Philippines) and MPI Partners

This combined classroom and field course will explore experiences and practices of grassroots peacebuilding in Mindanao. It seeks to distill lessons, emerging strategies, and also challenges in addressing violence, transforming conflict, and rebuilding communities from the perspective of grassroots peacebuilders. Understanding that grassroots peacebuilding needs to be contextualized within the larger framework of building peace, the course also will examine how efforts from the ground are harnessed, constrained, and complemented amidst the wide array of efforts of various stakeholders and actors in the society.

Visits will be to communities in Central Mindanao that have experienced sectarian violence and have undertaken community-based peacebuilding efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with key leaders and local people to learn about initiatives in interreligious dialogue, zones of peace, peace education, peace advocacy, conflict resolution and peace governance.