Short Courses

Africa Peacebuilding Institute (15th Edition)

Course Finished: 

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)

Accommodation and meals for six days: R5500 / Total cost per Module: R2700 / Exchange Rate US$1=R11



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:

Tuition per Module

Accommodation and meals for six days

Total cost per Module

Exchange Rate





The cost of each module includes all on-campus expenses (e.g. tuition, food, lodging, course pack, one book and API planned field visits). Registering for the full API (5 modules) does not entail tuition discount. If participants are not recipients of API bursary, the cost per each module as well as all travel-related expenses—including international and domestic airfare, bus or train transport, airport taxes, visa costs and overnight lodging and food en route—will be paid by the participants themselves or by their sending organisation. Medical fees in case of illness for both API and non-API bursaried participants are not covered by API scholarship. Additionally, no allowance (pocket money) is provided. Instead, field trips will be organised to enrich participants’ learning.

Participants are generally advised to book their flights to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is approximately 35 minutes by taxi from the venue: St Peters Rosettenville, Johannesburg. Those flying in during the day should be prepared to take the train (Gautrain) from the Airport to Park Station. A Gautrain gold card needs to be purchased at the train station (R10) and then it is R135 from the Airport to Park Station (Current exchange rate is US$1=R11).

When entering South Africa, participants should make sure that they have their visa for the duration of the course. Each participant is encouraged to apply his/her visa well ahead of time to avoid hassles.

Participants will be selected based on the following priorities: (1) recommendation of MCC country representative or other MCC partner organisation; (2) connected, affiliated or working for a local peace organisation; and (3) practical, ‘on-the-ground’ experience in peace-building

***API bursary applicants and all other applicants should complete the application form and email it to and copy to advised differently by your local MCC office.

Between 3-6 months after API, participants will be requested to share with API Coordinator and MCC stories of their experience on how they have applied the learnings from API in their life and work.  A reminder will be sent at the three month mark, and it would be beneficial to the MCC program, to have all responses in within the next three months.

Course Schedules & Descriptions


SESSION I: 03-07 AUGUST, 2015

Module A: Peacemaking: Anabaptist Beliefs and Perspectives

Facilitator: Kajungu Mturi (Tanzania/Zambia

Conflict, like violence is always present in our society. Whether in direct forms or in latent forms. The Anabaptist church believes that peace-building and faith are mutually inclusive for dealing with these issues. This module provides an opportunity for conversation about the Anabaptist theological foundation that undergirds and sustains the journey of peace-building in individuals’ lives, churches, communities and the world. The Module explores the theological assumptions regarding conflict, violence and peacemaking. It challenges participants to connect to the Biblical and spiritual rootedness and examine the interconnectedness of peace and justice. 

Kajungu Mturi is a Tanzanian by nationality and is currently working with Mennonite Central Committee under the Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) in Zambia as Peace education coordinator. Among other responsibilities, he does facilitation on conflict transformation, Gender Based Violence and restorative justice within the BICC churches and their 12 schools.  Kajungu holds a Certificate in Youth work and a Diploma in Social Sciences from Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy in Tanzania, and also a Bachelor’s degree in Peace Justice and Conflict studies from Goshen College, USA. 


SESSION II: 10-14 AUGUST, 2015

Module A: Introduction to Conflict Transformation: African Perspectives

Facilitator: Peter Maruga (Kenya)

Designed as a broad introduction to the field, this module will provide an overview of the nature of conflicts and will explore that framework within the African context. Differences and similarities of African and other conflicts will be examined. Participants will study the origins of conflicts, systems theories, multi-cultural views on conflicts and the regionalisation of conflicts in Africa. African cultures will be examined as a source of conflicts and a resource for peace. Theories will be applied to case studies from Africa. Participants will focus on personal communication styles, interpersonal negotiation skills, and systemic analysis.

Peter is a programme manager for the Nairobi Peace Initiative (NPI) – Africa.  NPI is one of the original peace NGO’s in Africa and carries a long legacy of building peace across the continent in both Anglophone and Francophone regions.  NPI has been a founding partner of API and has provided instructors for API every year since its inception in 2001.  Peter has facilitated conflict transformation training and interventions for NPI throughout Africa.



Module A: Local Ownership and Sustainable Peace-building

Facilitator: Sibonokuhle Ncube (Zimbabwe)

The rationale behind the concept of “local ownership” is an old one. However, an emphasis on this concept is associated with the failure of international economic reform policies. Much of the focus on ownership started in mid-90s after the failure of structural adjustment programs. The failure was partly due to lack of ownership on the part of the recipient countries and societies. Today, local ownership sits at the core of partnership methods of developing and implementing peace-building measures, and is frequently regarded as key to a successful peace-building program. This module aims at the formation of participants in a number of areas critical to enhancing local ownership, including, interalia, leadership, visioning, owning one’s own future, personal and organisational development, strategic planning, mobilisation of local resources, journaling, report writing and peace story telling.

Ms. Sibonokuhle Ncube, an API Alumni, is a Development Management practitioner looking forward to share contextual issues from the composite of over 10 years experience in research, consulting in community and organizational performance improvement, humanitarian relief, recovery, development and anti-corruption programming with various multi-cultural partnerships including International NGOs, United Nations agencies, inter-governmental collaborations, ecumenical agencies and the Mennonite Central Committee in Zimbabwe. She places a premium on the place of Peacebuilding at national agenda level and quite critically through community driven processes and structures as important to human security and sustainable development. Sibonokuhle pursues a PhD thesis looking at the impact of the work of Faith-based organizations in Peacebuilding in post-conflict Zimbabwe. She serves on various boards including the Daniel Leadership Development Foundation of the Theological College of Zimbabwe, an African Institution for Theological reflection seeking to equip Christians for relevant and effective service in both the church and society.

Module B: Trauma Healing, Stress Management and Reconciliation

Facilitator: Sheila Wise Rowe (USA/South Africa)

This module is designed to provide persons with a thorough overview of the complex issues of trauma healing, reconciliation and indigenous approaches to trauma. Participants will explore the social-psychological processes of responding to deep personal loss, pain, and suffering in settings of protracted, violent conflicts. Trauma experienced in wars throughout Africa by refugees and displaced persons will be examined as well as recently developed approaches to individual and community healing. Participants will address these theoretically and practically. Comparative case studies from a variety of international settings including cases of Rwanda, South Sudan and South Africa will be utilised, as well as individual cases raised by participants. The personal experience of the Facilitator as a wounded healer and a survivor of violence and high scale human rights violation will greatly enrich the course. The Instructor will draw upon her many years of experience counselling abuse and trauma survivors and her work empowering previously disadvantaged communities while also integrating the latest research in peace studies.

Mrs. Sheila Wise Rowe holds a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Cambridge College. Sheila has over twenty-five years of experience as a therapist and educator.  In the USA, Sheila operated a private counselling practice, taught Psychology to Masters level students, co-convened conferences and presented workshops on racial and ethnic reconciliation and emotional healing. In South Africa, Sheila started a NGO based in Soweto and Alexandra Townships and has taught counselling skills to community development workers and church pastoral care teams. She also offers counselling and Life coaching to the wider community.


SESSION IV: 24-28 AUGUST, 2015

Module: Praxis of Restorative Justice and Reconciliation

Facilitator: Mike Batley (South Africa)

This course is concerned with understanding and embracing a form of justice that satisfies human need and promotes reconciliation. Beginning with key theoretical underpinnings and a multi-disciplinary approach to concepts of justice and reconciliation, this course will explore the contemporary applications of justice and reconciliation in post-war settings locally and internationally. Presenter and participants will critique and compare various popular expressions of societal justice and reconciliation through structures such as:

  • The International Criminal Court
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commissions
  • Restitution / Reparations
  • Reintegration Strategies

In addition, various parallel and collective indigenous justice efforts will be studied and compared with the dominant justice applications. Of particular interest are the growing innovations in new hybrid justice models that attempt to satisfy the collective needs of traumatized societies, and the continued search for how to ensure a future transmission of generational justice that is embedded with a concern for the common good and reconciliation.

Mike is passionate about restorative justice, social justice and crime prevention and how these issues relate to private and public ethics. He is qualified in social work, probation work and community development and has 20 years of public sector management experience in the social work field. From 2001 – 2014 he founded and directed the Restorative Justice Centre (RJC), a vibrant and multi-cultural civil society organisation.  With the RJC he played a pioneering role in bringing restorative justice into the criminal justice system and public discourse in South Africa, and in developing associated services in Pretoria. He was recognised as an Ashoka Fellow for this work. He has authored a number of journal articles and book chapters in this field as well presenting at international crime prevention conferences. In 2013 he completed an MPhil in Applied Ethics, conducting research on the resources available for moral education in crime prevention and reintegration of offenders. He currently works as an independent contractor.

Module B: Introduction to Peace Clubs: Theory and Practice

FacilitatorsZamani Ndlovu (South Africa) and Juma Mulanda (DR Congo/South Africa)

The constantly changing and contextually embedded nature of violence and conflict requires helping students, youth and tomorrow’s leaders to develop a new way of thinking about peace, conflict and violence and helping them to develop skills that allow them to non-violently address and prevent conflicts in schools, homes and communities. This module discusses how students as peacebuilders can learn how to be critical and creative thinkers in dealing with conflicts.  The module will provide skills of peacebuilding, non-violence, gender and conflict transformation in order to address a wide range of conflicts and violence in various settings. The Module will also focus on running peace clubs in schools and in local communities building on experiences from Zambia, South Africa, Kenya and Burundi among others. Participants will also be equipped with tools of monitoring and reporting in the context of school peace clubs.

Zamani Ndlovu is a former high school educator turned trainer, currently working in the field of criminal justice. While working with the Centre for the Study of  Crime Prevention located in Cape Town, his work related to training and assisting in the implementation in over 3000 schools in all the 9 provinces of South Africa equipping learners, educators, principals, the police and the school governing body members on schools safety issues and in establishing school safety committees. Mr Ndlovu is currently coordinating a juveniles and Youth at Risk project for Young in Prison South Africa, an organisation with branches in Colombia, Malawi, Netherlands and South Africa. Through a partnership with MCC, Mr Ndlovu trains teachers and community leaders in how to develop Peace Clubs education in schools and communities in South Africa. He is also a member of the consultative committee to an MCC body that oversees its South Africa program that is significantly aimed to spread peace education in the schools. Zamani is a public commentator on issues of school violence and is working with various radio and TV stations. Zamani holds a post graduate certificate in crime prevention management from the University of Witwatersrand.

Mulanda Juma, is the Coordinator of Peace Studies and Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics at St Augustine College of South Africa. Before joining the College Juma served as the Regional Peace Advisor for Southern Africa with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Coordinator of Dag Hammarskjöld Centre for Peace, Good Governance and Human Rights in Zambia. He holds a Ph.D in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy and a Master in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.  

Field Visit Sessions: Weekends, August 2015

On some weekends, field visits and practical experiences will be organised for allowing marrying theory to practice during API. Possible sites to visit are: Apartheid Museum; Soweto; the Union Buildings, etc.

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