PATH Capacity Building Training Uganda – Day 2

MORNING

The second PATH Capacity Building Training started officially with formal speeches from Edward Kaweesa, director of the Uganda Voluntary Development Association; Victoria Lovelock, director of CCIVS and Mauro Carta, CCIVS program manager.

The two trainers, Mauro Carta and Valerie Weidinger proposed the first activities: a name game and a global presentation of the PATH project, aimed at providing more details about the training taking place in Uganda.

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After some logistic expalanation, participants were invited pto present their local projects, focusing on their PATH workcamps and sharing information about their organisations and the different ongoing activities.

 

AFTERNOON

During the second part of the morning, participants had the chance to reflect about their expectations, fears and contributions for the training. Mauro presented the results of this activity and highlighted the main inputs from the group.

Mr Kigongo Remigius Mugerwa, site manager and heritage conservator for UNESCO at the Kasubi Tombs, presented the following session.  This site, situated in Kampala, is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 2001. The expert explained some aspects of the site management and the strategies to protect it  from the different risks,  such as the fire that happened in 2010. This presentation was preparatory to the visit of the next day in Kasubi.

This first part of the afternoon was completed by a presentation about cultural heritage. This was the occasion to present some definitions about heritage, and to compare the perceptions of each participant about this aspect. Among the inputs from the group, it was specified that:

  • heritage can be a source of identity
  • it can be a way for peace and conflict transformation
  • it is a political recognition on a national level
  • it is linked with economic and social development

To conclude this session, participants were asked to link a type of heritage with an example from their own experience. They presented many types of heritage, typical from their culture.

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At the end of this afternoon, participants had a brief presentation about the  International Voluntary Service movement, its history and its link with cultural heritage.

Finally, participants shared their feedback on the day gathered in small reflections groups.

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Author: CCIVS

Raising Peace: From Grassroots actions To Global Campaigns Promoting Peace and Human Rights During the last General Assembly in December 2012, CCIVS members decided to closely work together on a campaign to reinforce the recognition and visibility of the contribution of International Voluntary Service to the promotion of a culture of peace and human rights. An analysis of the work carried out on the thematic area of action of Peace & Human Rights so far revealed that several awareness-raising initiatives and training materials on Education for Peace and Human Rights have been developed by CCIVS members, however they haven't been gathered nor made available to all members and other networks. A closer co-operation and a common communication campaign would increase the visibility of IVS organisations and their work on the global level. According to the Plan of Action one specific priority in terms of International Representation and Networking is to increase capacities in the area of advocacy, international representation and to strengthen existing networks. The project, aims to strengthen the role of international voluntary service organisations as key players in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education. Through this project, we will: • Raise awareness on Human Rights and Peace construction all over Europe, promoting peace as the result of the construction of a fair, inclusive, diverse, sustainable and participative society; • Increase the number of trainers with an expertise in Peace and Human Rights Education in our organisations for them to act as multipliers; • Increase the advocacy and international representation skills of the international voluntary service movement in the field of Human Rights.

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