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Voice for Human Rights (VFHR), the institute for Conflict and Peace Education announces CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOP

Conflict transformation and sustainable peace

Who is the workshop meant for :

The Voice For Human Rights Conflict Transformation Workshop is designed for a mixture of individuals including but not limited to: practitioners, grassroots leaders, active community members , religious community leaders, students and educators a wide range of backgrounds, sector of society and communities.

About the workshop:

The workshop hopes to help participants explore the concept of conflict and how this understanding, vigorous analysis and strategic planning can help communities transform a violent, debilitating conflict through the process of conflict transformation helping to create sustainable peace. Further, understanding that the process of conflict transformation and even further peace building is never a single-track, single-level phenomenon as even communal conflict is inevitably immersed in a larger mulch-lateral system that is complex in nature, with many diverse actors, processes and agendas. In order to comprehend the tools and processes for conflict transformation and the ways in which it might prove appropriate to utilize them, there must be a fundamental understanding of the concept of conflict, peace, and naturally conflict transformation. Thus, this is what this training aims to do; begin by introducing and discussing the definitions and complex dynamics of conflict and contributory factors, critically analyzing the notion of peace and eventually making our way towards exploring processes, practices and tools. Participants will utilize the knowledge and tools in a number of ways. Throughout the course, there will be a training-long conflict mapping exercise in which we will analyze a real world community conflict case study. To further facilitate learning and to provide a medium of consistent practice, participants will be engaging in a number of role-play exercises as well as online conflict transformation and peace building simulations.

This conflict transformation workshop focuses on skills, but we hope that by conclusion of this training these tools and strategies will be understood to have emerged out of a deeper foundation and continue to function in an extremely complex system. We hope participants will be able to understand that conflict transformation efforts are not an simple or easy process but rather require continued sustained efforts over a long period of time. Conflict transformation does not occur at one time or one-level, it is a process. Ultimately this workshop hopes to only introduce participants to conflict analysis and transformation but to guide them in understanding their role in this process and how these can be utilize the material and skills they have learned to contribute to building sustainable peace in their communities.

Link of the workshop schedule and application form:

A link to the planned workshop schedule and application form can be found here:http://voiceforhumanrights.org/conflict-transformation-workshop/

Application Process:

• Fill out entire application and submit by March 24, 2013. Before submitting double check to ensure that all necessary information is provided.

• Submit application to voiceforhumanrights@gmail.com

You can either print out the application form and fill it out with a black ink pen (be sure to write legibly), then scan the completed document and send it to voiceforhumanrights@gmail.com

Or

You may fill out the form via word processor (Microsoft Word, etc.), save and submit the completed document by emailing it to voiceforhumanrights@gmail.com

If you have any questions about how to submit please feel free to email us at voiceforhumanrights@gmail.com

• You will be notified by email if you selected to participate in the workshop. Applications will be reviewed in the in order in which they are received. Due to the limited number of available openings, you are highly encouraged to apply early. If you are not initially selected to participate in the workshop you may ask to be added to the waitlist. In the event that an individual is no longer able to participate in the workshop or they are dropped for not being present (without excuse) for the first workshop session you may be added to the course.

• If selected to participate in the workshop you will be sent further information via email upon acceptance.

Requirements for Participants:

• Fluency in English

• Relatively reliable access to internet (please contact us if you have difficulty with this criteria and we may be able to assist you)

• Availability for 3 hour block once a week for class meetings (day will be determined once selection of participants is complete)

• A passion for the subject of conflict transformation and sustainable peace

• Willing to work and interact with on a fairly consistent basis with a diverse group of individuals

Last date for submission of application: 24 March 2013

Workshop Commencement Date: 7April 2013

Workshop End Date: 10 May 2013

Duration of workshop: 6 weeks, once a week class session of 3 hours each

For more details, contact:

1) Ashly Bloxon,
Executive Director VFHR ashlybloxon@gmail.com

2)Urmila Chanam
Director: Programs & Outreach VFHR urmila.chanam@gmail.com

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