Empowering Youth from Horn of Africa through training and ToT
05 Jun 2023 - 11:33
Source: Clingendael

In May, Clingendael Academy teamed up with IPHRD-Africa to organise two back-to-back trainings for young peacemakers from the Horn of Africa. Ambitious individuals from Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya came together in Nairobi for a packed programme of experience-based learning.

Over intense days, the refresher training sharpened their conflict resolution abilities, equipping them to be effective change agents in their own communities. Through immersive simulations and role plays, participants delved into the intricacies of negotiation and mediation, gaining invaluable experience in real-world scenarios.

Conflict mediators at work

The next week, a select group of participants started a five-day Training of Trainers (ToT). This advanced programme equipped them with the technical know-how to design, develop and implement their own training initiatives. 

The trainers-to-be designed creative curricula that tackled vital topics such as trauma and mental health, UNSCR 2250, 2419, and 2535, conflict analysis, storytelling, and negotiation and mediation techniques. They practiced with using a combination of simulations, exercises, and role plays in their curricula, allowing them to build a solid foundation for their future training endeavours.

At Clingendael Academy, we look forward to following and supporting their progress as they implement their trainings and continue to play important roles in conflict resolution and peacebuilding in their communities.