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The name “Towards a Nonviolent World” stands for a big vision that this world can be more nonviolent, if there is the awareness and willingness to direct our actions towards that goal. It is a process, or ‘journey’, for which we need to train our ‘peace-building’ skills.

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Towards a Nonviolent World is the title under which I, Nina Koevoets, work as a trainer in Peace Education. It has been the project name of several trainings that were implemented with the support of a Dutch NGO, “Foundation for Active Nonviolence”, that has been active since 1966 and the European “Erasmus+” fund for youth education. (See the menu for past and future training courses.)

 

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Training: In eight to ten days, people get an intense introduction that gives a great start to become a Peace Builder. The ‘power’ of these trainings is that they both explore violence (the problems) and nonviolence (creative solutions). Generally each training has three elements: 1. Increasing Awareness of Conflict and Violence, 2. Practicing Conflict Resolution/ Transformation and 3. Developing Future Plans and Networking for Social Justice.

The Erasmus+ program has supported four trainings so far for youth workers across Europe. You can find out more on the website, or download the one page description. In case you want to request a training or workshop you can read a short description here.

(This training program has been implemented within a few days, but I am very much looking forward to be able to implement it weekly in the course of a few months!). 

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Workshops: I offer single workshops, lasting at least 3 hours. In these workshops I tap from the longer training program. They can be customized to the needs of the group. For example, one group may want to focus on Conflict Resolution Strategies, while another group may want to start a campaign. Or when I was at the Global Eco-village Conference in July 2017 (photo) I focused on community-building. Have a look at the themes of the workshops in the flyer.

Webinars: In 2017 I hosted a few webinars with Rivera Sun, an author and activist from the USA. In 2018 I will offer a new series of webinars1: Violence and Nonviolence, 2: Responding to Conflict, 3: Heroes and Everyday Life, 4: Privilege and Power.

Please register!

Workshop Manual: I am currently co-authoring a book with Veronica Pelicaric “Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World”, to be published in the first half of 2018, by Pace e Bene. It has three parts: 1. Exploring Nonviolent Power, 2. Nonviolence in Practice, 3. Planning and Strategy. (Read more on the designated page).

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Erasmus+ trainings

Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission that funds mobility opportunities in education, and has a specific program for youth workers. They have granted support of several training courses of Towards a Nonviolent World, about which you can read more in the menu.

We also published a brochure in 2016, in order to spread the project results as well as our vision. You can read why nonviolence and grass-roots movements are key to peace-building, why we use experiential ‘non-formal education’ methods, and what participants have said about the training in this brochure (PDF).

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Prize

IMG-20180921-WA0007On the International day for Peace, 21st of September, 2018, I received a prize at a Peace Symposium “Investeer in Vrede: jong en ontwapenend” – Invest in Peace: Young and Disarming. It was organized by a coalition* of Dutch peace organizations called “Peace missions without weapons” that is lobbying for civilian missions, instead of military ones.

There were three young people who received a “Peace Hero” meddal.

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Tayfun Balcik, who works against polarisation and racism with  The Hague Peace Projects, en maakt zich sterk tegen polarisatie en racisme, and is has helped start dialogue projects between Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian people living/born in Netherlands. The second was Daan Savert, who went several months to Northern Iraq (Kurdish area) and is an activist and theologist. And, the third one – I already mentioned it-  was Nina Koevoets. For my work with Towards a Nonviolent World! And probably also my background of studies and volunteering in Palestine, and India added to this nomination.

We all reacted with surprise to the title “peace hero”, but the intention became more clear at the symposium: there are war heroes and resistance heroes, so we want to introduce peace heroes! Thereby the meddal became a political statement and encouragement for everyone to work for peace. I hope it will indeed inspire others to do this, wether they get a meddal for it or not!

Click on the links to see the brochure and facebook page. (It is all in Dutch!)

* Peace Brigades International, Christian Peacemaker Team NL, Eirene NL, Vrouwen en Duurzame Vrede, Pais, and Burundian Women for Peace and Development.

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