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WEEK 2: May 14 – May 18, 2018

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

The Field-Based Courses provide learning opportunities by engaging real world communities where peacebuilding practices and initiatives are being implemented, challenged and refined. These courses will draw on the diversity of peacebuilding initiatives present in Mindanao, Philippines, and help the participants consolidate their classroom-based learning.

Jonathan Rudy (USA) and Bobet Original Dimaukom (Philippines)

This course takes the participants through imagining and practicing 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.


Catholic Relief Services Peacebuilding Team (Philippines) and MPI Partners

This combined classroom and field course will explore experiences and practices of grassroots peacebuilding in Mindanao. It seeks to distill lessons, emerging strategies, and also challenges in addressing violence, transforming conflict, and rebuilding communities from the perspective of grassroots peacebuilders. Understanding that grassroots peacebuilding needs to be contextualized within the larger framework of building peace, the course also will examine how efforts from the ground are harnessed, constrained, and complemented amidst the wide array of efforts of various stakeholders and actors in the society.

Visits will be to communities in Central Mindanao that have experienced sectarian violence and have undertaken community-based peacebuilding efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with key leaders and local people to learn about initiatives in interreligious dialogue, zones of peace, peace education, peace advocacy, conflict resolution and peace governance.


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.

Zon Vanel (Indonesia) and Foundation for Media Alternatives Team (Philippines)

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

This course is designed for grassroots peacebuilders with limited technological skills. It will provide an introduction and review of recent technological developments in the areas of online and mobile communication, with particular emphasis on safe and secure communication for those working in high-risk settings and with concern for Do No Harm. The course will also explore how new media can be both an aggravator of conflict and a tool for conflict transformation. The course will introduce various applications that can be utilized for peacebuilding work, many of which have been intentionally designed for such purposes.

Joan McGregor (South Africa/United Kingdom) and Baht Latumbo (Philippines)

In this rapidly changing world, where internal and external borders are being erased and where electronic communication has almost no boundaries, societies are multicultural and diverse. Such diversity, especially emerging at such a rapid pace, can lead to misunderstanding, ethnocentrism, and the exclusion or even repression of groups based on their identity and culture. This can lead to violent conflict in all its forms. On the other hand, diversity can be embraced and contribute to a vibrant and resilient society.

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 multicultural?

This course is designed to focus on issues related to ethnocentrism, 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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