Peace and Conflict

Peace and Conflict

Transformational Leadership Program

International Youth Day

25 youth of different ethnicities and backgrounds came together for The Transformational Leadership Program this week. Throughout the week, the group participated in a six day training on Social Cohesion, and learned a lot about what it means to be an empowered youth leader. During the training, participants were asked “Why are youth important?” Excited, engaged and inspired, the youth had diverse responses. As Bawk San puts it so well: “Youths are the light and future of a nation.”မတူကြဲၿပားေသာ လူမွဳအသိုင္းအဝိုင္း၊ လူမ်ိဳးဘာသာ အသီးသီးမွ လူငယ္လူရြယ္ ၂၅ ေယာက္ သည္ Transformational Leadership Program သို႔ အတူတကြတက္ေရာက္လာၾကပါသည္။ ၆ရက္တာလူမွဳေပါင္းစည္းၿခင္း သင္တန္းတစ္ေလ်ာက္တြင္ တက္ၾကြလူငယ္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ၿဖစ္ရၿခင္း၏အဓိပၸါယ္ကို အားလံုးစုေပါင္းပါဝင္ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။ သင္တန္းသူသင္တန္းသားမ်ားကို လူငယ္တစ္ေယာက္သည္ဘာ့ေၾကာင့္အေရးၾကီးသလဲဆိုသည္ကိုေမးၿမန္းၾကည့္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ လူငယ္မ်ားသည္ စိတ္အားထက္သန္စြာ ၿဖင့္၎တို႔၏ ထင္ၿမင္ခ်က္မ်ားကို ေၿပာၿပခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။ ထိုအထဲမွ သင္တန္းသူ ေဘာက္ဆန္႔ သည္ "လူငယ္မ်ားဟာ ႏိုင္ငံတစ္ႏိုင္ငံရဲ့အနာဂါတ္အတြက္ အလင္းတန္းၿဖစ္တယ္" ဟုဆိုခဲ့ပါသည္။

Posted by Center for Social Integrity on Saturday, August 15, 2020

Since early 2018, CSI has been implementing the Transformational Leadership Program, our flagship initiative under the Peace and Conflict program pillar. By strengthening and building up the capacity and leadership skills of diverse youths from conflict-affected Myanmar regions, the program aims  to raise their participation and cooperation in peace-building processes and their leadership in fostering social cohesion at the community level. Each cohort of 25 youths attends 3 staggered course modules thematically focused on social cohesion, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The trainings employ an experiential learning approach that is highly activities-based. After completing all modules, the participants in each cohort are tasked with initiating impact projects in their communities with seed funding from CSI.

- This is the video from the latest TLP Cohort. The participants shared their thoughts on the importance of Youth for International Youth Day.

Community-based Reconciliation and Dialogue

CSI understands that efforts to dispel misunderstandings and facilitate reconciliation between northern Rakhine communities require a multi-pronged and community-led approach. Understanding and dialogue must be promoted in order to foster conditions for sustained peaceful coexistence and socially cohesive communities. In response, CSI put in place a multi-year program targeting 24 village tracts (6 annually) for diverse community-wide social cohesion initiatives led by local community leaders and an annual cohort of 12 trained youth.

Strengthening Media Best-practices Among Northern Rakhine Communities

In Northern Rakhine State, levels of poor media literacy and low capacity to discern propaganda and rumors from fact have been well documented and have fueled intercommunal violence and tensions in this conflict-affected region. CSI will build the digital literacy skills of 20 community youth, helping them develop platforms for action, and create spaces both online and at community-level to challenge information and counter negative media messages.

Interfaith Dialogue Initiative

By inviting key leaders from Myanmar’s diverse religious communities to convene for interfaith dialogue workshops and an interfaith tour, this initiative aims to dispel misunderstandings, alleviate mistrust, and foster an environment for open communication between religious communities.