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Striving for Diversity – Fighting Intolerance: Mediation Training and Conflict Management Seminar

The training activity took place
in Zielona Gora, Poland
organised by International Politics Working Group of AEGEE – Europe in cooperation
April 15th 2007 – April 21st 2007
Reference person

Lorenzo Nava

(co-trainer)
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Aims & objectives

In the past years people had to experience that also in Europe conflicts can escalate and that Human Rights are not equally treated in every country.

The aim of this training was to bring together young Europeans with different perspectives on conflicts and to educate them in mediating conflicts in order to strengthen a “peace network” that crosses religious, ethnic, and geographic boundaries.

This overall idea of the training led to several objectives:

- To educate the participants to take over a moderating role in the solution process of ethnic, cultural and/or religious conflicts

- To provide participants with a greater conceptual understanding of conflict, violence and peace, and the forces of conflict dynamics

- To increase the capacity of youth organisations to engage with issues of global solidarity and the peaceful transformation of conflicts

- To promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue among young people, from various perspectives, and to address the role of history/tradition, culture and religion in young people’s lives

- To provide a range of practical skills-based training in the handling of conflict situations

- To develop young people’s personal skills, knowledge and attitudes to deal with culture, tradition and religious diversity

- To empower young people to productive cooperation in the field of conflict prevention, conflict management and fostering peaceful dialogue

- To support networking and co-operation among youth organisations and other institutions and individuals (trainers, multipliers, youth leaders) active in the field of human rights education

- To promote values of mutual respect and understanding between different cultures, fight against racism and xenophobia through processes of intercultural learning amongst young people.

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

Target group of this training was 25 young people, students and youth workers from regions with conflicts due to multiethnic, multicultural or multi – religious populations willing to contribute to conflict solution processes on their local and regional level and to be future peace – builders in Europe.

Participants were from following countries: Poland, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Moldavia, Slovenia, Germany, Bulgaria, Albania, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Romania.

Training methods used & main activities

The working methods that we used in this training course were combination of non-formal lectures, discussions, case work and communication tools developed by the AEGEE YnterAct project such as improvisation theatre, intercultural communication or lateral thinking.

Outcomes of the activity

After seven days of this training course as a result we got educated participants who will take over a moderating role in the solution process of ethnic, cultural and religious conflicts.

Participants were provided with a greater conceptual understanding of conflict, violence and peace, and the forces of conflict dynamics.
We increased the capacity of youth organizations to engage with issues of global solidarity and the peaceful transformation of conflicts.
We promoted inter-religious and intercultural dialogue among young people, from various perspectives, and to address the role of history/tradition, culture and religion in young people’s lives.
We provided a range of practical skills – based training in the handling of conflict situations.
We developed young people’s personal skills, knowledge and attitudes to deal with culture, tradition and religious diversity.
We empowered young people to productive cooperation in the field of conflict prevention, conflict management and fostering peaceful dialogue: to support networking and co-operation among youth organizations and other institutions and individuals (trainers, multipliers, youth leaders) active in the field of human rights education.
We promoted values of mutual respect and understanding between different cultures, fight against racism and xenophobia through processes of intercultural learning amongst young people.

More info about training on www.mt.u2.pl

Training was supported by Council of Europe and organized by AEGEE (www.aegee.org) Zielona Góra, Poland

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role was one of the trainers. For this training course were active four international trainers from Serbia, Poland, Italy and Belgium. Our main role was to closely follow and to facilitate processes in the group and to educate the participants to take over a moderating role in the solution process of ethnic, cultural and religious conflicts.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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