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After the Interfaith Cultures of Peace Youth Training: Neneng’s Testimony

 By Neneng, Edited by Petrus

Left to right: Ulin, Fakhimudin, Layli, Neneng, Petrus, Bungsu, Wiwit

Peace Place held a Training for Facilitators on 24-25 August 2019 for nine new apprentice facilitators!

Neneng reflected, what I see from becoming an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitator is not the final answers in how to build peace, but rather how to train myself to cultivate a peaceful, nonviolent way in my life. This was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to attend the training for facilitators. As a community school facilitator, I also saw the potential of the AVP method to be applied in the realm of education. The fact that the AVP method is simple, concrete, empowering and easy to apply in everyday life motivated me.

When I decided to become a facilitator, I thought that even if one of the participants was willing to become a facilitator more people would be connected to this training, so that the steps to building peaceful, nonviolent lives could be known to many people. Which of course makes it possible to create a culture of peace in our lives and society.

I attended the Training for Facilitator at Peace Place, Pati. There were a number of things I noted from the training, namely speaking briefly and clearly in conveying instructions, following the steps in the AVP’s Road Map as a basic way to organize or sequence activities, and the most important was positioning myself for learning and practicing, not for training others.

Being a facilitator is also part of my steps to strengthen the community to empower youth at the Gajahwong School. We often see teenagers interacting with children around the school. But this environment is not child-friendly, which increasingly convinced us to implement this training in the hopes of raising the awareness of our teenage friends to help create a culture of peace through living without violence.