Please note: This article was originally published on the PaCSIA website.
PaCSIA is thrilled to announce that Francis Nazia, Bougainville peacebuilder and member of Bougainville Indigenous Dialogue, is the recipient of two scholarships which will enable him to attend intensive peacebuilding training at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute’s Annual Peacebuilding Training in 2017.
The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) is an Asian training institute grounded in the Mindanao, Philippines, context that provides a space for people of diverse backgrounds to gather together, share and learn in a safe environment where all viewpoints are encouraged and respected. MPI is a resource for peacebuilders: providing skills, conducting research and building solidarity within the Asia-Pacific Region. The next Annual Training will be from May 8-26, 2017 in Davao City, Philippines.
This article was originally posted on the Student Peace Prize website and reposted with permission. Antero da Silva is one of the first alumni of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute.
Timor-Leste is a country in Southeast Asia, and is one of the youngest countries in the world as it got it’s independence May 20th 2002, after a long and brutal fight against the Indonesian occupation. From the 16th century Timor-Leste was a Portuguese colony, until the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) declared the territory’s independence in 1975. Only nine days after the independence from Portugal, Timor-Leste was occupied by Indonesia. The Indonesian occupation were characterized by struggle, violence, and conflict between the Indonesian military and independence fighters.
Antero Benedito da Silva
Antero da Silva grew up during this chaotic time, but was always dreaming of an independent and peaceful island. Da Silva founded East Timor Student Solidarity Council (ETSSC) in 1998, as a way for students to participate in the ongoing struggle for independence and democracy. He opened up student offices across the whole island, where people could learn about the benefits for an independent country. The Indonesian military and government did not approve of this, and were fighting against the opposition with all means. This led to deaths of several students, and just being part of a student organization made you a target for the Indonesian military. Antero da Silva, as the founder of ETSSC, were seen as one of the most important activists during the struggle for independence and democracy in Timor-Leste. And in 1999 he and ETSSC were awarded the Student Peace Prize for their non-violent against the Indonesian occupation. Da Silva’s work proved to be effective as the country became independent only a few years after he received the Student Peace Prize.
We are pleased to share with you the pdf Report of the MPI 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training (5.56 MB) . The report provides an overview of all the activities and events that took place during the three-week training last May 16-June 3, 2016. Here, you will also read some of the reflections, insights and the collective experiences of those who were with us during this year’s Annual Peacebuilding Training.
One important note about the MPI 2016 Report is that this is packaged differently, in an effort to make it more attractive and reader-friendly. We hope that you will enjoy reading this new formatted report. We would greatly appreciate hearing your responses, comments or suggestions on how we could do things better to improve both our reports and future trainings.
On another matter, we are happy to announce that we have already fixed the dates for the MPI 2017 Annual Peacebuilding Training, which will be held from May 8-26, 2017, in Davao City, Philippines. The MPI 2017 Information Packet will be shared with you by the first week of December, when applications will be officially opened. We will be sharing updates and the exciting new courses that we are developing for MPI 2017 in the weeks to come. As always, we ask that you help us disseminate this information to your colleagues, partners, networks, and friends.
Additionally, all updates and announcements about the upcoming 2017 training will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. We encourage you to visit these sites from time to time for the latest news and updates about MPI and the training.
We are truly grateful for your continued support to MPI. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you next year.
We are very excited to share the news about online resources and course from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) 100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding as they mark the centennial of working for peace. The following message is from Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs as AFSC.
As Associate General Secretary for International Programs at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and an AfP Board Member, I am eager to share with you a new, online collection that I believe can enhance the peacebuilding, civil resistance, and social justice work of both our organizations. As we all strive to make the case for the value of conflict prevention and violence reduction, the collection, “100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding”, can be an important resource to draw on and point to.
The link for the materials is: https://www.usipglobalcampus.org/training/afsc/
In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace and in recognition of AFSC’s upcoming 100th year anniversary, we designed a six-chapter, free, self-guided course that we believe you’ll find useful in your activism, education, and exploration. The curated collection includes videos, photographs, reading materials, and activities that provide insights and lessons, from across the world and right here in the United States, relevant to the conflicts and oppression we witness today.
The collection celebrates the stories of individual peace builders, activists, and community leaders, many of whom have risked their lives to bravely promote nonviolence, mediate with those committing violence, and call for social change. We are honored by the collection’s welcoming remarks by the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, as well as those by Victor Ochen, United Nations Ambassador for Peace and Justice, and friend to both AfP and AFSC. We hope that you will engage with this online resource and share it widely.