[fyeg_gen-l] Fw: Norway-Peacekeeping and culture of peace!!!

Tatjana Antic tanjolino at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 28 18:15:34 CET 2003

Happy holidays to all of you !!!

from Belgrade!


Deadline - January 15th 2004 !!!
>From Peacekeeping to Sustainable Cultures of Peace

Lillehammer, 23.2. - 3. 04.2004.

When: February 23 - April 3, 2004 (6 weeks)

Where: The Fridtjof Nansen Academy (Nansenskolen), Lillehammer, Norway

What: This six week course will be an inter-ethnic dialogue training program that will focus on building peace in areas of the former Yugoslavia where peace agreements have been made and where the situation is dominated by peacekeeping forces and foreign intervention. This will include Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia. In addition to this South Serbia will also be included.

The course will focus on dialogue and relationship building as well as learning about peacebuilding both with an aim to gain knowledge as well as develop necessary skills. Participants will focus on developing visions of the future for these regions, learn and apply frameworks for peacebuilding, analyse current situations and hindrances to peacebuilding, explore narratives, myths and truths about the past that influence the possibilities of imagining common futures, look at different approaches to reconciliation as well as develop strategies for non-violent social change in their communities. In addition to this participants will explore their own role in peacebuilding and prepare for active involvement in their societies.

The program will consist of lectures, dialogue days, workshops, training, excursions, social events, films and independent reading and reflection. The sessions will be run by the project staff as well as a number of guest lecturers and trainers with broad experience in their field.

Who: Participants will be recruited from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, South Serbia and Macedonia. The following selection criteria will be applied. Participants should:

- Be over 25 years of age
- Be active in various institutions in their societies including media, academics, civil society organisations, culture, politics, health, law enforcement or judiciary, trade unions, business or education.
- Be motivated to work and learn about peacebuilding
- Be committed to contributing to peacebuilding across lines of identity upon returning home
- Be willing to work hard, meet different opinions and viewpoints and contribute constructively to the learning process during the course

Requirements for acceptance: Applicants for the course who fulfil the above criteria will be required to write a short essay (500-800 words) about why they want to take part in the course, how they foresee using their learning and their visions for the future of their region. Applicants will be interviewed by the pedagogical coordinator of the program before a decision about acceptance to the program will be made.

Expectations from participants: Participants will be expected to attend class sessions daily (Monday to Friday, 900-1430 with some afternoon sessions), to participate actively and constructively in discussions, dialogues, group work, workshops etc., excursions, and social events. They will also be expected to do a limited amount of required reading and to complete a paper on a selected topic toward the end of the course. 

Deadline for applications: JANUARY 15

All travel, accomodation and tutoring expenses will be covered by Nansen Dialogue Centre Mostar.

To apply, use the link at the end of this line. Please make sure that you select "Lillehammer 23.2.-4.03.2004." on the application form in the "Activities you would like to be considered for:" section. http://www.ndcmostar.org/en/apply.htm

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