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Concept Note for Training of Trainers 2012

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Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (IPSCR), based in Mumbai, works for communal harmony and peace. It strives at this goal through strengthening the secular movement in the form of All India Secular Forum, advocacy, publications and building awareness. However one of the cornerstones of its work is conducting regular workshops with different groups like grassroots workers, youth, women, police, NGO workers etc for capacity building and consolidating their knowledge around issues like communalism, gender, global perspective of conflicts, human rights and minorities- in the rights perspective. IPSCR conducts different types of workshops: One day awareness and perspective building workshops, three days Peace and Conflict Resolution workshop, 5 days Training of Trainers, 5 days Advanced Training of Trainers, Sensitization workshops with police and Bureaucracy. Each type of workshop has varying level of inputs and knowledge and aims at building up on the previous level. Along with these workshops, seminars are also organized on current issues and relevant themes.
As mentioned above, IPSCR regularly puts its expertise to test by trying to design and conduct workshops for different target groups in a way that it will deepen its collective knowledge and they can contribute better in combating communalism and become human rights defenders. IPSCR proposes a training of trainers workshop in November 2012 for 5 days. This workshop is conceptualized for social activists, activists in secular movement and personnel in civil society organizations working in the area of peace and communal harmony from all over the country.
Past response to workshops:
Over 500 workshops conducted by IPSCR in the past years, it had gained valuable insights along with the participants. It has been a wonderful journey enriched by experiences of the participants and their warm appreciation. The workshops only get better with every passing year. This reflects in some of the feedback given by the participants, “this workshop has enabled me to answer the questions often raised in my community and on the field”, “I realize after attending these sessions that history taught to us is so biased and contributes to myths and animosity, “this workshop gave me a broader picture and deeper understanding of communalism and the need to protect democracy”, “even after working for so many years in the field, this workshop made me think that I didn’t know enough about communalism and there is more to learn”. There have been participants who have become trainers and role models for other youth in the community and concerned social activists. Such responses are a source of perpetual inspiration to us to deliver better.
The objectives of the training will be as follows:
• To create a collective understanding of the prevalent threat in its various forms to secularism, democracy and pluralism
• To look at conflicts- in global and regional perspectives to form a coherent framework for intervention and seek common ground and practices to intervene
• To deepen understanding how oppression of gender, Dalits, Advasis and minority is interlinked and undermines any rights based approach
• To encourage participants to be trainers
• To try to have inputs from the resource persons and the participants as to how to collective engage with state and organizations to promote secular spaces and democracy
Since the workshop will have participants coming from all over the country, the medium or language will be a mix of English and Hindi. Resource persons will be invited with their presentations and inputs in very interactive sessions. Teaching aids like screening of films, discussions and games will be used to make the workshop more participatory and interactive. However IPSCR expects the participants to have done some prior reading on the related topics and reflect on their field experiences to enhance their own knowledge and collective learning during the workshop.
Tentatively the sessions will cover try to create comprehensive understanding on the issue of communalism- its history, evolution, present forms and challenges. Along with this it will dwell on issues of gender, caste oppression and marginalization to present crisp nuanced analysis of how communalism compounded with such oppressions threaten democracy and all the liberal humanistic values civil society stands for. The workshop will include the following topics:
• Communalism a global challenge- global perspective
• Changing trends of communalism with globalization
• Role of gender and threat to women’s movement in the discourse of communalism
• Violence- a tool of oppression
• Concept of discrimination: discrimination faced by minorities
• Concept of oppression
• Fundamentalism: Is the same as communalism?
• Conflicts in South Asia and importance of SAARC
• nature of SAARC charter we desire
• road blocks in Indo-Pak relations
• International Conflicts – Palestine
• Different visions of peace and discourse on peace and justice in various religious and secular traditions
IPSCR will approach scholars like Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, Manisha Gupte, Ram Kumar, Kamla Bhasin, Uma Chakravorty, Ninan Koshy, Subhash Gatade, Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed, Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Anuradha Chenoy , Prof. Ghanshyam Shah.
The workshop fee is Rs. 5000 including accommodation. However participants interested who can’t pay the fee can apply for scholarship. Limited scholarships will be given based on the merits of the application.
Certain eligibility criterions have been laid down as follows:
• Knowledge of English is a must
• Women and youth will be given preference
• Some basic amount of reading is compulsory for better understanding and collective learning
• Attendance all 5 days is compulsory
Interested participants can write to us on and send their CVs.


Author: Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

We work for peace and conflict resolution through peace courses, education and awareness. Our Aims are: •To study about the diversity in the society and making everyone aware of it. •To bring about policy change whereby promoting rights of the marginalized groups mentioned above. •To create democratic spaces in educational institutions, communities and public life on the whole through debates and reflection. •To encourage the discourse on peace education and human rights.

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