Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI)
Peace Boat is a founding steering committee member of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI).

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.

The vision of Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute is for Northeast Asia to be a region of active non-violence, mutual cooperation, and lasting peace.

The mission of the NARPI is to transform the culture and structure of militarism and communities of fear and violence into just and peaceful ones by providing peacebuilding training, connecting and empowering people in Northeast Asia.

NARPI's first training was being held in Seoul and Inje, South Korea in August 2011, and followed by 2012 training in Hiroshima, and 2013 once again in Korea. Please see the NARPI web site for further information.

The 2014 training programme is currently being planned, with information to be announced in March this year.