Babu Ayindo is a storyteller, educator, facilitator, researcher and writer. For over two decades, he has been involved in arts and peacebuilding work in various contexts. Babu has served as Artistic Director of Chelepe Arts in Nairobi, Kenya and founding artistic director of Amani People’s Theatre also in Nairobi, Kenya. Besides his arts-based work, Babu has over 20 years’ experience in the design, facilitation and evaluation of peacebuilding processes, and peace and economic empowerment programs for various agencies throughout the world. His publications include: co-authoring When You Are the Peacebuilder, published by the United States Institute of Peace, 2001, which was selected by The Academy for Educational Development as a ‘top product’ in conflict resolution and peacebuilding; “Arts Approaches to Peace: Playing Our Way to Transcendence,” published in Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies (University of America Press, Inc., 2008); Mpatanishi: A Handbook for Community Based Mediators, published in 2010 by PeaceNet; and In Search of Healers, published by the Coalition of Peace in Africa in 2011. He holds a BEd from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. In December 2017, he was awarded his PhD at the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Course for 2020: Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding (AACP)