RESTORE Belize facilitated their eleventh cohort of Conflict Mediation Training in December of 2014. It was a forty hours training course that started December 1st and ended December 5th at ITVET in Belize City. The training provides communities with essential skills such as conflict de-escalation, respectful communication, and creative problem solving skills.
Mrs. Consuelo Godfrey was a facilitator at this training and the participants included independent participants as well as representatives from the Community Action for Public Safety Programme (CAPS) and high schools in Belize. Noticeably, CAPS shares similar objectives as RESTORE Belize as their efforts are geared towards reducing crime in Belize City and assisting in the implementation of policies to reduce the violent behaviour displayed by the youths by working alongside “school communities, correction and detention facilities for juveniles and adults, community-based organizations and neighborhood communities including gangs and families”. Therefore, RESTORE Belize is working towards achieving this programme’s goals of strengthening Belize’s national capacity to manage conflict peacefully and creating a cadre of trained conflict mediators who work directly with vulnerable communities.
Notably, the twelfth cohort is scheduled for February 16th to the 22nd.
To find out more about RESTORE Belize’s Conflict Mediation Programme.
“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
(Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, University of Oslo, 1964).