As part of SEM’s peacebuilding efforts in Myanmar, we have begun to engage with Buddhist youth across the country, also as a strategy to bring peace building approaches to Buddhist communities, and to heighten their awareness of conflict occurring in ethnic and faith minority communities around the country.
Twenty-eight Buddhist youth from diverse ethnicities were selected to join in a comprehensive Peacebuilding training aimed to contribute to a wider understanding among Buddhist communities on peace, provide skills and perspectives to help solve conflicts within their own communities, and to build solidarity with different identity groups suffering from conflict. We were lucky enough to have support from Jill Jameson – who has decades experience working with local communities in Asia as a trainer in peacebuilding and leadership, drawing on Buddhist principles and practice. And from Fetzer Institute, who financially supported both the Peacebuilding Training and the resulting extension trainings coordinated and co-facilitated by the youth trainees.
To read Jill’s article published originally in Seeds of Peace magazine, click on the images below: