The training we are about to have is based on the experience of CNA, ANP and Peace Action, which work on building peace in the former Yugoslavia. Their experience was very helpful in designing the workshops. The idea of the training called ‘’Introduction to Peace Building'' has emerged from the need for paying special attention to understanding the context of Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia, as well as creating spaces for exploring, overcoming prejudices, understanding the conflict and laying the groundwork for further peace building cooperation, despite the language barrier. We invite you to think together about what we can do to make the society in which we live less violent and divisive. We invite you to change the society by changing ourselves in the first place.
By participating in the training, you get the opportunity to learn how to identify key political and social problems in your society and ideas and inspiration to take part in solving those problems. You also get the opportunity to participate in an exchange of experiences and opinions with participants from neighboring countries, as well as with fellow citizens from different ethnic groups and take the first step in breaking the distance. How does the training ''Introduction to Peace Building'' look like?
Taking part in training does not mean sitting and listening to long lectures. This is not an opportunity to receive knowledge and acquire skills passively, nor a group of people who intend to complete a biography.
This is not a place where you get magical recipes nor a place where you learn pre-existing models that just need to be applied. The training is a place for exchange, reflection and self-reflection, critical questioning, value and ideational disagreements, practicing dialogue with non-dissenters... This is an opportunity to work on ourselves with the purpose to contribute to change at the social level.
It is an intensive nine-day program that requires participants with a high degree of motivation and willingness to actively participate in the work process. Each day is divided into two work blocks / workshops, the morning and the afternoon workshops, which last for three and a half hours. The coaching team which consists of five people is in charge of preparing and running the workshops. However, it's the group's willingness to talk openly about personal experiences and insights that the final quality of the training depends on.
This project is supported by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and is implemented by the New Social Initiative. Expressed opinions represent the authors’ views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations, UNMIK or New Social Initiative.