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Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice (IPTP)

Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice (IPTP)

Maria Ida Giguiento (Philippines) and Miriam L. Suacito (Philippines)

Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice (IPTP)
Maria Ida Giguiento (Philippines) and Miriam L. Suacito (Philippines)

This course provides an overview of the peacebuilding field and introduces participants to the theories, practices, and basic skills needed to engage in peacebuilding work. As a foundation course, participants will interact with theories of peace, conflict, and violence and apply these to real-life situations and experiences in order to draw lessons useful for peacebuilders working in situations of conflict and violence. The course also introduces the complex challenges of contemporary peacebuilding and encourages the creative development of strategic peacebuilding approaches that seek to transform conflicts and violence in various contexts and cultural settings into positive social relations and structures.

MARIA IDA GIGUIENTO

Deng GiguientoMaria Ida “Deng" Giguiento is one of the two recipients of the 2015 Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action Award. This was given in recognition of her work in interreligious dialogue in Mindanao, Philippines and Timor-Leste. She is also a recipient of the 2018 Peace Weaver Award, a yearly recognition for those who contribute to building peace in Mindanao. Her past experiences included being the Peacebuilding Training Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Philippines from 2005-2018, and a member of the Project Reference Group for a curriculum development project involving best practices of civil society working with security forces to improve human security. She also served as the Director of the Peace Education Center of Notre Dame University in Cotabato City from 1995-1999.

A grassroots peacebuilder from the Philippines, Deng has dedicated nearly three decades using the conflict transformation paradigm in working with partners in Mindanao and post-independent Timor-Leste. From 1999-2004, she worked on post-conflict peacebuilding among Timorese youth, women, and former non-state actors. As a practitioner, Deng has trained students, teachers, school administrators, religious leaders, civil society groups, military officials and non-state actors in peacebuilding concepts and skills development. With MPI, she has been a facilitator from 2000-2017. After taking a short break, Deng is now back facilitating courses at MPI.

MIRIAM L. SUACITO

Dedette SuacitoMiriam “Deddette” L. Suacito is the Executive Director of Nagdilaab Foundation, located in Isabela City, Basilan Province, Mindanao, Philippines. The organization undertakes community development and peacebuilding activities among Muslim communities in Basilan. She has over 30 years of experience as a community organizer, educator, trauma counselor, and trainer among grassroots communities in conflict-ridden areas of Mindanao.

Deddette holds a BS in Psychology from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines, certificates of completion for special courses taken at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, Philippines, and is an alumna of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University, USA. She also holds the distinction as being one of the 1,000 women collectively nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

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