I was lucky to have lecturers who reached out to me not only as academic mentors, but also as models of excellence and commitment.
- Michael Khorommbi (BA graduate, 2015)
Training Programme on Civilian Peacebuilding Capacity
Prof Andrea de Guttry, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Institutions and Director of the International Training Programme for Conflict Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, Dr Mulanda Juma, Coordinator, Peace Studies, St Augustine College of South Africa, Mr Guy Banim, Independent Analyst, Ms Yasmin Sooka, Director of the Foundation for Human Rights, South Africa, Prof Michelo Hansungule, Professor of Human Rights Law, U Pretoria; Commissioner, International Court of Justice, The Hague (the Netherlands)
incl. course materials and refreshments
*** Offered in conjunction with the Scuola Superiore Sant’anna, Pisa, Italy (Third Edition)
This course aims at the formation of civilians peacekeepers in non-violent approaches. Participants will be enabled to contribute to conflict transformation and peace-building in a variety of contexts and to better understand the role of the civilian component of Peacebuilding Operations deployed by the United Nations and Regional Organizations (AU, ECOWAS, SADC etc). The course emphasises the need for developing reflective and critical capacities of participants. It does this by drawing the attention to core values that inform and motivate peace-building activities (i.e. human dignity and common good) and providing the conceptual frameworks that guide critical reflection.
Participants will be provided with critical knowledge and practical and technical-operational skills as key components of an extremely professional service in complex situations of peace-building. The course will orientate participants in the key functional areas including, inter alia, the modern African Union and African regional groupings Charter on democracy, elections and governance; the roles and responsibilities of civilians in peace operations, the protection of vulnerable groups, the reintegration of former fighters, and cross-cutting issues such as gender aspects in peace-building mission, conduct and cultural awareness and communication. The course also offers an opportunity to learn about human rights education and reporting techniques.