By: UNYPAD ComTeam
COTABATO CITY/ October 2, 2018 – Sister Halima Guimba Alfonso, Vice Chairwoman on Women Affair Committee of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Cotabato City Chapter participated in the Training of Trainers (TOT) on Insider Mediation held at Clingendael Institute in the Hague, Netherlands on September 3-14, 2018.
Among the nineteen (19) participants coming all the way from the pilot countries of Insider Mediation Project of the United Nation Development Program (UNDP); the two participants were came from the Philippines that included Halima with the nomination of UNDP based in Cotabato City, Mindanao.
The program in the Hague is with the cooperation of UNDP that aims to train Insider Mediators that have also competence to train other Insider Mediators in the local community.
Halima said the rigid program is to support the capacity of participants through enhancing their knowledge and skills in the field of negotiation and mediation.
“The training has relevance to UNYPAD programs and activities on Alternative Dispute Resolution, conflict mediation and facilitation as among of its services on peaceful way of dealing conflict, especially concerning family feud observe in the grassroots community,” Halima said.
She emphasized the importance of youth participation in any event that is in connection to achieve peace, especially the establishment of the Bangsamoro government.
“Youth is recognized to have vital role to play in the society. All we have to do is to grab every opportunity that could mold us to become competent Bangsamoro youth,” she further said.
The two weeks engagement mainly focused on understanding the basics of negotiation and mediation, especially what insider mediation means.
Halima said that through series of interactive lectures, simulations, role plays, self-assessments and group assignments, the participants were able to develop and implement the learning methodologies.
“After the program in the Hague, the plan is to do another insider mediation training in every country of origin of participant so that techniques on mediation process will be imparted also to the participants who may wish to be part of the training,” Halima concluded.