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Global peacebuilders converge for 3-week training in Davao

by Edith T. Isidro

Davao City (29 May) -- About 121 participants and facilitators representing 19 nationalities have converged in the city since May 17 for the three-week 11th Annual Peacebuilding Training which is expected to conclude on June 4.

The nationalities include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Fiji Islands, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Timor Leste and the United States

The activity is an annual training event of the Davao-based Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI), one of the peacebuilding resource centers in Asia which aims to provide skills to practicing peacebuilders, conduct research, and build solidarity within the conflict transformation framework.

This year, MPI offers 12 courses (clustered in three sets) on themes ranging from conflict transformation and peace education to trauma healing and core protection and advocacy.

These include both classroom-based learning and field exposure courses. Core modules are taught at the Mindanao Training Resource Center (MTRC) in Bajada, Davao City.

MPI Director Christine Vertucci said the various modules offered in this year's training program have been carefully designed to suit the needs and socio-political contexts from which the 121 participants come.

"Through field exposure, we also expect the participants to learn first-hand the peculiarity as well as common attributes of the Mindanao conflict scenario with those in their respective countries and distill some applicable models in resolving them," said Vertucci.

The three sets of course modules include: a) Foundation Courses (Introduction to Conflict Transformation; Introduction to Peace Education; Active Nonviolence: Philosophy, Theory and Practice; and Fundamentals of Peacebuilding); b) Thematic Courses (Conflict Resolution Skills: Mediation, Negotiation and Dialogue; Advanced Mediation; Religion: Peacebuilding in Multi-Cultural Societies; and Trauma Healing and Reconciliation in Divided Communities); and c) Combination of Thematic Course (Core Protection and Peace Advocacy) and Peacebuilding Field Exposure Courses (Community Responses to Conflict; Formal and Informal Approaches to Peace Education; and People's Participation in Peace Processes).

MPI was established in the year 2000 through the collective effort of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to bring together peacebuilders of diverse cultures from the Asia-Pacific Region to participate in its annual peacebuilding training.

Since its inception, MPI has been a meeting place of peacebuilders from countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Fiji Islands, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, USA, the Philippines and other countries.

MPI may be contacted through its website or telephone number (63 82) 2822455. (PIA XI) [top]

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