Conflict Resolution through Negotiations
Start date: Aug 1, 2015,
End date: Dec 31, 2015
In the news every day we are encountered by hundreds of headlines loaded with the messages related to conflict, troubles, confrontation, opposition, war... and on the background of these messages we often hear other exclamations: immigration, extremism, islamism, terrorism. These do not only concern „far away“ African countries and other continents as some of us think - a huge number of them refer to Europe and the European Union. We read the description of crimes presumably committed by foreigners, concerns are voiced about the level of unemployment and the lack of desire of migrants and refugees to integrate into the society. On the other hand we are also looking at the proclamations made by leading European countries related to tolerance, European values, equality and being "united in diversity". How do these seemingly polar opposite realities coexist?
The present training course brought together 26 youth workers and youth leaders from 8 different European countries and engaged them in transcultural dialogue on the subject. The aim of the project was to provide the participants with the knowledge on the concept of the conflict, typology of conflicts, conflict resolution and management, with a focus on negotiations as well as to introduce the participants to the tools and methods of conflict resolution and conflict mapping. During project activities (simulation games, case studies, plenary discussions, intercultural activities, thematic workshops on conflict and conflict resolution, etc.) the youth workers had ample opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another. At the end of the project the participants took part in the simulation game and in this way got a hands-on experience at being part of the conflict and using the acquired conflict resolution skills to strike compromises, relieve tensions and ultimately come to a common decision. With the help of the training course we aimed to raise awareness of the participants on the issue of conflicts and conflict management, provide them with the tools on conflict prevention and conflict resolution developed together during the project. We hope that this in it's turn will have the impact on the work of the participants and on the local communities.
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