This is a reference for Darko Mitevski

Be part of the solution - Conflict resolution training

The training activity took place
in Braunlage, Germany
organised by NaturKultur e.V.
1-7 December 2015

Aims & objectives

1. To gain knowledge on conflict resolution, conflict mediation and conflict prevention. Youth workers, trainers and youngsters often during project come to situations where big conflicts between the participants occur, very often themselves being part of the arguments. It is key for youth workers to learn how to address their own conflicts and emotions, to learn how to mediate and resolve conflicts and implement this knowledge in sharing the knowledge with other youth workers in the home country and making solution oriented events and projects.
2. Make multiplying events in the countries of the participants. After return to the home country each participant will be responsible for organizing a workshop for conflict resolution (they can decide on target group, workshops, how many days, program, goals etc). Also to develop multinational follow up projects on peace building topics.
3. Send a powerful message to the governments and wider public that we as youth workers want to be part of the solution, and not the part of the problem. The workshops in home countries should be e-documented (photos, short videos) and a short video as compilation of all events should be done as part of the dissemination of the project results.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

in total 45 trainers, participants and helpers from 12 conflicts countries: Palestine/Israel, Russia/Ukraine, Kosovo/Serbia/Croatia, Cyprus/Turkey, Macedonia/Greece/Germany.

Training methods used & main activities

We were using non-formal methods of education that are strategically designed to create peace building by the end of the project. From structured debates, full day conflict simulations, emotional self-defense workshops where the participants could make self assessment, to switching roles simulations, many methods that were designed for this project.

Outcomes of the activity

We develop the people from the conflict countries that will know how to handle their emotions, how to approach the conflict and how to address different dimensions of the conflict. These people developed clear path of what will they do in future to address the conflict between the two countries. The evaluations are the most concrete way to measure the success of the project. From 36 received evaluations, 32 were rated with 5 for quality of program and general organization of the training(1-5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best), which means that the participants were really happy with the program.

We are waiting for the results from multiplication and dissemination from the project.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was leading the trainers team, selecting the team members, made the initial design of the agenda. Then with the team we further developed the workshops, made the flow, did some fine-tuning on all workshops so it will better fit the needs of the participants.

I worked on this training for 10 days as a full time trainer.

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