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Great news from YLA Trainee Altynay…

Posted on 16 Mart 2015 · Posted in Bizden Haberler

On September 22-28th, 2014 I was lucky to take part in the training of International Youth Leadership Academy “Youth in Peace Education” conducted by UNICEF and Habitat Association in Istanbul. In course of it I gained understanding of peace, conflict and non-violent way of conflict-solving. In group with 28 participants from various countries led by 2 enthusiastic trainers I was able to make my own findings on topic of peace-building while playing, watching films and going through other activities of non-formal learning.

Coming back in my home country I was longing to share my knowledge and skills within my community. On October 26th I made a presentation “Youth for peace-building: conflict management” at V Kazakhstani youth non-formal conference ZhasCamp (zhascamp.kz) that took place in Almaty, the biggest city of Kazakhstan. My 30 min lasting presentation was a combination of theoretical outlines on conflict-management, peace-building and games and worked out back in my country applying IYLA tool box. I also included in the program our video “Peace sounds worldwide” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmkOwZCie-U ) made during the training in Istanbul in order to let people see how peace is important in every corner of the world and which different layers the definition has. After telling about conflict, its types and connection with violence I showed the short-film “Neighbours” by Norman McLaren.

This presentation was an amazing experience for me! I learned how to plan structure and timing, convey the essence of theory on peace-building. I like the technique of non-formal learning and it was great trying myself in role of a trainer. I was impressed by the results: although the audience was small, the participants were active when I suggested them initiatives like simulation games and discussions. Moreover, some of them were really interested in the topic, so that in course of Q&A session they asked me where they can read additional literature or watch a movie on the subject.

 

After this experience I was looking for other opportunities to spread knowledge on peace-building to Kazakhstani youth. On March 6th I conducted a training on “Conflict management’ for volunteers of the biggest Kazakhstani youth NGO called “Youth Information Service of Kazakhstan” (misk.org.kz) where I am active. During 90 minutes I managed to do ice breaking games, explain the participants what conflict, violence and peace are. I used theory in combination with non-formal learning approach. My focused was on various case studies and simulation games to make the participants understand the topics in the best way from their own experiencing. I applied IYLA materials and especially conflict analysis handout to prepare the training plan and work on conflict analysis instruments. I like a lot the film “Neighbours” since I believe it reflects the essence of conflict and its escalation. After watching we discussed it and analyzed the case implementing the Conflict Tree, ABC triangle and Onion model. After telling about transformation of conflict and peace-building I showed the participants our “Peace sounds worldwide” video. It was pretty cool when the audience asked a lot of questions during Q&A session and actively took part in discussions and games.

Undoubtedly Peace Education is of high importance in all the countries around the globe. However I consider that in my country it is a matter of the uttermost importance. First, Kazakhstan is a country populated by 131 ethnicities, including Kazakh, Russian, Uzbek, UkrainianGermanTatar, and Uyghur. Second, Kazakhstan allows freedom of religion. Islam is the religion of about 70% of the population, with Christianity practiced by 26%. Third, we have linguistic duality. Kazakh language is the state language, while Russian has equal official status for all levels of administrative and institutional purposes. This diversity is a powerful heritage of my country and its advantage. It’s essential that people realize it and appreciate, but not use for provocations of conflicts. Therefore I am eager to do my best for spreading knowledge on peace. I am convinced it is a powerful instrument for growth of tolerance, opening and supporting dialogue channels in the community between people of different ethnicities, religious views and language abilities.

I feel lucky to have taken part in IYLA summer school that played a role of incentive for my further steps in Peace Education. Anyway, I am constantly looking for opportunities to develop my own knowledge and understanding of Peace and Conflict transformation through various e-platforms and trainings.