Advanced Alternatives to Violence Program
Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) is transforming lives of participants as they learn and practice to expect the best, think before reacting, respecting self and caring for others, seeking for nonviolent solutions.
The Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) had invited persons who had already attended an AVP Basic Level Workshop. The Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) Advanced Level Workshop was held March 17 – 19, 2017 at PIASS Huye Campus. 15 participants completed the workshop, among them 6 women and 9 men, 11 of them students at PIASS, and the other 4 coming from NGOs (Child Fund, Association Modeste & Innocent, Mental Health Dignity Foundation, and ARCT Ruhuka). The team was composed of Dr. Penine Uwimbabazi, Lecturer at PIASS, Eddy Kalisa Nyarwara, the President of AVP Rwanda, and Anne Dietrich, International Peace Advisor of giz Civil Peace Service based at CRASPD/ PIASS.
As is the habit in AVP Advanced Level Workshops, the community of participants decided on the focus topic in a consensus exercise. They chose the focus topic to be “Critical Thinking, Obedience, and Trust Building in Communities”. In several exercises and exchanges, the group worked together to explore which elements of ‘transforming power’ can be useful in relation to those topics and they practiced attitudes and actions can bring these strength to fruition for the benefit of their communities.