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May 3, 2011 - Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute - Applications Open!
The first training programme of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI), of which Peace Boat is a steering committee member, will be held in Seoul and the DMZ in August, 2011.

Through NARPI, participants from Northeast Asia receive training in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, restorative justice, and mediation. Within these training programs we also seek to build relationships between people from different parts of Asia and to seek transformative and positive approaches to conflict and cultural differences.

NARPI is working to strengthen and empower people in Northeast Asia through providing peacebuilding training and building cross-cultural networks. Northeast Asia is a region of historical, territorial, military and nuclear tensions. Today many human and financial resources are dedicated to the militarization of Northeast Asian nations. Transforming the existing culture of animosity and militarism into a culture of peace and reconciliation can be possible through education and a fundamental paradigm shift. However a void exists in the area of education and training opportunities where people can be empowered with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to bring about this change.

This is why NARPI is such a necessary institute for this region, to provide vital training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The idea of NARPI was born from the discovery of needs and demands from activists and students working in the field of peacebuilding. NARPI is made up of partners from Northeast Asia and will train students primarily from this region.

NARPI's first training will be held in Seoul and the DMZ, Korea from August 16-28, 2011. Course topics include peace education, restorative justice, peacebuilding skills development and trauma awareness and response.

Full details including course outlines are available on the NARPI website here.
Application forms, due by May 31, can be downloaded from this site. Limited funds are also available for NARPI scholarships. See the website for more information.

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