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Peace-building refers to the long-term project of building peaceful, stable communities and societies, and needs to be grounded in a firm foundation of justice and reconciliation. The process needs to strengthen and restore relationships and transform unjust institutions and systems.

Being present at the grassroots, the church is in an ideal position to warn of potential conflict and encourage ‘peace-building from below’ – to help establish peace committees, counteract false information and reduce stereotypes, promote human rights and use mediation techniques.

Learn more about peacebuilding on the Caritas website.

Caritas has developed this site to contain resources for peace building training and learning. It includes Resource Kits on specific topics and other tools for learning design and facilitation.

Who is this site for?

The Resource Kits for Peace Builders have been developed for trainers, facilitators, learning designers and other practitioners engaged in peace building. In addition, all aid workers engaged in contexts of conflict might find useful resources here.

What is a Resource Kit?

A Resource Kit is a set of contents, processes and tools for learning design and facilitation. You can access it and draw what you need in order to design your workshops or just add innovation and spices to your work. Each Resource Kit is structured as a toolbox, providing you with ready-to-use resources that can be directly applied to your workshop.

A Resource Kit is not a training manual providing an hour-by-hour agenda on what to do. Rather, it provides you with a flexible resource where you can draw only what you need and structure it as you think best. Though, sample agendas are provided for less expert users as examples of how to organise the tools provided.

Each Resource Kit includes plenty of activities – you might call these "games", or "interactive strategies for learning". Our basic rule in designing each Resource Kit has been “unless we have something new to say, we don’t write content. We write activities”. This does not imply that the content is not important, but that we focus on the processes for learning and help you find the content you might need. Instead of re-writing things that are already around, we have simply referred to the original materials and made these available. Content is provided in the form of free of charge web resources, but offline bibliographies are provided too.

Which Resource Kits are available?

This is a work in progress, growing with time. Now we have developed Resource Kits on the following topics:

  • Resource Kit on Negotiation
  • Resource Kit on Nonviolence
  • Resource Kit on Making Aid Build Peace (Integration)

What other tools for learning design and facilitation can I find here?

In addition to the Resource Kits on specific topics, you can find other of tools for learning design and facilitation that can be applied to almost any content – no matter if you are using the Resource Kit on Negotiation, Nonviolence or designing a workshop on a topic of your choice: the following tools can help it.

Content Processing Activities.

These are interactive strategies that you can use to process content without relying too much on lecturing participants. Many trainers believe that the key to effective training is preparing, transferring and analysing high quality content. Lecturing content has qualities: it gives the trainer control over the content, it is efficient and accurate. Yet, it is frequently conducive to boredom, it lacks two-way communication and participants are not involved. More importantly, adults learn better through experience. But there are situations when a certain amount of content needs to be introduced and processed. CPAs are meant for these situations: they help you process the content in a participative and experiential manner.

Openers, Energisers and Closers.

Openers, Energisers and Closers are dynamic activities that you can use to start up your workshop, energise the group and bring a learning experience to an appropriate closure. They are designed to suit almost any content, providing you with templates that will fit to your materials and to the group you are working with. These activities are not just fun. While some of them might be used just to “shake” and energise the group in order to regain attention, most of them are interactive strategies for learning and provide you with processes to improve learning and achieve your workshop objectives.

Tools for Workshop Evaluation.

In order to assess whether or not the workshop has gone well, it is critical to get participants’ feedback. Adding their feedback to your own personal evaluation helps refine the contents and process for future workshops, and it gives participants an opportunity to air any concerns that might have arisen from them during the workshop. Different evaluation techniques can be used to frame feedback; here you can find some.

How shall I use these resources?

The Resource Kits and other tools here included have been designed as a web resource. There is no manual to read back-to-back, no chapters and no index of contents. Contents, activities and all the resources here provided are linked one another in order to help you surf through them and jump quickly on what you need. The best way to learn how to use this resource is trying: open one of the resource kits or the other tools and start using it.

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