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One Last Chance - Conflict resolution training

The training activity took place
in Ballangen/Narvik, Norway
organised by Narviksenteret
14-18. November 2017
Reference person

Jose Branco

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Aims & objectives

This training, was the third edition of the same training concept. It aimed to equip youth workers with competences relevant for conflict management in a multicultural Europe. This was based on the observed tensions around the continent, some of which are contributing to hate speech and even violence. For the Narvik War & Peace Centre this is part of our core function.

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

The target group was youth workers from a selection of countries, from southern to northern Europe. We had participants from Norway, Portugal, Ireland, Bulgaria, Spain, Macedonia, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Poland and Sweden.
The trainers team was from Norway, Portugal and Poland

Training methods used & main activities

The training was largely built around the simulation exercise "Mission Z: One last chance", which is a game-based exercise developed as part of a KA2-project (and highlighted as a 'Success Story'). Leading up to the exercise, we ran a number of brainstorming activities to establish definitions, and provide some input relevant for the training. In subsequent sessions of the programme we had, among other things, more exercises to process the learning points of the simulation - some of which were gamified. We also visited Narvik War Museum for a tour of the exhibitions, followed by a session of remembrance education.

Outcomes of the activity

The written feedback we collected after the training provided very positive reviews. Participants highlighted the mix of methods and the content as their best experience.

All participants have formulated their own follow-up plans, which are due to be completed and reported on to the facilitating team by February 2018.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was one of 3 trainers of this programme, working with the other 2 on all parts of the project cycle. My main parts of facilitation were based around Non Violent Communication and Empathy.

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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