GLPI held its 15th Annual Peacebuilding Trainings
Published by GLPI on October 28, 2018
GLPI held its 15th annual peacebuilding training on October 1-26, 2018 at the MIPAREC Conference Center in Gitega, Burundi. A total of seventeen (17) participants attended the month-long October 2018 institute, coming from DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. This is by far the most number of countries represented in GLPI trainings since we started offering our trainings in 2004.
Four one-week course modules were offered for the entire month, i.e. 1) Conflict Analysis in the Great Lakes Region, 2) Fundamental Frameworks for Peacebuilding, 3) Understanding and Response to Trauma, and 4) Peace and Development. They were facilitated by peace experts and trainers from Rwanda, Kenya, and Zambia, who taught the courses both in English and French.
Participants learned, through our combined intensive course work and field learning visits, some theoretical insights and practical skills useful to their community and work involvements, such as conflict analysis, conflict responses, mediation, negotiation and reconciliation methods, trauma awareness and response, do-no-harm and conflict sensitivity approaches, sustainable peace and development strategies, and organizational and community leadership practices.
GLPI encourages a learning approach that improves participation and fosters collaborative learning, thus the participants enjoyed the opportunity to mutually share their learnings and insights about their work experiences and to encourage pursuit for their goals and vision for their respective organizations and communities.
Above all, given the regional representation of this learning environment, participants worked together in drawing a regional analysis of the causes and dynamics of conflicts and violence happening in the Great Lakes Region, as well as in exploring solutions appropriate and relevant to different contexts.
One of the participants shared: “I appreciate the openness, camaraderie, and family spirit we gain at GLPI. While there are political tensions between and among countries we represent, being able to come here to learn together about dynamics of conflict, engage into dialogues about issues that affect our nations, and share ideas and insights about our drive for peace, not only during class but also over coffee or meals, is itself a sign of peacebuilding, which is important in the African Great Lakes Region”.
During the course of the October 2018 institute, participants shared different testimonies of transformation in their values and mindsets, addressed stereotypes and prejudices, and gained tools and frameworks on various aspects of peacebuilding they are able to carry with them back home.
17 participants from Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda attended our month-long October 2018 annual peacebuilding trainings in Gitega, Burundi