Day Nine of the 12th International Nonviolence Summer Program is all about practicing leading the training. After a week of learning the content of the two-day Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training, then a day on key practices of effective facilitation, we began doing "teach backs" where we practiced teaching modules of the training.
To support us in doing this well, the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies brought in several Level II certified trainers with much practical experience to help us practice, give feedback, and help us apply that feedback in more practice.
While most of the time we'll be presenting the training with two or three trainers total, many of our groups practiced with four so that we'd have extra support. I worked with Ms. Betty of Wheaton College, Kalisa from the Nigeria government, and Tenzin from an Indian NGO. We alternated being participants and practice trainers with another group: Arjun from a Nepali NGO, Kojo from an Ghanian nonviolence program for youth, and Melissa & Joe, two doctoral students in School Psychology at URI.
This process continues for another day. Thursday we have a practical assessment of our training skills and adherence to the curriculum, which is our final qualification for earning our Level I certification.
|Arjun, Kojo, Melissa, and Joe (left to right) teaching our group about Kingian Nonviolence|