Violent conflicts prevent… Cross Cultural Education A school in Rwanda after the genocide, 1994
How can we analyze root causes ofconflicts?What are the concrete steps to emergefrom the revenge cycle?How can we foster the creation of a morepositive vision of the future?How to transform conflicts?How can we sustain peace?
CONTACT strives to foster the creation of a more positive vision of the future by bringing together people from all over the world and from all cross sections of society who are committed to peacebuilding and conflict transformation
What is CONTACT?• Stands for Conflict Transformation Across CulturesCONTACT has provided training in the field of peacebuilding to over 900 participants from diverse cultural, geographical, and experiential backgrounds since its creation in 1997.
Historical Timeline1997: program is founded by Dr. PaulaGreen (only the Summer Peacebuilding)2000 first class of the Graduate CertificateProgram in Conflict Transformation2001 First Mid-Year Seminar in Cyprus
Historical Timeline2002 CONTACT Africa Ghana South Africa2003 Mid Year Seminar in Bosniaand Hertzegovina2004 develops the African Peaceand Development InitiativesProgram, focus on Uganda andEthiopia
Historical Timeline2006 Mid-Year Seminar in Kigali Rwanda2007 most countries represented in the program and matches the highest number of students 732008 program strengthen ties with Brattleboro Community
Historical Timeline2008 Senegal-experimental program2009 first march in the Heiffers Parade2010 Kathmandu, Nepal 1st SAARC Peacebuilding and Education Program
73 participants, 35 countries 1 purpose: Peace
Building Blocks Conflict Transformation Service, Leadership & Management SPP + Certificate + 16 MA on campus credits +12 off campus credits SPP + 11 credits taken on line and independently +Mid- Year Seminar in Rwanda3 credits-3 weeks on SIT campus
By attending one of the CONTACT programs, participants…..• Explore the causes and complexities of conflicts• Learn the basic concepts and skills for conflict transformation work• Have an opportunity to become a part of a diverse community
• Promote dialogue and reconciliation• Address the psychological and social effects of trauma• Develop culturally sensitive models and accommodate in indigenous approach to healing
• Provide emotional support to humanitarian aid workers• Train local professionals• Foster relationships with individuals around the world
“I’ve connected more deeply with my identity and potentialcontributions as a peacebuilder and thus become more aware ofmy own specific role in all these interactions. As a consequence,I’m more self-assured, active, and creative in my daily practice of active nonviolence.”
“Because of CONTACT, I identified my own skills to design & facilitate peace-buildingprograms. It [has] guided me to start our own organization and today I am the director of programs.”
CONTACT WOMEN Dar Mikula• “at my church I I did a „sermon‟ on Global Peace that reflected mostly on my experience at CONTACT. No one stirred for seven minutes and people are still talking about how moved they were. Two weeks later I did a seminar called „Peace starts here‟ and 40 people showed up (attendace is usually 10-12)”. „ Dar Mikula, USA