August 2011: Peace Resources Group provides 3-weeks training for collaborators of peace and development projects on non-violent conflict management and development of peace strategies.
This workshop took place from 18th to the 26th of August 2011 in Bujumbura, held by Baldal Valentin Oyamta (from Tchad), Guenter Schoenegg and Valborg Edert (from Germany). It responded to a long list of demands from peace builders in Francophone African countries. Participants from Burundi, Rwanda, Chad, Cameroon, Togo and Democratic Republic of Congo were trained in conflict management methods - conflict analysis, communication, mediation skills and development of peace strategies adapted to their own conflict context. Smaller groups duelled on topics like: conflicts on natural resources, train the trainers, conflict sensitive development, peace education, conflicts in/and between organisations. The trainers used a wide variety of interactive training methods. At the end, each participant developed his own work plan, applying the new knowledge and tools acquired.
The programme was enriched by field visits to Burundi peace projects. Lectures were also delivered by external experts on Transitional Justice, dealing with rumours, and the negotiations of Aruhsa Peace Treaties. At the end, the participants recommended to multiply these type of trainings in francophone Africa countries and to set up a platform for peace builders in Africa.
Some impressions from the workshop (click on a photo to start the galerie):