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WEEK 1: May 13 – May 17, 2019

The Foundation Courses lay out the fundamental parameters, approaches and processes encompassed in the field of peacebuilding.

From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions

Phyusin Ngwethaw (Myanmar) and Joan McGregor (South Africa/United Kingdom)

This course is designed for aid, development and peace practitioners working in situations affected by conflict and violence. It will explore the importance of designing interventions based on careful analysis of the context, taking into account the relationship between the conflict context and the intended intervention. It will provide an overview of current frameworks and approaches of context conflict analysis at different community and societal levels. It will explore the range of interventions that are needed to work towards sustainable peace. Participants will learn to apply practical tools for conflict analysis as a critical step in designing appropriate conflict sensitive initiatives.

Broadly, conflict context analysis will help participants identify different types of conflict, the causes of conflicts, the actors directly and indirectly involved, the progression and dynamics of the conflict, opportunities for resolution and possible outcomes. The course will concretely link the steps from analysis to relevant action towards effective change to transform the conflict and work towards sustainable peace, taking into account the concept of Do No Harm through conflict sensitive approaches.

This course will be ideal for individuals working at policy or programmatic levels in community-based organizations, NGOs, INGOs that focus on relief, development or peacebuilding programs, and government officials responsible for development and relief services.

Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB)

Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji) and Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral (Philippines)

This course introduces participants to the broad field of peacebuilding. It will provide a comprehensive overview of peacebuilding and its multi-disciplinary and multi-level aspects. It will focus on how peacebuilding can bring about transformation in interpersonal, communal and societal violent conflicts through theory, analysis and practice. The course will help participants explore the challenges and dilemmas of peacebuilding in contemporary, protracted and violent conflict and will have a special emphasis on the development of a strategic framework for peacebuilding, primarily from the perspective of non-governmental practitioners. Participants will interact with current theories, analyses and practices, with ample opportunity for developing analytic and peacebuilding skills through exercises, simulations, and case studies. Participants will be expected to work in teams on a collaborative application of the framework.

Introduction to Conflict Transformation (ICT)

Wendy Kroeker (Canada) and Michael Frank A. Alar (Philippines)

This course will present an introduction to the field of conflict transformation with a focus on the theoretical understandings of conflict and conflict transformation as well as the development and application of frameworks for this field. The key areas of attention will be to build understanding of the role of conflict in peacebuilding, to enhance the application of conflict transformation skills to the analysis of conflict, and to explore the challenges and practices of intervening in conflict dynamics. Opportunity will be given to reflect on strategies for one’s home and work context. The course will be experiential in nature, allowing for conflict resolution skill practice and enhancement of conflict transformation understandings through discussion and group work. Teaching methodologies will encompass large and small group discussions, role plays, interactive exercises, and case analyses.

Mainstreaming Peace Education in Communities and Schools (MaPEC)

Orson Sargado (Philippines) and Kathy Matsui (Japan)

Drawing on ideas, perspectives, and experiences from diverse contexts, this course seeks to provide peace education practitioners with a holistic and critical understanding of the concepts and approaches used in peace education. Essentially, the course explores approaches towards the development of a culture of peace as embodied in the UNESCO Program of Peace which encompasses the specific themes for the formation of the values of peace, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and respect for human rights. The course will also assist the participants in honing their competencies on how to develop and implement peace-oriented programs for their respective organizations reflective of the peace education framework through the experiences and lessons from different contexts. The course will help them become more intentional in integrating the peace education paradigm in their current peacebuilding and conflict transformation efforts.

The course welcomes formal and non-formal education teachers, community workers, and leaders of civil society organizations, government and religious leaders, military officers, youth leaders and any individual involved in peacebuilding.

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