Realizing a way for Connection through Meticulous Analysis
Monday, Aug 12, 2019

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Building Local Capacities for Peace (LCP) has been part of CSI’s ongoing work for about 10 years now. The “Youth for Peace” (YFP) movement paved its way in South India in early 2016. YFP seeks to capacitate young people to bring about conflict transformation. Of late, YFP has expanded and taken on the huge task of working on conflicts by analyzing, strategizing and handling conflicts in a more systematic manner.

The LCP/DNH orientation and the capacity building workshops was a collaboration for capacity building and targeted strategizing. The workshop organized for the six dioceses in the Kerala region, hosted by the Malabar diocese in CSI Retreat center, Kozhikode on the 9th and 10th of August 2019. The CSI-SEVA facilitator helped the youth to understand different types of conflicts, shared the importance of Peace, the necessity for peacebuilding and how youth have enormous life changing capacities if they can join hands and work together.

The youth were guided to construct a case (to look at conflicts beyond the walls of church) right from the primary step of collecting data, to understanding the context, referring to different sources of reliable information. The facilitator gave inputs on various conflict transformation tools starting from the actor and relationship mapping. This enhanced the understanding of how different people have different levels of influence over the issue and how people have direct and indirect impact on different actors. The youth were then directed to use five parameters: (i) Systems & Institutions, (ii) Attitudes & Actions, (iii) Different/Shared Values & Interest, (iv) Different/Shared Experiences & (v) Symbols & Occasions to analyze the case chosen. By now the youth were competent to analyze the connectors and dividers among the specified actors. This exercise enabled the participants to fix the actors with whom they would work to reduce the tensions/dividers and enhance the connectors.

The final step before the actual intervention in the field, young people were introduced to the DNH framework (7 Ws & 1 H). These youth from all the five dioceses planned their interventions pertaining to the identified issues which are as follows: (East Kerala – land mafia with the sons of the soil {tribe}; Kollam-Kottarakara – Mobile tower radiation; Malabar – Substance abuse among teens {school children}; Madhya Kerala – Ill effects of Environmental hazards; South Kerala – lack of basic road facility). The youth planned the steps in the intervention from picking their actors to start with, time to initiate the intervention & the entire time frame for the process, roles and responsibilities of all youth members within their group and so on. In conclusion the youth planned clear cut intervention strategies (Methodology) as well relating to their identified case analysis. All of these, starting from constructing a case to plan of action was delivered to the youth by a systematic approach going one step at a time and also by giving evidence-based approach with cases which the other LCP youth has been working on in Kannada and Telugu regions.

We convey our heartfelt gratitude to the leadership of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Royce Manoj Kumar Victor, Bishop in Malabar for deputing Rev. Sinoj, the General Secretary, Youth Department in Malabar diocese for this program. He took responsibility in imparting God’s message on two days for these young people and also made all the logistic arrangements locally. We also thank The Most Rev. Thomas K Oommen, Moderator, CSI & Bishop in Madhya Kerala, The Rt. Rev. V.S. Francis, Bishop in East Kerala, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Oommen George, Bishop in Kollam-Kottarakara, The Rt. Rev. A. Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop in South Kerala for their continued support in youth activities and for nominating and encouraging enthusiastic young people to participate in programs whose impact reaches beyond the walls of the church. This capacity building workshop was organized and facilitated by Mr. Praveen Daniel, Program Executive- LCP, CSI-SEVA.

In most instances young people want to lend hands and provide support for the people that are in need. But there is a gap to which youth are unable to execute what they want; this workshop ignited that confidence in young people to look at conflict situations systematically and to work on conflict situations powerfully as change agents.

Praveen Daniel
Program Executive - LCP


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