West Bank: Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Training

17. March, 2013 News, Press, Trainings 1 comment

Society Voice Foundation in coordination with Coventry University and the Arab American University of Jenin, held an intensive course on conflict resolution and peace building. Training held on March 16, 2013, with the participation of 25 participants from different sectors.

 Abeer Qasem, SVF representative in theWest Bank, said that such a training is the first in a series of upcoming similar activities including training on  local initiatives , essay writing and holding debate sessions with decision makers. She added that such trainings aim at enhancing role of youth in disseminating concepts of peace and tolerance in the Palestinian society. SVF will organise a number of activities in theWest Bankand Gaza Strip. Currently, SVF produces and broadcast a weekly radio programs and spots to promote the values of dialogue, reconciliation, tolerance. SVF has been preparing to run a summer academy for 100 young leaders from the North of theWest Bank. The summer activities will include educational and cultural activities to discuss and promote the role of youth in community peace, dialogue and changing the society based on democracy and human rights. In addition, some youth will participate in organising community initiatives to enhance community voluntary work and the concept and practices of non-violence in the North of West Bank.

 Dr. Mofeed Qassoum, head of international relations of theArabAmericanUniversityemphasized on the significance of outreach among local NGOs with local Palestinian universities, saying that such trainings promote good values for the sake of a pluralism-based Palestinian civil society, on basis of peace and tolerance. He also appreciated the SVF’s role in helping coordinate such activities.

 Dr. Marwan Darweesh and Carol Rank ofCoventryUniversityparticipated as a trainers and gave trainings on various topics including dismissal of violence, promotion of peaceful means to resolve conflicts. They both appreciated all efforts that aim at promoting such values and raising awareness of young generations towards better involvement in their local communities.

From his part, Abdelhakim Shibany, representative of Human Society for Community-based Development emphasized  on the importance of community members’ involvement in such activities , calling for continuing holding them in the future, based on principles of tolerance, dialogue and respect of human rights.

At the end, this training is a part of intensive peaceful and non-violence intervention of youth to promote the culture of dialogue, tolerance and reconciliation in the Palestinian society. The second part of training will take place in June 2013 to empower the trainees’ theoretical and practical skills of non violence intervention and practices.

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