Africa Peacebuilding Institute (15th Edition)
Peacemaking: Anabaptist Beliefs and Perspectives. Facilitator: Kajungu Mturi (Tanzania/Zambia)
Module A: Introduction to Conflict Transformation: African Perspectives. Facilitator: Peter Maruga (Kenya)
Module A: Local Ownership and Sustainable Peace-building. Facilitator: Sibonokuhle Ncube (Zimbabwe)
Module B: Trauma Healing, Stress Management and Reconciliation. Facilitator: Sheila Wise Rowe (USA/South Africa)
Module: Praxis of Restorative Justice and Reconciliation. Facilitator: Mike Batley (South Africa)
Module B: Introduction to Peace Clubs: Theory and Practice. Facilitators: Zamani Ndlovu (South Africa) and Juma Mulanda (DR Congo/South Africa)
PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION
Africa Peacebuilding Institute 2015
The Africa Peacebuilding Institute (API) offers an intensive study of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation rooted in and responding to challenges emerging from the African context. Practitioners from across the continent come together to study and reflect on conflict transformation theory and practice and to interact with others involved with peace building work.
The API programme is mainly funded by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
MCC is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches which shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation. MCC works alongside local churches and communities in more than 50 countries, including Canada and the United States of America (USA), to carry out disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peace-building work in the name of Christ. MCC also seeks to build bridges to connect people and ideas across cultural, political and economic divides. Together, MCC U.S. and MCC Canada administer this work. MCC relies on the support of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches to provide committed, energetic workers, financial support and prayer for this worldwide ministry.
It is hosted by St Augustine College of South Africa.
St Augustine College is a centre of research and higher education seeking to promote intellectual and ethical leadership by contributing the resources of the Catholic intellectual tradition to the critical development and transformation of human culture and welcomes staff and students from all religious and cultural backgrounds. It is a higher education provider offering a critically grounded values-based education for the development and renewal of the southern region of Africa and the continent as a whole.
The College situates itself in a complex and ambiguous global context, keenly aware of the impact of economic globalization. It addresses problems of marginalisation and development in Africa as a whole along with the challenges of culture, renewal and intercultural dialogue, poverty, unemployment, crime, democratisation, human rights and interfaith dialogue within South Africa.
St Augustine College offers a BA(Honours) degree in Peace Studies. The programme aims to equip graduates in the field to approach the challenges of conflict prevention, resolution, peace-building and peace-keeping in a manner which is intellectually rigorous, theoretically well-grounded and empirically richly informed.
The Africa Peacebuilding Institute, now in its 15th year of operation, has seen encouraging development and expansion. The 2015 API will be held from 03-28 August 2015. Participants are expected to arrive in Johannesburg on Sunday, 02 August in order to have ample time for orientation to the learning environment and depart on Friday night after graduation, which will be held on 28 August or the following day, Saturday 29 August. API offers four weekly sessions with 6 modules in total (one module for week 1 and 2 and two modules running concurrently during weeks 3 and 4). Each module is 5 days in length. No classes are scheduled over the weekends, but a day-trip outing will be organized to enrich the API experience.
Participants can choose to attend one or two of the modules offered OR register for the entire institute—5 modules in total. (Registering for the full 4-week institute is highly recommended.). During the last week, the plan is to run one Module in the morning and another in the afternoon. Therefore interested participants can register for both Modules. Conducted in English, courses at API focus on combining theory and practice for conflict transformation through peace-building, non-violence, skills in third-party intervention roles, trauma healing and reconciliation. Other related topics explored include the Anabaptist peacemaking, peace education in schools, civilian role in peace-building operations in complex situations, concerns and the transformation of ethnic, religious, cultural and global conflicts from African perspectives. Course instructors and participants, both Africans and non-Africans, bring a wide variety of experiences from international settings to the learning environment.
API’s mission is to bring peace to the African continent by raising up people equipped in conflict prevention and resolution, community building and reconciliation. The Institute endeavours to do this based on Christian principles.
Cost for the course is as follows:
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