Practical Peace Skills for Children and Young People
Adding value to PEACE IV Peace and Reconciliation Action Plans and Programme Delivery
The International ‘PeaceBuilder’ Programme for Children and Young People
Young people have an opportunity to link up with their counterparts in countries such as Ghana, Madagascar, Namibia, and Kenya. These initiatives offer incredible learning opportunities, life changing experiences and lifetime friends. We can design initiatives for young people in your area and link them into the wider network.
The International ‘PeaceBuilder’ Programme has received support from Paul Muldoon, Helena Bonham-Carter, Chris de Burgh, David Beckham, Alan Shearer, James Caan, Gary Linekar, Sting, Emma Thompson and many others.
Diversiton has years of proven experience in designing, marketing and delivering large scale consultation events. These workshops not only gather key information from participants but are also used to provide training in engagement and empowerment. This is to enable the initial participants in events to learn consultation techniques and strategies so they become partners in the process.
This successful approach actively seeks to engages all of the local community in the consultation process itself rather than just gathering information from a small number of workshops. The ‘Cascade’ approach encourages participants to reach out to their local contacts / communities and so bring back ideas to inform the process and initiatives to help shape the programme.
Working with your Peace IV team we can deliver large scale Consultation workshops which are highly participative, enjoyable, challenging and productive.
From Engagement and Empowerment to Partners in Design and Implementation
Engaging and linking with key groups and stakeholders
We will explore with Peace IV staff the potential for engaging and linking with key groups including of course the community and voluntary sector and elected representatives – but also Council staff, the business community, schools and colleges, local faith leaders of all traditions, prisoners, etc – in relation to understanding and addressing local priorities.
Presenting Peace IV Consultation findings and recommendations to Council
As well as the feedback to Councillors and Senior Staff we can deliver a workshop to other Council staff to help build understanding and linkages across the Council. The ‘Peace IV Opportunities Workshop’ supports mainstreaming from the outset with better integration of all services for effective service delivery and joined up local government.
Introducing Peace IV Toolkits
Community Engagement Toolkit
To support the Consultation Workshops (and ongoing active participation in Peace IV) Diversiton can provide a local Community Engagement Toolkit giving participants the tools, techniques, resources and methods they need understand local needs and priorities in their communities and so deliver effective initiatives.
Project funding is not just about delivery. It has to be about building social capital, creating community effectiveness and delivering results that last. What are we trying to achieve? How will the work sustain itself?
The Sustainability Toolkit helps local organisations to ensure that initiatives continue beyond the ‘end of funding’.
Community Engagement Toolkit
The Community Engagement Toolkit is specifically designed for each Council Area and will include the following resources as necessary and appropriate to needs.
- Developing a Plan for Assessing Local Needs and Resources
- Describing your Community
- Conducting Public Events and Listening Sessions
- Facilitating Focus Groups
- Community Needs Assessment Surveys
- Community Report Cards
- Video, Phone, Text, Internet and Email Engagement Surveys
- Community SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
- Qualitative Methods to Establish Community Issues
- Community Mapping
- Audit of Community Assets and Resources
- Measuring Baseline Measures of Behaviours and Attitudes
- Surveys of Issues and Concerns
- Local Council Service Utilisation
- Interviews with Key Stakeholders
- Community Wellbeing and Building a Healthy Community
- Community Leadership Frameworks
- Small Area Analysis and Disparities
- Local Action Planning
- Accountability and Responsibility for Results
Children and Young People
a key theme for Peace IV
We are currently working with Local Councils, Education Providers, Health Care Bodies and the Community Sector on the proactive participation of ‘Children and Young people’ in Peace IV. This collaborative work will extend from the consultation process events (which have the potential to involve thousands of local schoolchildren and young people), through to their active role in the design, implementation and management of the Programme.
Diversiton has worked with Children and Young People since the start of the Peace Process – with the support of the Department of Education and Science, Senator George Mitchell’s Fund for Reconciliation and other partners. One initiative (the Onjodi project) linked schoolchildren from a range of schools in Northern Ireland with their counterparts in Namibia. They took over Stormont for a day!
Peace Education Programmes
Diversiton delivers a range of Peace Education training programmes worldwide. These are available in numerous formats including for example – an introductory one day workshop, 2 day residential or 13 week programme (1 day per week).
Peace Education can add real value by leveraging the effectiveness of Peace IV with new competencies, fresh perspectives and renewed energies. Peace Education gives us insights on regional conflicts across the world and provides the tools and techniques for local and international peace-building which are so important to-day. Key topics include:
Peace Education – different approaches and different strategies
Engaging Communities – creating inclusive and effective empowerment processes
Peacebuilding in other world contexts – lessons for us
Becoming personal peacemakers – how we can create a sustainable and lasting legacy
The ‘New Space’ model of Reconciliation
‘Collective Effectiveness’ – creating new partnership arrangements
Gandhi’s Nonviolence curriculum
Spiritual Peacebuilding models
Current Community and Peace-Building Initiatives
Here is a selection of some of the programmes we are delivering at the moment…
Peace Initiatives, Training and Support
As well as the ongoing work in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties, Diversiton and its Partners are currently delivering a range of peace consultancy/community empowerment initiatives across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Some of these include:
- Designing Peace Education (and nonviolence) programmes internationally with Aaron Gandhi (the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi).
- Delivering anti-radicalisation programmes for inner-city London training bodies.
- Supporting the Baha’i community in Cyprus in their peace-building work in the Turkish controlled North and the Cypriot controlled South.
- Consultancy work on sectarianism in Bahrain (Sunni and Shia).
- Working on community engagement and empowerment initiatives with Government Departments in Scotland, Slovakia, Wales and Australia on priorities such as peace building, engagement, anti-sectarianism and peace education.
Our practical experience reflects the new and challenging local/global context for peace building and engagement that we are all faced with. It also offers the potential for innovation, new approaches and fresh thinking in the design of local initiatives.
If you think we can help or support you in any way please call or drop us an email.
Diversiton has a wide network of experienced trainers and facilitators. We are grateful for the opportunity to work in partnership with Local Councils, Community Groups, Universities/Colleges and leading Businesses – as well as a wide network of committed individuals.
We look forward to hearing from you at any time.
Contact Sharon(at)diversiton.com / call 02841 754 777