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Study and Information Program
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This five-day course aims at the formation of civilian 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. The training course is co-organised by St. Augustine College of South Africa and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
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.
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 also offers an opportunity to learn about human rights education and reporting techniques.
Training methodologies will include seminars, lectures, role-playing sessions and simulations.
At the end of the course, participants will be awarded an attendance certificate.