Photographs from MPI's 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training are available on our website. Check them out here.
You will find photos from all the courses and major events, such as opening and closing rituals and cultural night. You can also find the class pictures for each class as full scale photos.
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Mags Z. Maglana was the moderator for and synthesized the Public Forum held during MPI's 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training. The theme for the 2016 forum was “Overcoming Challenges: Making Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies a Reality.”
In an article in Sun Star Davao titled "The MPI Public Forum that is like the world," Mags comprehensively sythesized the forum, just as she did so during the forum itself. Even if you were able to attend the forum, it is worth reading Mags' article. You can access at Sus Star Davao here:
Following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., famous leader of the American nonviolence movement for Civil Rights, two professors from the United States visited St. Joseph College on January 25 to conduct an introductory training in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, joined by his wife and fellow nonviolence co-trainer, Professor Kay Johnson-Bueno de Mesquita, instructed more than 500 students in the philosophy and principles of Dr. King, who was heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.
|Nitha addressing a community meeting organized by the Ministry of Social Solidarity in Dili.|
In 2010, Joanita Silvira da Costa, or Nitha, as she prefers to be called, joined over one hundred other participants during the Annual Peacebuilding Training of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) that was held in Davao City, Philippines. The Annual Peacebuilding Training is a three-week intensive series of courses offered every year by MPI that aims to develop the capacity of individuals and their institutions in the field of peacebuilding. The courses explore the latest and most pressing issues on matters of peace, justice, and conflict.
Six years later, in 2016, Nitha generously shared her story and her journey as a peacebuilder in post-conflict Timor-Leste.
For the Muslim Maranao from the southern part of the Philippines around Lake Lanao, the word “rido” means clan feuds. Rido is a type of conflict most commonly observed in Mindanao and is characterized by sporadic outbursts of retaliatory violence between families and kinship groups, as well as between communities. But RIDO as an acronym is an organization that aims to solve this type of conflict.
The Reconciliatory Initiatives for Development Opportunities Incorporated (RIDO) have shared with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. (MPI) some of the amazing efforts that they have been making to propagate peace, counter violence with understanding and resolve/mitigate conflict in the areas in which they have been working. Over the past three years, from 2010 to 2012, RIDO recounted inspiring stories of hope and reconciliation in their publication entitled Kalilintad, the Maranao word for peace. Heading this organization are MPI alumni who participated in MPI’s Annual Peacebuilding Training in 2008 and 2009, including its Executive Director, Mr. Abdul Hamidullah “Pogie” T. Atar.