For 20 years, MPI has successfully conducted its Annual Peacebuilding Training program on-site. Each year, over a hundred participants from different parts of the world converged in Davao City to participate in MPI’s three-week training. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has let MPI to explore new directions and ways of conducting trainings through virtual platforms.
This crisis has been an opportunity for MPI to explore other avenues to continue building just and peaceful communities in the Asia-Pacific and to take calculated risk in order to remain true its mission of being a resource to its network, alumni, and other peacebuilders in the region and around the world. It is in this context that MPI's virtual learning platform emerged.
We invite you to join us, not only for the courses we have lined up, but to explore how we can all stay connected and relevant in this "new normal."
A multi-layered examination of peace and violence from the perspective of culture, addressing questions such as: How are attitudes towards peace and violence reflected in the way cultures enact discipline, security, education, reconciliation, etc.? How are peace and violence reflected in expressions of popular culture and various sub-cultures? How are peace and violence modeled in relationships between different cultures? How might the very idea of culture be questioned through the lens of peace?
Facilitators: Wendy Kroeker and Michael Frank Alar
The Arts Building Peace online course will provide participants with the space and tools to tap into and enhance their own individual creative potential and deepen their knowledge and skills in arts approaches to building peace relevant to their contexts. This course gives the opportunity for rich interaction with participants and experienced practitioners from diverse cultures who are engaged in creative approaches in conflict transformation.
Facilitators: Babu Ayindo and Kyoko Okumoto
Peace education is an essential task of moving a society to a culture of peace. Where and how this education happens is a matter of strategic priority when resources are limited.
Through interactive online-based learning, participants will bring their existing wisdom to the task of thinking through the design, content, and facilitation aspects of peace education for different ages in their settings. This course will involve work outside the synchronous learning sessions. Participants will be presenting their work to the group throughout the course.
Facilitator: Jon Rudy