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WEEK 2: May 20 – May 24, 2019

The Thematic Courses build on the foundational material by delving into particular strategic areas and focused applications.

Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding (AACP)

Babu Ayindo (Kenya) and Kyoko Okumoto (Japan)

The course is grounded on the belief that all humans are artists; therefore, it is designed for any peace worker interested in tapping into his/her own individual creativity in composing works and processes of meaning, beauty and imagination while simultaneously working towards breaking cycles of violence. This is an intensive course that intentionally seeks to go beyond the popular claim that the “arts are powerful;” it rigorously examines the nature and theory of arts-based approaches to peacebuilding from a variety of settings.

Through interactive and experiential learning, the course explores select art forms and how they evolve and intersect with community-based efforts in building peace. These art forms include: storytelling, handwork, forum theater, visual arts, music and dance. The learning space is intentionally organized to provide a supportive and challenging environment for participants to propose and/or strengthen arts-based initiatives relevant to their own contexts.

Be the Change: Designing Transformative Justpeace through the Power of Nonviolence (ANV)

Jonathan Rudy (USA) and Krizanti Cruzado (Philippines)

This course takes the participants through imagining the world where everyone has justice and peace. Participants will explore their own role in the change process and then look at theories that use nonviolent strategies to achieve that world. Using frameworks and case studies, participants will be provided with a venue to identify creative and transformative change processes that they could use, and/or integrate into existing peacebuilding and conflict transformation programs in their own community. Role plays and simulations will give participants reflective space to imagine and practice nonviolent responses to potentially harmful situations. The course will be participatory, using such methods as discussion, role plays, case studies, small group work that allows participants to use their existing skills, reading, and multi-media sources including videos.


Conflict Resolution Skills: Mediation and Dialogue (CRS)

Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji) and Wendy Kroeker (Canada)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or an equivalent course or experience

This course will explore the theory and practice of different conflict resolution methods with an emphasis on mediation and dialogue. Sessions on mediation will focus on the conceptual framework, process and practice of mediation in both interpersonal and group contexts. Discussions on dialogue will explore frameworks, tools and applications for interpersonal and group/community conflicts. Participants will also learn techniques and skills of facilitation and relationship-building in inter-group conflicts as a method of nonviolent conflict resolution and transformation. Teaching methodologies will encompass large and small group discussions, role plays, interactive exercises, and case analyses.

Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding Practitioners (MEPP)

Mark M. Rogers (USA) and Myla Leguro (Philippines)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or an equivalent course or experience

This course approaches monitoring and evaluation from a learning perspective and introduces theories of change, indicators, monitoring, evaluation design, and tools for reflective practice. Course objectives are to enable participants to practice evaluative thinking; design better projects; monitor and learn from those projects more regularly and effectively; engage with evaluation more thoroughly; and improve practice and accountability of all concerned parties.

The emphasis of the course is on utilization-focused evaluation and working with qualitative data through mini-lectures, experiential learning exercises, and practical case applications. It is for peacebuilding practitioners and professionals. Participants should already be familiar with the theory and practice of peacebuilding, but new to the field of monitoring and evaluation.

Understanding Culture and Identity as a Resource for Peacebuilding (UCIRP)

Joan McGregor (South Africa/United Kingdom)

This course will explore the overarching questions about identity and culture – religion, political affiliation, family dynasties, clan relationships, nationality, gender and the marginalized: what part of these labels is identity? What part of these is culture? How and when does power come into play? How do communities retain their identity without falling into an ethnocentric mindset that can lead to exclusion and conflict? How does one’s identity affect one’s role in civil society? How can we, as peacebuilders, become multi-cultural?

This course is designed to focus on issues related to prejudice, exclusion and marginalization. It will deepen understanding of some of the key elements that shape identity and examine how identity can change. It will also examine concepts of culture, and explore the interplay between culture and identity. Participants will be expected to be willing to explore their own identity and culture as part of the learning journey. Throughout the week, the knowledge and experience of participants will contribute to the learning process, which will be participatory and draw on many different techniques, including small group and plenary discussion, short presentations, application of frameworks to participants’ own contexts, role plays and simulations. Space will be created to practice skills essential for cross-cultural communication.

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