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2017 Courses

Week 1: August 7-11, 2017

1. Conflict and Peace Framework

Facilitators: Kyoko Okumoto and Oyunsuren Damdinsuren

This course will introduce the definition and contextual interpretations of conflict, violence and peace. The focus is to enhance participants' understandings of conflict & peace issues in the local and regional context through dialogues, discussions, and exercises with other participants from different cultures / languages/ historical contexts/countries. Also, participants will raise their level of sensitivity towards violence in various forms. Opportunities and tools will be provided to analyse the dynamics of different local and regional conflicts. Participants will explore possibilities for creative and collaborative ways of conflict resolution, transformation and peacebuilding. Participants will be expected to engage in large and small group discussions, creative exercises and case analyses.

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2. Identity-Based Conflict

Facilitators: Ryozo Teruoka and Kyungmook Kim

Each of us has multiple senses of belonging(ness)and identities such as gender, social origin, religion, ethnicity, nationality, etc. In Asia, there are many people who are victimized and discriminated against because of their identities and sense of belonging(ness). Some identities that are considered to be minority in society have been targets of racism, assimilation, and oppression. Through discussion and dialogue, participants in this course will seek a vision for possible shapes of coexisting society at different levels in Asia, both intra-state and inter-state. Participants will also plan a project about identity-based hostilities, racism, oppression, etc. The course will address "real" issues that violate the peaceful shape of Asia's societies. There are so many identities that may be considered fragile groups meaning that we have so much to discuss. However, due to our time limitation, the course will emphasize ethnic identities and national identities. The content of the course may be "heavy", but let's enjoy and seek the shape of coexisting Asia which is necessary for all of us.

3. Theory and Practice of Peace Education

Facilitators: Cheryl Woelk and Kathy Matsui

The course seeks to introduce the participants to the fundamental knowledge base, skills and value orientations of peace education. It is intended for educators and trainers working in the formal, nonformal and informal sectors. The course will use a holistic framework aimed at cultivating peaceable mindsets, attitudes, behaviors, structures, and cultures in educational settings, which will include topics such as comprehensive views on addressing conflict, restorative justice approaches to discipline in schools, and creating cultures of peace with administration, teachers, students, parents, and community. It will also engage the participants in a learning process that is consistent with the principles of peace, valuing the culture and identity of participants, to demonstrate that content and pedagogy should form one integral whole. Both the course content and process can be easily adaptable to the local contexts of participants.

Week 2: August 15-19, 2017

4. Optimizing Peace Making by Ending Generational Trauma

Facilitators: Aya Kasai and Tommy Lee Woon

The purpose of this workshop is to examine the way generational trauma lives in the body and why this knowledge is valuable for optimizing peacemaking. Through a variety of active-learning exercises such as guided meditation and expressive arts, participants will learn how trauma lives in the body, is passed on generationally, and how it can be healed. Participants will also have an opportunity to apply their new understanding about the body to other peace making efforts such as "truth and reconciliation". This workshop will be valuable to anyone interested in gaining an embodied understanding of peace making.

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5. Restorative Justice: Rebuilding Identity, Community and History

Facilitators: Hiro Katano and Jae Young Lee

Restorative justice is a new paradigm on how to make things right when wrongdoings have happened. It sees justice as not merely punishing wrongdoers, but ensuring that the voice of victims, offenders, and communities are heard and their needs are met. Throughout the world its concept and practice are growing in schools, the justice system, and communities. This course first aims to provide an understanding of the framework of restorative justice and its implementations. Then the course will explore the possibilities of applying the restorative approach to various settings such as education, criminal justice, community conflict and historical conflict. This course will not provide easy answers to all the justice questions, but it will provide restorative lenses to see the cases differently. The modest goal of this course is to invite participants to sit in a safe circle and discuss what it means to bring justice with restorative lenses of transformation and reconciliation, for a peaceful future for the region.

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6. Nonviolent Response to Militarisation

Facilitators: Syd Wang and Yutaka Ohata

This course will focus on how to change the trend of militarisation in Northeast Asia in a nonviolent way, using concrete examples from local civil societies of various communities within the region. A pedagogical and multidisciplinary approach with an interactive mode of teaching-learning processes will be adopted for the course. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to identify and reflect on the origin of militarisation and how to transform the status quo. They will be encouraged to develop initiatives and action plans in their own community. The course will be participatory, employing methods such as small and large group discussions, case studies, role-plays, and multi-media including video. This course welcomes people committed or open to exploring a vision of demilitarised/peaceful Northeast Asia and willing to embrace own personal transformation as well as that for the community and social change processes.