16 Nov Conflict Resolution Programme Workshop
Immersed within remembrance of loved ones, 100 years after, on this “peace day”.
We must ask ourselves …. ‘What encourages peace?’
The Conflict Resolution Programme was an alluring opportunity for students across RSA Academies to discuss and develop their understanding of WORLD RESOLUTION against every day and lingering crises. These workshops were held in the UK for the first time by the ICRA (Independent Conflict Research and Analysis) – which included a 3 day course in Birmingham from 29th – 31st October 2018. The course was split into two motivating aspects:
- Learning what makes conflict rise and how facilitation, mediation, and negotiation leads to “peace”.
- A fascinating role play performed by participants to recreate a high scale negotiation between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, to settle a conflict over resources, a dispute which may take place in the UN assemblies!
In my opinion, this programme was priceless because, every day I felt as if I was a part of the United Nations, deeply thinking about current issues, planning sanctions or solutions and being surrounded in a professional atmosphere where everyone’s opinions was valued. This was an exceptional opportunity for me to develop my communication, reflection and independence skills. One of the best aspects of this course was that we analysed many striking cases, for instance: Columbia and the Farc, Northern Ireland and the UK and the Cold War and its remains.
Overall, the Conflict Resolution Programme gave me an insight into the life of a leading politician or humanitarian and their achievements and challenges. It offered the opportunity to participate, and I strongly encourage that you do so too.
By Shaheer Safdar, Year 12