Cycles of the training program

The ‘Peace Engineers’ School program is divided into 3 cycles, each of which lasts 4 months.

The 1st cycle of group №3 starts on January 22, 2018, and consists of 60 days of training grouped into 8 separate training blocks. At the end of the 1st cycle, you will need to pass an exam in order to be able to continue the program.

During the 2nd cycle, as a Junior Peace Engineer, you will begin to apply the knowledge acquired during the training practically. You will be supported by trainers and organizers of the program at this time.

During the 3rd cycle, you will become a Senior Peace Engineer and will support the next group of Junior Peace Engineers by yourself. After completing the 3rd cycle (this will be at the end of the school year), you will pass the final exam in order to obtain a qualification certificate of a Peace Engineer.

Blocks of training during the 1st cycle:

The 1st cycle has 8 separate training blocks. Each block will last 6-8 days and will take place in Kyiv. During the training, all participants will live in a big house. Between the training, you will go back home to complete your homework and memorize the information you received during the classes.

The main subjects taught during the 8 training blocks:

· Nonviolent communication – helps people replace their language and displays of hostility with the language of empathy, which, in turn, leads to cooperation in resolving conflicts.

· Negotiating process – an essential skill for interfering in the conflict and reducing the tension to a level, where mutual displays of hostility can be replaced by a dialogue between the parties.

· Coaching – allows working with the parties to the conflict individually, helping them explore and find ways to put an end to open hostility and/or violence in a peaceful way.

· Facilitation (supporting) dialogue – helps groups of people come to an agreement in severe conflicts, make peace and build a community through cooperation.

· Decision-making in the group – will allow you to understand how to make decisions that will be supported and considered optimal by everyone in the group.

· Mediation – supports the parties of the conflict in their effort to reach a common agreement, end the conflict, and solve the problem.

· Introduction to Neuroscience about post-traumatic syndrome (PTSD) and injury – forms an understanding of the features and consequences of PTSD and psycho-emotional injury and is extremely important for the work of the Peace Engineer. A large number of people involved in a violent conflict are traumatized to a greater or lesser extent.

· Introduction to Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) – discusses ways to preserve physical safety in the conflict zone.

· Project management – a skill for successful planning, organization, and management of various processes and initiatives aimed at establishing peace in communities that are in a state of conflict.