15 Participants from Kenya, DRC, Burundi and Rwanda Successfully Completed 2017 October Trainings
Published by GLPI on October 31, 2017
From October 2 to 27, 2017, GLPI hosted the annual peacebuilding training at the MIPAREC Conference Center in Gitega, Burundi. The training was an opportunity to gather several peace practitioners to deepen their analysis of the conflicts in the Great Lakes Region, to develop skills in reconciliation, mediation, and negotiation, to learn ways to heal from trauma, and to find better strategies to sustain peace efforts in different localities.
The training was a combination of coursework, role plays, participatory group activities, study trips, and reflective exercises. The training also offered a space to tackle personal journeys and reflect on how these could impact the community and society as a whole. It emphasized on the importance of bottom-up peacebuilding approach and the bridging of gaps between policy-level efforts and grassroots initiatives in order to promote a comprehensive and integrated peacebuilding approach in the region.
As participants came from different organizations and communities, they were able to share about their work experiences, address stereotypes of each other, and learn better ways of understanding each other’s personal journeys.
Each year, four primary course modules are offered during the October Institute, depending on the need and interests in terms of training and capacity building in the region. One course module is taught in each week. This year, four course modules were offered during the 2017 October Institute as follows: 1) Conflict Analysis in the Great Lakes Region; 2) Fundamental Frameworks for Peacebuilding; 3) Understanding and Response to Stress and Trauma; and 4) Peace and Development. The course modules were facilitated by Issa Sadi Ebombolo from Zambia, William Kiptoo from Kenya, Violette Nyirarukundo from Rwanda, and Rogers Odima from Kenya.
Participants who attend the trainings came from Kigali in Rwanda; Muyinga, Mutaho, Gitega, and Bujumbura in Burundi; Goma, Uvira, and Bukavu in DRC; and Nairobi in Kenya. They represent different organizations and sectors such as the Ministère de la Paix et la Rèconciliation sous la Croix (MIPAREC), Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC), Shalom Development, Friends Peace House (FPH), Friends Peace Church, Union Chrétienne pour la Paix et le Développement (UCPD), Initiatives pour la Réconciliation Communitaire (INIREC), Initiative Pastorale de Réinsertion des Enfants en Difficulté (IPRED), Africa Reconciled, Internationales ACM YMCA, SAJOG (Seasons of Joy Group), and Global Unites (Kenya National Chapter).
"This training is very useful in understanding the causes of conflicts not just in our respective countries but in the region as a whole. I feel inspired to go back to my community and share with them what I have learned, and hopefully initiate some good efforts we can do together", one of the participants shared.
Indeed, GLPI 2017 had been a successful year in sowing seeds of hope, strength, and creativity among peace practitioners in the Great Lakes Region. GLPI is ready to face 2018 with renewed energy and to welcome new participants and organizations to be part of this meaningful learning experience.
Here are the highlights from the training: