This week I (Ogaga Maxwell) facilitated Peace building skills and understanding conflict. The students were made to understand the necessary skills needed to be a peace builder in their schools and in the society and also there were made to understand that conflict will always be part of life. The manual used was the one provided by Generations for Peace (www.generationsforpeace.com), I attended their Peace training camp in Amman Jordan in 2008 November.
LOCAL CONFLICT ASSIGNMENT:
The students were asked to write out any conflict they have experienced in their schools and we now have a whole lot of practical school conflict situation that we hope to type out as the students do not have access to computers, so I would type out to constitute a local conflict diaries of the secondary school students..
PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED IN ATTENDANCE:
A physically challenged student is in attendance in the project, he helps us to give a rare perspective of what physically challenge people experience in terms of school conflicts. The participant is very active and glad about the project
Gradually sports is been introduced into the capacity building session and this is aimed at using sports to teach peace building skills. This has been a great source of motivation for the students and they are eager to see how to implement the theoretical class of peace building using sports as a tool in the field of play, using that as practical.
OUTPUT /PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE
A participant was very excited as he told the other participant of how he used last week workshop topic on mediation and conflict resolution to resolve a problem in his home between both parents. This led to other students sharing with us how they were putting to use the lessons learnt. It has been a very insightful project.
RIPPLE EFFECT OF OUTPUT
Due to the impact of the project in the local community, I was attending a workshop in Sapele when I talked about the project and the training I had gone through via Youth Action for Change e-course ‘communications and media” I was asked to present a paper on that. And I presented a paper on that using the lectures I got from the Youth Action for Change e-course to about 50 youths drawn from different regions of Sapele community, in the course of my paper presentation I also highlighted that fact that Youth Action for change e-course is the baseline where I drew my media experience from and talked a lot about blogging and its benefit, many resolved to start blogging from then.
Sports skills 4 Peace Project