context of worrying levels of violence across religious and ethnic divides and
the devastation left by the insurgency, it is necessary to find ways of
encouraging and helping the people of Northern Nigeria to live together more
peacefully, and develop increasing levels of mutual understanding and
end, a Basic AVP workshop was held in Jos from 6th to 8th August, with 26
participants from Kenya, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Plateau and Kano States.
were selected to include both Muslims and Christians, men and women and people
from different ethnic groups.
three days, it covered various topics linked to non-violent conflict
resolution, including definitions of conflict and violence, various affirmation
exercises to build self-esteem and community, notions and techniques of
alternatives to violence, conflict analysis, Transforming Power.
response to the workshop was overwhelming.
The participants really enjoyed the novel, inter-active and
participatory methodology employed and the topics covered. Above all however they formed strong and
affectionate relationships across the various divides and were amazed at how
this was possible across divides that they had always been told could not be
was funded by Global Center on Cooperative Security